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1956 San Francisco 49ers

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5-6-1, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.7, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -0.7, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 233 points (19.4/g), 8th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 284 points (23.7/g), 9th.
 Differential of -51 points (-4.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 4.6-7.4.

Coach: Frankie Albert (5-6-1)

Stadium: Kezar Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Mary's College (Moraga, California)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Tony Morabito
General Manager Louis Spadia

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 233 3813 752 5.1 31 12 13 221 162 297 1977 8 19 5.9 107 419 1836 17 4.4 101
Team Defense 284 4162 778 5.3 34 17 9 236 147 279 1970 12 17 6.6 103 481 2192 23 4.6 124
Lg Rank Offense 8 6 5 6 5 5 5 10 7 7 8 8 5 4
Lg Rank Defense 9 10 5 2 10 6 8 5 9 9 10 11 12 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 New York Giants 21 38 27 408 301 107 4 15 300 133 167
2 Sun October 7 boxscore W 1-1 Los Angeles Rams 33 30 15 219 11 208 1 21 432 361 71 7
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-2 @ Chicago Bears 7 31 13 268 172 96 4 23 394 86 308 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ Detroit Lions 17 20 15 257 67 190 2 25 393 149 244 1
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 1-4 Chicago Bears 21 38 20 401 190 211 1 27 440 207 233 1
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-5 Detroit Lions 13 17 15 246 153 93 3 19 283 89 194 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 6 30 14 264 197 67 5 17 398 139 259 3
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 2-6 @ Green Bay Packers 17 16 24 375 149 226 2 16 319 181 138 4
9 Sun November 25 boxscore T 2-6-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 10 10 19 285 178 107 4 13 290 170 120 4
9 Sun December 2 boxscore W 3-6-1 @ Baltimore Colts 20 17 16 360 240 120 2 22 302 150 152 4
11 Sat December 8 boxscore W 4-6-1 Green Bay Packers 38 20 23 427 181 246 1 16 275 201 74 3
12 Sun December 16 boxscore W 5-6-1 Baltimore Colts 30 17 20 303 138 165 2 22 336 104 232 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Y.A. Tittle 30 QB 11 8 4-3-1 124 218 56.9% 1641 7 3.2 12 5.5 77 7.5 5.7 13.2 149.2 68.6 0 0
11 Earl Morrall 22 P 12 4 1-3-0 38 78 48.7% 621 1 1.3 6 7.7 37 8.0 4.8 16.3 51.8 48.1 0 0
39 Hugh McElhenny* 28 LH 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 5-6-1 162 297 54.5% 2262 8 2.7 19 6.4 77 7.6 5.3 14.0 188.5 61.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 147 279 52.7% 2115 12 4.3 17 6.1 7.6 5.70 14.4 176.3 66.5 18 145 6.6 4.9 6.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
39 Hugh McElhenny* 28 LH 12 0 185 916 8 86 5.0 76.3 15.4 16 193 12.1 0 22 1.3 16.1 1109 8 4
34 Joe Perry 29 FB 11 0 115 520 3 39 4.5 47.3 10.5 18 104 5.8 0 20 1.6 9.5 624 3 3
35 John Henry Johnson 27 12 0 80 301 2 54 3.8 25.1 6.7 8 90 11.3 0 28 0.7 7.5 391 2 1
14 Y.A. Tittle 30 QB 11 8 24 67 4 13 2.8 6.1 2.2 67 4 3
47 Dicky Moegle 22 RS 12 0 7 18 0 12 2.6 1.5 0.6 3 79 26.3 0 37 0.3 6.6 97 0 0
11 Earl Morrall 22 P 12 4 6 10 0 8 1.7 0.8 0.5 10 0 1
43 Tom McCormick 26 6 0 2 4 0 2 2.0 0.7 0.3 4 0 0
84 Billy Wilson* 29 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 60 889 14.8 5 77 5.0 74.1 889 5 1
86 Clyde Conner 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 362 16.5 1 49 1.8 30.2 362 1 1
82 Gordie Soltau 31 K/LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 299 16.6 1 33 1.5 24.9 299 1 0
22 Joe Arenas 31 KR/PR/RH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 226 16.1 1 50 1.2 18.8 226 1 1
85 Bill Jessup 27 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 7 3.5 0 10 0.7 2.3 7 0 0
80 Charlie Smith 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.1 13 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 419 1836 17 86 4.4 153.0 34.9 162 2262 14.0 8 77 13.5 188.5 4098 25 17
Opp Total 12 481 2192 23 4.6 182.7 40.1 147 1970 13.4 12 12.3 164.2 4162 35 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Joe Arenas 31 KR/PR/RH 12 0 19 117 1 67 6.2 27 801 1 96 29.7 1144
39 Hugh McElhenny* 28 LH 12 0 15 38 0 12 2.5 13 300 0 36 23.1 1447
47 Dicky Moegle 22 RS 12 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 2 39 0 22 19.5 141
40 George Maderos 23 LDH 12 0 2 21 0 12 10.5 21
57 Paul Carr 25 RDH 12 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
36 Paul Goad 22 4 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
76 John Gonzaga 23 MG 9 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
72 Bill Herchman 23 RDT 12 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
35 John Henry Johnson 27 12 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 414
43 Tom McCormick 26 6 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 22
80 Charlie Smith 23 12 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 27
Team Total 25.7 12 35 160 1 67 4.6 51 1257 1 96 24.6 5515
Opp Total 12 35 1441 0 41.2 42 988 0 23.5

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
82 Gordie Soltau 31 K/LE 12 0 20 13 65.0%% 28 26 92.9%%
11 Earl Morrall 22 P 12 4 45 1705 57 0 37.9
85 Bill Jessup 27 3 0 14 563 63 0 40.2
Team Total 25.7 12 20 13 65.0%% 28 26 92.9%% 59 2268 63 0 38.4
Opp Total 12 25 14 56.0%% 34 32 94.1%% 42 1710 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
47 Dicky Moegle 22 RS 12 0 6 75 1 31 0
54 Ed Beatty 24 12 0 0 0 5 0 0
23 Rex Berry 32 12 0 3 20 0 20 0 0 1 1 0 0
27 Bob Holladay 24 LS 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
39 Hugh McElhenny* 28 LH 12 0 0 4 1 0 0
14 Y.A. Tittle 30 QB 11 8 0 3 1 0 0
40 George Maderos 23 LDH 12 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 Joe Perry 29 FB 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
22 Joe Arenas 31 KR/PR/RH 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
57 Paul Carr 25 RDH 12 0 2 18 0 11 0
69 Jerry Smith 26 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
77 Bruce Bosley 23 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Clyde Conner 23 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
55 Matt Hazeltine 23 RLB 12 0 1 7 0 7 0
72 Bill Herchman 23 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 John Henry Johnson 27 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
11 Earl Morrall 22 P 12 4 0 1 0 0 0
52 George Morris 25 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Leo Nomellini* 32 LDT 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
50 Leo Rucka 25 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Ed Sharkey 29 7 0 1 4 0 4 0
50 Stan Sheriff 24 LLB 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Ernie Smith 26 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
84 Billy Wilson* 29 RE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 17 126 1 31 0 0 17 21 0 0
Opp Total 12 36 27 10

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
82 Gordie Soltau 31 K/LE 12 0 1 1 26 13 71
39 Hugh McElhenny* 28 LH 12 0 8 8 48
84 Billy Wilson* 29 RE 12 0 5 5 30
14 Y.A. Tittle 30 QB 11 8 4 4 24
22 Joe Arenas 31 KR/PR/RH 12 0 1 1 1 3 18
34 Joe Perry 29 FB 11 0 3 3 18
35 John Henry Johnson 27 12 0 2 2 12
86 Clyde Conner 23 12 0 1 1 6
47 Dicky Moegle 22 RS 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.7 12 17 8 1 1 1 28 26 13 233
Opp Total 12 23 12 32 14 284

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 NYG L, 21-38 2 16 rush Hugh McElhenny 16 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1956-09-30 NYG L, 21-38 3 33 pass Billy Wilson 33 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1956-09-30 NYG L, 21-38 4 2 rush Hugh McElhenny 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1956-10-07 RAM W, 33-30 3 28 rush Joe Perry 28 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1956-10-07 RAM W, 33-30 4 2 rush Hugh McElhenny 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1956-10-07 RAM W, 33-30 4 2 rush Hugh McElhenny 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1956-10-14 @ CHI L, 7-31 4 32 pass Joe Arenas 32 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1956-10-21 @ DET L, 17-20 1 2 rush John Henry Johnson 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1956-10-21 @ DET L, 17-20 3 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1956-10-28 CHI L, 21-38 2 5 rush Hugh McElhenny 5 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1956-10-28 CHI L, 21-38 2 29 pass Gordie Soltau 29 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1956-10-28 CHI L, 21-38 4 51 rush Hugh McElhenny 51 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
13 1956-11-04 DET L, 13-17 2 90 kickoff Joe Arenas 90 yard kickoff return (Gordie Soltau kick)
14 1956-11-18 @ GNB W, 17-16 2 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
15 1956-11-18 @ GNB W, 17-16 3 86 rush Hugh McElhenny 86 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
16 1956-11-25 @ PHI T, 10-10 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
17 1956-12-02 @ BAL W, 20-17 2 9 pass Billy Wilson 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1956-12-02 @ BAL W, 20-17 3 4 rush Joe Perry 4 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1956-12-02 @ BAL W, 20-17 4 77 pass Billy Wilson 77 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
20 1956-12-08 GNB W, 38-20 1 26 rush Hugh McElhenny 26 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
21 1956-12-08 GNB W, 38-20 2 9 pass Clyde Conner 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
22 1956-12-08 GNB W, 38-20 4 6 pass Billy Wilson 6 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
23 1956-12-08 GNB W, 38-20 4 31 interception Dicky Moegle 31 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
24 1956-12-08 GNB W, 38-20 4 4 rush Joe Perry 4 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
25 1956-12-16 BAL W, 30-17 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
26 1956-12-16 BAL W, 30-17 4 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1956-12-16 BAL W, 30-17 4 67 punt Joe Arenas 67 yard punt return (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1956-12-16 BAL W, 30-17 4 17 pass Billy Wilson 17 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 NYG W, 38-21 1 43 pass Alex Webster 43 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Frank Gifford kick)
2 1956-09-30 NYG W, 38-21 1 59 rush Frank Gifford 59 yard rush (Frank Gifford kick)
3 1956-09-30 NYG W, 38-21 2 35 pass Mel Triplett 35 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Frank Gifford kick)
4 1956-09-30 NYG W, 38-21 3 1 rush Mel Triplett 1 yard rush (Frank Gifford kick)
5 1956-09-30 NYG W, 38-21 4 13 rush Mel Triplett 13 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
6 1956-10-07 RAM L, 30-33 1 8 rush Billy Wade 8 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
7 1956-10-07 RAM L, 30-33 3 24 pass Bob Boyd 24 yard pass from Billy Wade
8 1956-10-07 RAM L, 30-33 3 57 pass Elroy Hirsch 57 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
9 1956-10-07 RAM L, 30-33 4 3 pass Elroy Hirsch 3 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
10 1956-10-14 @ CHI W, 31-7 2 1 rush Ed Brown 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1956-10-14 @ CHI W, 31-7 2 1 rush Bobby Watkins 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1956-10-14 @ CHI W, 31-7 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
13 1956-10-14 @ CHI W, 31-7 4 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1956-10-21 @ DET W, 20-17 2 3 rush Don McIlhenny 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
15 1956-10-21 @ DET W, 20-17 3 2 rush Bobby Layne 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
16 1956-10-28 CHI W, 38-21 1 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1956-10-28 CHI W, 38-21 1 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
18 1956-10-28 CHI W, 38-21 2 6 rush Harland Carl 6 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1956-10-28 CHI W, 38-21 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
20 1956-10-28 CHI W, 38-21 4 3 rush Rick Casares 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1956-11-04 DET W, 17-13 2 3 rush Leon Hart 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
22 1956-11-04 DET W, 17-13 3 1 rush Leon Hart 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
23 1956-11-11 @ RAM W, 30-6 2 4 pass Bob Boyd 4 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
24 1956-11-11 @ RAM W, 30-6 3 38 pass Elroy Hirsch 38 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
25 1956-11-11 @ RAM W, 30-6 4 2 rush Joe Marconi 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
26 1956-11-18 @ GNB L, 16-17 1 39 pass Billy Howton 39 yard pass from Bart Starr
27 1956-11-18 @ GNB L, 16-17 4 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
28 1956-11-25 @ PHI T, 10-10 3 29 pass Bobby Walston 29 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
29 1956-12-02 @ BAL L, 17-20 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
30 1956-12-02 @ BAL L, 17-20 3 3 rush Alan Ameche 3 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
31 1956-12-08 GNB L, 20-38 1 69 pass Fred Cone 69 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
32 1956-12-08 GNB L, 20-38 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
33 1956-12-08 GNB L, 20-38 4 11 pass Billy Howton 11 yard pass from Bart Starr
34 1956-12-16 BAL L, 17-30 1 4 rush Lenny Moore 4 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
35 1956-12-16 BAL L, 17-30 3 31 pass Raymond Berry 31 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)