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1978 San Francisco 49ers

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2-14-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.1, Offense: -4.6, Defense: -4.5, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 219 points (13.7/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 350 points (21.9/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -131 points (-8.2/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 4.0-12.0.

Coach: Pete McCulley (1-8-0) and Fred O'Connor (1-6-0)

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: San Jose State (San Jose, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
General Manager Joe Thomas
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 219 4047 1062 3.8 63 27 34 257 190 435 1956 9 36 4.1 106 585 2091 14 3.6 117
Team Defense 350 5024 1097 4.6 45 27 37 298 219 413 2659 20 18 5.9 133 649 2365 17 3.6 128
Lg Rank Offense 28 27 28 27 23 12 25 26 28 28 11 21 19 24
Lg Rank Defense 23 21 5 1 20 8 18 20 23 20 26 17 17 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 @ Cleveland Browns 7 24 18 295 164 131 6 18 393 180 213 3
2 Sun September 10 boxscore L 0-2 Chicago Bears 13 16 19 307 112 195 4 11 212 101 111 1
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-3 @ Houston Oilers 19 20 18 382 321 61 3 23 330 179 151 2
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-4 @ New York Giants 10 27 13 191 87 104 5 22 382 126 256 3
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 1-4 Cincinnati Bengals 28 12 11 179 66 113 2 18 322 219 103 8
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 27 13 215 83 132 2 23 404 177 227 4
7 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-6 New Orleans Saints 7 14 12 175 101 74 6 12 206 31 175
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 1-7 Atlanta Falcons 17 20 21 261 53 208 2 16 330 216 114 2
9 Sun October 29 boxscore L 1-8 @ Washington Redskins 20 38 24 326 201 125 5 21 296 177 119 1
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-9 @ Atlanta Falcons 10 21 13 168 50 118 3 16 246 184 62 3
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 1-10 St. Louis Cardinals 10 16 16 264 146 118 3 21 335 221 114 2
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 1-11 Los Angeles Rams 28 31 16 248 83 165 1 21 386 255 131 3
13 Mon November 27 boxscore L 1-12 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 24 12 141 74 67 5 22 380 168 212 4
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 1-13 @ New Orleans Saints 13 24 14 287 128 159 3 24 383 190 193 4
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 2-13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 3 17 239 149 90 6 13 196 83 113 3
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 2-14 @ Detroit Lions 14 33 20 369 138 231 7 17 221 152 69 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
17 Steve DeBerg 24 QB 12 11 1-10-0 137 302 45.4% 1570 8 2.6 22 7.3 58 5.2 2.5 11.5 130.8 40.0 17 156 4.43 1.83 5.3 0 1
19 Scott Bull 25 qb 16 5 1-4-0 48 121 39.7% 651 1 0.8 11 9.1 48 5.4 1.5 13.6 40.7 22.4 22 160 3.43 0.11 15.4
88 Freddie Solomon 25 WR 16 15 5 10 50.0% 85 0 0.0 1 10.0 30 8.5 4.0 17.0 5.3 39.6 3 34 3.92 0.46 23.1
23 Bruce Threadgill 22 14 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 2 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 24.7 16 2-14-0 190 435 43.7% 2306 9 2.1 36 8.3 58 5.3 2.0 12.1 144.1 33.0 42 350 4.10 1.08 8.8 0 1
Opp Total 16 219 413 53.0% 2948 20 4.8 18 4.4 7.1 6.15 13.5 184.3 74.0 35 289 5.9 5.0 7.8

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
32 O.J. Simpson 31 RB 10 10 161 593 1 34 3.7 59.3 16.1 21 172 8.2 2 19 2.1 17.2 765 3 5
38 Bob Ferrell 26 fb 16 8 125 471 1 20 3.8 29.4 7.8 16 123 7.7 0 14 1.0 7.7 594 1 5
36 Paul Hofer 26 rb 16 6 121 465 7 40 3.8 29.1 7.6 12 170 14.2 0 46 0.8 10.6 635 7 4
33 Greg Boykin 25 FB 16 8 102 361 2 23 3.5 22.6 6.4 19 112 5.9 0 22 1.2 7.0 473 2 3
19 Scott Bull 25 qb 16 5 29 100 1 15 3.4 6.3 1.8 100 1 6
30 Dave Williams 24 KR 16 0 15 18 0 6 1.2 1.1 0.9 10 63 6.3 0 13 0.6 3.9 81 0 6
17 Steve DeBerg 24 QB 12 11 15 20 1 7 1.3 1.7 1.3 20 1 9
88 Freddie Solomon 25 WR 16 15 14 70 1 17 5.0 4.4 0.9 31 458 14.8 2 58 1.9 28.6 528 3 5
21 Larry Jones 27 9 0 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -1.0 0.1 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.1 2.3 12 0 1
31 Earl Carr 23 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 2 0 0
55 Bruce Elia 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
81 Ken MacAfee 22 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 205 9.3 1 22 1.7 15.8 205 1 0
85 Paul Seal 26 te 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 370 17.6 2 41 1.5 26.4 370 2 0
83 Kenny Harrison 25 WR 8 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 320 20.0 0 50 2.0 40.0 320 0 0
80 Terry LeCount 22 wr 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 131 13.1 0 30 3.3 43.7 131 0 0
84 Elmo Boyd 24 wr 9 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 115 12.8 1 32 1.0 12.8 115 1 1
87 Jack Steptoe 22 PR 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 46 23.0 1 35 0.3 7.7 46 1 3
Team Total 24.7 16 585 2091 14 40 3.6 130.7 36.6 190 2306 12.1 9 58 11.9 144.1 4397 23 56
Opp Total 16 649 2365 17 3.6 147.8 40.6 219 2659 12.1 20 13.7 166.2 5024 37 50

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
30 Dave Williams 24 KR 16 0 34 745 1 89 21.9 826
36 Paul Hofer 26 rb 16 6 18 386 0 40 21.4 1021
87 Jack Steptoe 22 PR 6 0 11 129 0 28 11.7 175
21 Larry Jones 27 9 0 10 86 0 52 8.6 98
88 Freddie Solomon 25 WR 16 15 9 35 0 11 3.9 563
42 Tony Leonard 25 LCB 12 10 8 26 0 14 3.3 26
84 Mike Shumann 23 wr 6 0 8 40 0 36 5.0 40
80 Terry LeCount 22 wr 3 3 5 91 0 23 18.2 222
65 Ernie Hughes 23 LG 15 11 4 53 0 17 13.3 53
33 Greg Boykin 25 FB 16 8 3 37 0 25 12.3 510
58 Mark Nichols 22 15 0 3 39 0 20 13.0 39
62 Walt Downing 22 RG 16 14 2 13 0 13 6.5 13
35 Elliott Walker 22 9 0 2 25 0 23 12.5 25
38 Bob Ferrell 26 fb 16 8 1 24 0 24 24.0 618
56 Fred Quillan 22 c 14 7 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
49 Vern Roberson 26 FS 16 12 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
Team Total 24.7 16 47 323 0 52 6.9 73 1421 1 89 19.5 6141
Opp Total 16 46 356 0 7.7 47 928 0 19.7

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
10 Mike Connell 22 P 16 0 96 3583 59 1 37.3
14 Ray Wersching 28 K 16 0 2 2 5 5 10 4 5 4 1 23 15 65.2%% 25 24 96.0%%
Team Total 24.7 16 2 2 5 5 10 4 5 4 1 23 15 65.2%% 25 24 96.0%% 96 3583 59 1 37.3
Opp Total 16 38 23 60.5%% 40 39 97.5%% 87 3497 40.2

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
17 Steve DeBerg 24 QB 12 11 0 9 2 -5 0
19 Scott Bull 25 qb 16 5 0 6 4 -8 0
88 Freddie Solomon 25 WR 16 15 0 5 4 -2 0
30 Dave Williams 24 KR 16 0 0 6 3 0 0
24 Chuck Crist 27 fs/SS 15 15 6 159 0 32 0 0 1 1 0 0
36 Paul Hofer 26 rb 16 6 0 4 4 3 0
42 Tony Leonard 25 LCB 12 10 4 44 1 30 0 0 1 2 0 0
32 O.J. Simpson 31 RB 10 10 0 5 1 0 0
38 Bob Ferrell 26 fb 16 8 0 5 0 0 0
57 Dan Bunz 23 MLB 16 16 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 3 9 0
22 Eddie Lewis 25 RCB 16 16 3 17 0 11 0 0 0 1 24 0
78 Archie Reese 22 LDE 16 13 0 0 4 4 0
33 Greg Boykin 25 FB 16 8 0 3 0 0 0
75 Ed Galigher 28 RDT 15 15 0 0 3 0 0
50 Joe Harris 26 LLB 16 16 0 0 3 6 0
26 Bob Jury 23 ss 15 8 0 0 3 0 0
49 Vern Roberson 26 FS 16 12 1 31 0 31 0 0 0 2 0 0
87 Jack Steptoe 22 PR 6 0 0 3 0 0 0
62 Walt Downing 22 RG 16 14 0 1 1 0 0
42 Ricky Odom 22 db 3 3 2 19 0 19 0
84 Mike Shumann 23 wr 6 0 0 2 0 0 0
35 Elliott Walker 22 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
68 John Ayers 25 lg/LT 16 13 0 0 1 0 0
84 Elmo Boyd 24 wr 9 7 0 1 0 0 0
54 Ed Bradley 28 RLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
10 Mike Connell 22 P 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Randy Cross 24 C 9 9 0 1 0 0 0
55 Bruce Elia 25 16 0 0 1 0 -15 0
71 Keith Fahnhorst 26 RT 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
86 Cedrick Hardman 30 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 13 0
21 Larry Jones 27 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Ken MacAfee 22 TE 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
76 Willie McCray 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Dean Moore 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Mark Nichols 22 15 0 1 0 0 0 0
74 Jimmy Webb 26 LDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.7 16 18 283 1 32 0 0 56 51 29 0
Opp Total 16 42 50 23 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
14 Ray Wersching 28 K 16 0 24 15 69
36 Paul Hofer 26 rb 16 6 7 7 42
32 O.J. Simpson 31 RB 10 10 1 2 3 18
88 Freddie Solomon 25 WR 16 15 1 2 3 18
33 Greg Boykin 25 FB 16 8 2 2 12
85 Paul Seal 26 te 14 5 2 2 12
84 Elmo Boyd 24 wr 9 7 1 1 6
19 Scott Bull 25 qb 16 5 1 1 6
17 Steve DeBerg 24 QB 12 11 1 1 6
38 Bob Ferrell 26 fb 16 8 1 1 6
42 Tony Leonard 25 LCB 12 10 1 1 6
81 Ken MacAfee 22 TE 13 13 1 1 6
87 Jack Steptoe 22 PR 6 0 1 1 6
30 Dave Williams 24 KR 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 24.7 16 14 9 1 1 25 24 15 219
Opp Total 16 17 20 1 1 39 23 1 350

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ CLE L, 7-24 2 7 pass Ken MacAfee 7 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
2 1978-09-10 CHI L, 13-16 1 8 pass O.J. Simpson 8 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
3 1978-09-17 @ HOU L, 19-20 3 58 pass Freddie Solomon 58 yard pass from Steve DeBerg
4 1978-09-17 @ HOU L, 19-20 4 8 pass Paul Seal 8 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
5 1978-09-24 @ NYG L, 10-27 4 2 rush Steve DeBerg 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
6 1978-10-01 CIN W, 28-12 1 24 pass Elmo Boyd 24 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
7 1978-10-01 CIN W, 28-12 2 9 pass O.J. Simpson 9 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
8 1978-10-01 CIN W, 28-12 2 30 interception Tony Leonard 30 yard interception return (Ray Wersching kick)
9 1978-10-01 CIN W, 28-12 4 28 rush Paul Hofer 28 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
10 1978-10-08 @ RAM L, 10-27 3 2 rush Greg Boykin 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
11 1978-10-15 NOR L, 7-14 4 22 pass Freddie Solomon 22 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
12 1978-10-22 ATL L, 17-20 1 13 rush O.J. Simpson 13 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
13 1978-10-22 ATL L, 17-20 2 15 rush Scott Bull 15 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
14 1978-10-29 @ WAS L, 20-38 1 2 rush Paul Hofer 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
15 1978-10-29 @ WAS L, 20-38 4 2 rush Greg Boykin 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
16 1978-11-05 @ ATL L, 10-21 4 3 rush Paul Hofer 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
17 1978-11-12 STL L, 10-16 4 3 rush Bob Ferrell 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
18 1978-11-19 RAM L, 28-31 2 1 rush Paul Hofer 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1978-11-19 RAM L, 28-31 3 1 rush Paul Hofer 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
20 1978-11-19 RAM L, 28-31 4 89 kickoff Dave Williams 89 yard kickoff return (Ray Wersching kick)
21 1978-11-19 RAM L, 28-31 4 1 rush Paul Hofer 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
22 1978-11-27 PIT L, 7-24 3 2 rush Paul Hofer 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
23 1978-12-03 @ NOR L, 13-24 2 41 pass Paul Seal 41 yard pass from Scott Bull (Ray Wersching kick)
24 1978-12-17 @ DET L, 14-33 1 35 pass Jack Steptoe 35 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
25 1978-12-17 @ DET L, 14-33 4 11 rush Freddie Solomon 11 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ CLE W, 24-7 1 2 rush Greg Pruitt 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ CLE W, 24-7 2 33 rush Ozzie Newsome 33 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1978-09-03 @ CLE W, 24-7 4 69 pass Reggie Rucker 69 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1978-09-10 CHI W, 16-13 4 1 rush Roland Harper 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
5 1978-09-17 @ HOU W, 20-19 1 4 rush Earl Campbell 4 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1978-09-17 @ HOU W, 20-19 3 13 pass Ken Burrough 13 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
7 1978-09-24 @ NYG W, 27-10 1 29 pass Al Dixon 29 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
8 1978-09-24 @ NYG W, 27-10 1 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
9 1978-09-24 @ NYG W, 27-10 3 1 rush Willie Spencer 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
10 1978-10-01 CIN L, 12-28 3 9 pass Billy Brooks 9 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
11 1978-10-08 @ RAM W, 27-10 1 3 pass John Cappelletti 3 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
12 1978-10-08 @ RAM W, 27-10 2 11 pass Willie Miller 11 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
13 1978-10-08 @ RAM W, 27-10 3 10 rush Cullen Bryant 10 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
14 1978-10-15 NOR W, 14-7 1 2 rush Mike Strachan 2 yard rush (Tom Jurich kick)
15 1978-10-15 NOR W, 14-7 2 15 pass Ike Harris 15 yard pass from Archie Manning (Tom Jurich kick)
16 1978-10-22 ATL W, 20-17 1 2 blocked punt Rick Byas 2 yard blocked punt return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
17 1978-10-22 ATL W, 20-17 4 59 pass Billy Ryckman 59 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
18 1978-10-29 @ WAS W, 38-20 2 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
19 1978-10-29 @ WAS W, 38-20 2 50 pass Danny Buggs 50 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
20 1978-10-29 @ WAS W, 38-20 3 17 pass John McDaniel 17 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
21 1978-10-29 @ WAS W, 38-20 3 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
22 1978-10-29 @ WAS W, 38-20 4 5 rush Tony Green 5 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
23 1978-11-05 @ ATL W, 21-10 2 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
24 1978-11-05 @ ATL W, 21-10 3 37 pass Wallace Francis 37 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
25 1978-11-05 @ ATL W, 21-10 4 1 rush Bubba Bean 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
26 1978-11-12 STL W, 16-10 2 15 pass Al Chandler 15 yard pass from Jim Hart
27 1978-11-12 STL W, 16-10 3 5 pass Pat Tilley 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1978-11-19 RAM W, 31-28 1 5 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 5 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
29 1978-11-19 RAM W, 31-28 2 1 rush John Cappelletti 1 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
30 1978-11-19 RAM W, 31-28 3 47 pass Ron Jessie 47 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
31 1978-11-19 RAM W, 31-28 4 31 interception Bob Brudzinski 31 yard interception return (Frank Corral kick)
32 1978-11-27 PIT W, 24-7 2 22 pass Lynn Swann 22 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
33 1978-11-27 PIT W, 24-7 2 25 pass Lynn Swann 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
34 1978-11-27 PIT W, 24-7 4 11 pass John Stallworth 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
35 1978-12-03 @ NOR W, 24-13 2 6 rush Chuck Muncie 6 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
36 1978-12-03 @ NOR W, 24-13 2 58 pass Wes Chandler 58 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
37 1978-12-03 @ NOR W, 24-13 4 12 pass Wes Chandler 12 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
38 1978-12-17 @ DET W, 33-14 2 4 rush Dexter Bussey 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
39 1978-12-17 @ DET W, 33-14 2 1 rush Dexter Bussey 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
40 1978-12-17 @ DET W, 33-14 3 64 fumble Jimmy Allen 64 yard fumble return (Benny Ricardo kick)