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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 233 3813 752 5.1 31 12 221 162 297 1977 8 19 5.9 107 419 1836 17 4.4 101 57 562 13
Opp. Stats 284 4162 778 5.3 34 17 236 147 279 1970 12 17 6.6 103 481 2192 23 4.6 124 37 321 9
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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
10 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. 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 Yds 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. 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. 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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 27 10 36

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
82 Gordie Soltau 31 K/LE 12 0 1 1 26 28 13 20 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 28 13 20 233
Opp Total 12 23 12 32 34 14 25 284

Touchdown Log

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