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1973 San Francisco 49ers

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.2, Offense: 1.4, Defense: -1.6, SoS: 3.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 262 points (18.7/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 319 points (22.8/g), 19th.
 Differential of -57 points (-4.1/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 5.4-8.6.

Coach: Dick Nolan (5-9-0)

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: UC-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

Team Info

Co-Owner Jane Morabito
Co-Owner Josephine Morabito
President/General Manager Louis Spadia
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 262 4224 915 4.6 39 14 27 251 233 466 2481 9 25 5.0 127 422 1743 15 4.1 97
Team Defense 319 4329 928 4.7 32 15 15 242 194 383 2366 19 17 5.7 115 513 1963 11 3.8 112
Lg Rank Offense 14 8 19 8 7 2 4 22 21 16 23 21 8 11
Lg Rank Defense 19 20 17 16 18 23 22 23 13 17 18 10 10 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-1 @ Miami Dolphins 13 21 16 252 154 98 15 279 108 171 4
2 Sun September 23 boxscore W 1-1 @ Denver Broncos 36 34 16 347 212 135 1 22 355 240 115 6
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-2 Los Angeles Rams 20 40 17 298 199 99 3 24 351 128 223 1
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 2-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 13 9 16 290 139 151 1 15 271 138 133 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 2-3 Minnesota Vikings 13 17 28 430 320 110 5 14 220 124 96 1
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-3 New Orleans Saints 40 0 21 424 221 203 2 2 82 -15 97 3
7 Sun October 28 boxscore L 3-4 Atlanta Falcons 3 17 13 178 85 93 19 377 194 183 2
8 Sun November 4 boxscore L 3-5 @ Detroit Lions 20 30 16 324 254 70 6 18 391 232 159 4
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 3-6 @ Washington Redskins 9 33 22 322 199 123 5 22 343 257 86 2
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-7 @ Los Angeles Rams 13 31 12 195 129 66 2 21 414 229 185 1
11 Mon November 26 boxscore W 4-7 Green Bay Packers 20 6 18 268 94 174 1 16 255 124 131 3
12 Sun December 2 boxscore W 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles 38 28 22 389 211 178 4 22 409 317 92 3
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 5-8 @ New Orleans Saints 10 16 18 268 152 116 3 14 274 154 120 1
14 Sat December 15 boxscore L 5-9 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 37 16 239 112 127 6 18 308 136 172

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
12 John Brodie 38 QB 14 6 2-4-0 98 194 50.5% 1126 3 1.5 12 6.2 66 5.8 3.3 11.5 80.4 47.7 4 29 5.54 3.12 2.0 1 1
11 Steve Spurrier 28 qb 11 5 2-3-0 83 157 52.9% 882 4 2.5 7 4.5 58 5.6 4.1 10.6 80.2 59.5 13 79 4.72 3.34 7.6
19 Joe Reed 25 qb 6 3 1-2-0 51 114 44.7% 589 2 1.8 6 5.3 38 5.2 3.1 11.5 98.2 44.8 10 56 4.30 2.44 8.1
17 John Isenbarger 26 14 4 1 1 100.0% 48 0 0.0 0 0.0 48 48.0 48.0 48.0 3.4 118.7 0 0 48.00 48.00 0.0
Team Total 27.3 14 5-9-0 233 466 50.0% 2645 9 1.9 25 5.4 66 5.7 3.6 11.4 188.9 51.5 27 164 5.03 3.12 5.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 194 383 50.7% 2591 19 5.0 17 4.4 6.8 5.76 13.4 185.1 70.5 32 225 5.7 4.8 7.7

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
22 Vic Washington 27 KR/RB 13 13 151 534 8 25 3.5 41.1 11.6 33 238 7.2 0 20 2.5 18.3 772 8 9
40 Ken Willard 30 FB 14 10 83 366 1 33 4.4 26.1 5.9 22 160 7.3 1 26 1.6 11.4 526 2 2
24 Jimmy Thomas 26 11 0 56 259 1 16 4.6 23.5 5.1 19 157 8.3 0 66 1.7 14.3 416 1 2
42 Doug Cunningham 28 14 1 44 165 1 12 3.8 11.8 3.1 15 118 7.9 0 23 1.1 8.4 283 1 3
35 Larry Schreiber 26 rb 4 4 42 163 0 13 3.9 40.8 10.5 12 98 8.2 0 31 3.0 24.5 261 0 1
19 Joe Reed 25 qb 6 3 15 85 0 20 5.7 14.2 2.5 85 0 3
11 Steve Spurrier 28 qb 11 5 9 32 2 12 3.6 2.9 0.8 32 2 3
33 Randy Jackson 25 2 0 6 10 0 5 1.7 5.0 3.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.5 10.0 30 0 0
82 Ted Kwalick* 26 TE 14 14 5 37 0 20 7.4 2.6 0.4 47 729 15.5 5 48 3.4 52.1 766 5 1
12 John Brodie 38 QB 14 6 5 16 1 14 3.2 1.1 0.4 16 1 0
29 Dave Atkins 24 5 0 4 19 1 8 4.8 3.8 0.8 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 0.2 -0.6 16 1 0
17 John Isenbarger 26 14 4 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 10 67 6.7 0 18 0.7 4.8 61 0 0
13 Tom Wittum* 23 P 14 0 1 63 0 63 63.0 4.5 0.1 63 0 0
18 Gene Washington 26 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 606 16.4 2 58 2.8 46.6 606 2 1
46 Danny Abramowicz 28 WR 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 442 12.6 1 54 2.9 36.8 442 1 0
88 Dick Witcher 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 0.9 13 0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 422 1743 15 63 4.1 124.5 30.1 233 2645 11.4 9 66 16.6 188.9 4388 24 32
Opp Total 14 513 1963 11 3.8 140.2 36.6 194 2366 12.2 19 13.9 169.0 4329 30 23

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
49 Ralph McGill 23 PR 14 4 22 186 0 54 8.5 17 374 0 43 22.0 560
22 Vic Washington 27 KR/RB 13 13 24 549 0 38 22.9 1321
44 Bruce Taylor 25 RCB 14 12 15 207 0 61 13.8 207
42 Doug Cunningham 28 14 1 8 173 0 35 21.6 456
24 Jimmy Thomas 26 11 0 5 81 0 23 16.2 497
29 Dave Atkins 24 5 0 3 93 0 54 31.0 109
84 Dave Olerich 29 14 0 2 17 0 12 8.5 17
43 Windlan Hall 23 14 6 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
38 Mike Simpson 26 FS 13 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
58 Jim Sniadecki 26 MLB 14 11 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
40 Ken Willard 30 FB 14 10 1 0 0 0 0.0 526
Team Total 27.3 14 37 393 0 61 10.6 63 1301 0 54 20.7 6082
Opp Total 14 46 367 0 8.0 52 1151 1 22.1

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
13 Tom Wittum* 23 P 14 0 79 3455 62 0 43.7
30 Bruce Gossett 32 K 14 0 4 4 12 9 9 8 7 4 1 1 33 26 78.8%% 26 26 100.0%%
Team Total 27.3 14 4 4 12 9 9 8 7 4 1 1 33 26 78.8%% 26 26 100.0%% 79 3455 62 0 43.7
Opp Total 14 45 31 68.9%% 32 32 100.0%% 72 2974 41.3

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
22 Vic Washington 27 KR/RB 13 13 0 9 2 0 0
44 Bruce Taylor 25 RCB 14 12 6 30 0 22 0 0 1 0 0 0
49 Ralph McGill 23 PR 14 4 0 3 2 0 0
58 Jim Sniadecki 26 MLB 14 11 1 11 0 11 0 0 1 3 0 0
37 Jimmy Johnson 35 LCB 13 13 4 46 0 30 0
19 Joe Reed 25 qb 6 3 0 3 1 0 0
11 Steve Spurrier 28 qb 11 5 0 3 1 0 0
42 Doug Cunningham 28 14 1 0 3 0 0 0
43 Windlan Hall 23 14 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 61 1
24 Jimmy Thomas 26 11 0 0 2 1 0 0
64 Dave Wilcox* 31 LLB 14 14 2 14 0 10 0 0 0 1 3 0
86 Cedrick Hardman 25 RDE 14 11 0 0 2 0 0 1
32 Mel Phillips 31 SS 14 14 1 13 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
76 Len Rohde 35 LT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
67 John Watson 24 LG 14 13 0 1 1 -33 0
40 Ken Willard 30 FB 14 10 0 2 0 0 0
46 Danny Abramowicz 28 WR 12 11 0 0 1 0 0
72 Bill Belk 27 13 3 0 0 1 2 0
75 Forrest Blue* 28 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
59 Willie Harper 23 RLB 14 11 0 0 1 18 0
53 Tommy Hart 29 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
56 Bob Hoskins 28 RDT 14 13 0 0 1 40 0
17 John Isenbarger 26 14 4 0 0 1 0 0
82 Ted Kwalick* 26 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
57 Frank Nunley 28 14 3 1 13 0 13 0
35 Larry Schreiber 26 rb 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
38 Mike Simpson 26 FS 13 7 0 0 1 0 0
52 Skip Vanderbundt 27 9 3 1 7 0 7 0
18 Gene Washington 26 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
13 Tom Wittum* 23 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 17 134 0 30 0 0 32 27 91 1 1
Opp Total 14 27 23 8 1

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
30 Bruce Gossett 32 K 14 0 26 26 104
22 Vic Washington 27 KR/RB 13 13 8 8 48
82 Ted Kwalick* 26 TE 14 14 5 5 30
43 Windlan Hall 23 14 6 1 1 2 12
11 Steve Spurrier 28 qb 11 5 2 2 12
18 Gene Washington 26 WR 13 13 2 2 12
40 Ken Willard 30 FB 14 10 1 1 2 12
46 Danny Abramowicz 28 WR 12 11 1 1 6
29 Dave Atkins 24 5 0 1 1 6
12 John Brodie 38 QB 14 6 1 1 6
42 Doug Cunningham 28 14 1 1 1 6
24 Jimmy Thomas 26 11 0 1 1 6
86 Cedrick Hardman 25 RDE 14 11 1 2
Team Total 27.3 14 15 9 1 1 26 26 26 1 262
Opp Total 14 11 19 1 1 32 31 1 319

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ MIA L, 13-21 2 3 rush Vic Washington 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
2 1973-09-23 @ DEN W, 36-34 2 5 rush Jimmy Thomas 5 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ DEN W, 36-34 2 1 rush John Brodie 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ DEN W, 36-34 3 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
5 1973-09-30 RAM L, 20-40 1 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
6 1973-09-30 RAM L, 20-40 4 20 pass Ted Kwalick 20 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1973-10-07 @ ATL W, 13-9 2 7 rush Vic Washington 7 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1973-10-14 MIN L, 13-17 3 7 pass Ken Willard 7 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
9 1973-10-21 NOR W, 40-0 2 23 pass Danny Abramowicz 23 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
10 1973-10-21 NOR W, 40-0 3 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
11 1973-10-21 NOR W, 40-0 3 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
12 1973-10-21 NOR W, 40-0 3 3 rush Ken Willard 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
13 1973-10-21 NOR W, 40-0 4 36 pass Ted Kwalick 36 yard pass from Joe Reed (Bruce Gossett kick)
14 1973-11-04 @ DET L, 20-30 2 5 pass Gene Washington 5 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
15 1973-11-04 @ DET L, 20-30 2 31 pass Ted Kwalick 31 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
16 1973-11-18 @ RAM L, 13-31 4 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
17 1973-11-26 GNB W, 20-6 2 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
18 1973-11-26 GNB W, 20-6 4 20 pass Ted Kwalick 20 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1973-12-02 PHI W, 38-28 1 61 fumble Windlan Hall 61 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1973-12-02 PHI W, 38-28 2 1 rush Steve Spurrier 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
21 1973-12-02 PHI W, 38-28 2 3 rush Doug Cunningham 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1973-12-02 PHI W, 38-28 2 28 pass Gene Washington 28 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
23 1973-12-02 PHI W, 38-28 4 1 rush Steve Spurrier 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1973-12-09 @ NOR L, 10-16 4 14 pass Ted Kwalick 14 yard pass from Joe Reed (Bruce Gossett kick)
25 1973-12-15 PIT L, 14-37 2 0 fumble Windlan Hall 0 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
26 1973-12-15 PIT L, 14-37 4 3 rush Dave Atkins 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ MIA W, 21-13 4 10 pass Paul Warfield 10 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
2 1973-09-23 @ DEN L, 34-36 1 18 pass Jerry Simmons 18 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ DEN L, 34-36 3 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ DEN L, 34-36 4 19 pass Gene Washington 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ DEN L, 34-36 4 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
6 1973-09-30 RAM W, 40-20 1 93 kickoff Cullen Bryant 93 yard kickoff return (David Ray kick)
7 1973-09-30 RAM W, 40-20 2 11 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 11 yard rush (David Ray kick)
8 1973-09-30 RAM W, 40-20 2 39 pass Harold Jackson 39 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
9 1973-09-30 RAM W, 40-20 4 1 rush Tony Baker 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
10 1973-10-14 MIN W, 17-13 1 12 pass John Gilliam 12 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
11 1973-10-14 MIN W, 17-13 2 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1973-10-28 ATL W, 17-3 1 51 pass Ken Burrow 51 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1973-10-28 ATL W, 17-3 2 22 pass Ken Burrow 22 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1973-11-04 @ DET W, 30-20 1 19 pass Larry Walton 19 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jim O'Brien kick)
15 1973-11-04 @ DET W, 30-20 1 49 pass Larry Walton 49 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jim O'Brien kick)
16 1973-11-04 @ DET W, 30-20 2 19 rush Altie Taylor 19 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
17 1973-11-11 @ WAS W, 33-9 1 18 pass Larry Brown 18 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Curt Knight kick)
18 1973-11-11 @ WAS W, 33-9 3 25 pass Charlie Harraway 25 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
19 1973-11-11 @ WAS W, 33-9 4 2 pass Mike Hancock 2 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
20 1973-11-18 @ RAM W, 31-13 2 25 pass Harold Jackson 25 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
21 1973-11-18 @ RAM W, 31-13 2 22 pass Harold Jackson 22 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
22 1973-11-18 @ RAM W, 31-13 3 5 rush Jim Bertelsen 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
23 1973-11-18 @ RAM W, 31-13 4 57 pass Harold Jackson 57 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
24 1973-12-02 PHI L, 28-38 3 14 pass Harold Carmichael 14 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
25 1973-12-02 PHI L, 28-38 4 18 pass Charle Young 18 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
26 1973-12-02 PHI L, 28-38 4 1 rush Tom Sullivan 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
27 1973-12-02 PHI L, 28-38 4 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
28 1973-12-09 @ NOR W, 16-10 1 37 pass Jubilee Dunbar 37 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
29 1973-12-15 PIT W, 37-14 1 71 interception John Rowser 71 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
30 1973-12-15 PIT W, 37-14 2 1 rush Preston Pearson 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
31 1973-12-15 PIT W, 37-14 3 50 pass Frank Lewis 50 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
32 1973-12-15 PIT W, 37-14 4 1 rush Steve Davis 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)