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1979 San Francisco 49ers

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2-14-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.4, Offense: -1.3, Defense: -6.1, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 308 points (19.2/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 416 points (26.0/g), 27th.
 Differential of -108 points (-6.8/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 5.3-10.7.

Coach: Bill Walsh (2-14-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Studley

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: University of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
Head Coach/General Manager Bill Walsh
Offensive Scheme West Coast
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 308 5573 1099 5.1 39 18 16 336 361 602 3641 18 21 5.9 200 480 1932 17 4.0 120
Team Defense 416 5393 1014 5.3 34 19 30 326 262 441 3180 25 15 6.8 160 544 2213 24 4.1 136
Lg Rank Offense 16 6 15 16 4 1 3 15 10 14 26 20 11 13
Lg Rank Defense 27 20 21 7 23 9 24 26 24 25 18 15 25 17

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L 0-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 22 28 22 352 254 98 2 22 397 287 110 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 0-2 Dallas Cowboys 13 21 16 294 231 63 2 19 347 249 98 1
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 24 27 17 239 120 119 1 25 387 165 222 1
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 0-4 New Orleans Saints 21 30 17 341 263 78 4 28 512 338 174 2
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-5 @ San Diego Chargers 9 31 14 242 122 120 3 22 317 246 71 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 0-6 Seattle Seahawks 24 35 29 464 292 172 2 21 310 162 148
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 0-7 @ New York Giants 16 32 21 353 237 116 3 21 377 280 97 2
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 1-7 Atlanta Falcons 20 15 22 397 237 160 2 13 214 119 95 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 1-8 Chicago Bears 27 28 28 455 348 107 2 20 352 145 207 2
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-9 @ Oakland Raiders 10 23 19 363 207 156 6 19 309 175 134 5
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-10 @ New Orleans Saints 20 31 26 393 198 195 1 27 368 153 215 1
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 1-11 Denver Broncos 28 38 18 240 166 74 2 22 369 225 144 2
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L 1-12 Los Angeles Rams 20 26 22 374 238 136 3 18 322 198 124 3
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 1-13 @ St. Louis Cardinals 10 13 16 290 171 119 2 16 286 75 211 1
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 2-13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 7 21 327 214 113 1 13 263 211 52 6
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 2-14 @ Atlanta Falcons 21 31 28 449 343 106 3 20 263 152 111 2

Passing

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
17 Steve DeBerg 25 QB 16 15 2-13-0 347 578 60.0 3652 17 2.9 21 3.6 50 6.3 5.3 10.5 228.3 73.1 17 119 5.94 4.92 2.9 1 1
16 Joe Montana 23 qb 16 1 0-1-0 13 23 56.5 96 1 4.3 0 0.0 18 4.2 5.0 7.4 6.0 81.1 0 0 4.17 5.04 0.0
88 Freddie Solomon 26 PR/WR 15 11 1 1 100.0 12 0 0.0 0 0.0 12 12.0 12.0 12.0 0.8 116.7 0 0 12.00 12.00 0.0
Team Total 25.4 16 2-14-0 361 602 60.0 3760 18 3.0 21 3.5 50 6.2 5.3 10.4 235.0 73.5 17 119 5.88 4.94 2.7 1 1
Opp Total 16 262 441 59.4 3407 25 5.7 15 3.4 7.7 7.33 13.0 212.9 88.5 29 227 6.8 6.4 6.2

Rushing & Receiving

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
36 Paul Hofer 27 rb 15 7 123 615 7 47 5.0 41.0 8.2 58 662 11.4 2 44 3.9 44.1 1277 9 3
32 O.J. Simpson 32 RB 13 8 120 460 3 22 3.8 35.4 9.2 7 46 6.6 0 14 0.5 3.5 506 3 3
40 Wilbur Jackson 28 FB 16 14 114 375 2 16 3.3 23.4 7.1 53 422 8.0 0 34 3.3 26.4 797 2 6
35 Lenvil Elliott 28 16 0 33 135 3 12 4.1 8.4 2.1 23 197 8.6 0 30 1.4 12.3 332 3 2
48 Phil Francis 22 16 0 31 118 1 16 3.8 7.4 1.9 32 198 6.2 0 19 2.0 12.4 316 1 2
17 Steve DeBerg 25 QB 16 15 17 10 0 8 0.6 0.6 1.1 10 0 6
45 Mike Hogan 25 rb 2 2 9 31 0 6 3.4 15.5 4.5 9 65 7.2 0 27 4.5 32.5 96 0 0
38 Bob Ferrell 27 16 0 8 33 0 8 4.1 2.1 0.5 2 4 2.0 0 3 0.1 0.3 37 0 0
20 James Owens 24 KR 16 0 7 33 0 11 4.7 2.1 0.4 10 121 12.1 0 17 0.6 7.6 154 0 4
88 Freddie Solomon 26 PR/WR 15 11 6 85 1 56 14.2 5.7 0.4 57 807 14.2 7 44 3.8 53.8 892 8 3
82 Bob Bruer 26 te 16 4 5 -4 0 6 -0.8 -0.3 0.3 26 254 9.8 1 19 1.6 15.9 250 1 1
11 Dan Melville 23 P 16 0 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 1
16 Joe Montana 23 qb 16 1 3 22 0 13 7.3 1.4 0.2 22 0 1
84 Mike Shumann 24 WR 16 16 1 19 0 19 19.0 1.2 0.1 39 452 11.6 4 39 2.4 28.3 471 4 0
81 Ken MacAfee 23 TE 16 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 266 11.1 4 50 1.5 16.6 266 4 0
87 Dwight Clark 22 wr 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 232 12.9 0 30 1.1 14.5 232 0 0
85 Paul Seal 27 15 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 34 11.3 0 14 0.2 2.3 34 0 0
Team Total 25.4 16 480 1932 17 56 4.0 120.8 30.0 361 3760 10.4 18 50 22.6 235.0 5692 35 37
Opp Total 16 544 2213 24 4.1 138.3 34.0 262 3180 12.1 25 16.4 198.8 5393 49 33

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 James Owens 24 KR 16 0 41 1002 1 85 24.4 1156
88 Freddie Solomon 26 PR/WR 15 11 23 142 0 14 6.2 1034
22 Dwight Hicks 23 db 8 4 13 120 0 33 9.2 2 36 0 19 18.0 156
35 Lenvil Elliott 28 16 0 9 170 0 33 18.9 502
27 Tony Dungy 24 FS 15 7 8 52 0 11 6.5 52
36 Paul Hofer 27 rb 15 7 8 124 0 23 15.5 1401
48 Phil Francis 22 16 0 7 103 0 23 14.7 419
38 Bob Ferrell 27 16 0 6 78 0 18 13.0 115
77 Jean Barrett 28 13 1 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
82 Bob Bruer 26 te 16 4 1 20 0 20 20.0 270
Team Total 25.4 16 44 314 0 33 7.1 75 1538 1 85 20.5 7544
Opp Total 16 37 262 0 7.1 68 1367 0 20.1

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
11 Dan Melville 23 P 16 0 71 2626 53 1 37.0
14 Ray Wersching 29 K 16 0 2 2 7 6 8 7 7 5 24 20 83.3% 35 32 91.4%
Team Total 25.4 16 2 2 7 6 8 7 7 5 24 20 83.3% 35 32 91.4% 71 2626 53 1 37.0
Opp Total 16 17 14 82.4% 54 46 85.2% 74 2819 38.1

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
17 Steve DeBerg 25 QB 16 15 0 6 2 -17 0
40 Wilbur Jackson 28 FB 16 14 0 6 2 0 0
57 Dan Bunz 24 MLB 14 12 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 5 5 0
29 Gerard Williams 27 RCB 15 14 4 38 0 22 0 0 0 3 73 0
22 Dwight Hicks 23 db 8 4 5 57 0 29 0 0 0 1 2 0
28 Charles Cornelius 27 LCB 16 14 3 54 0 54 0 0 0 2 2 0
36 Paul Hofer 27 rb 15 7 0 3 2 0 0
88 Freddie Solomon 26 PR/WR 15 11 0 3 2 0 0
20 James Owens 24 KR 16 0 0 4 0 0 0
27 Tony Dungy 24 FS 15 7 0 1 2 0 0
30 Tim Gray 27 SS 16 15 1 20 0 20 0 0 1 1 4 0
11 Dan Melville 23 P 16 0 0 1 2 -2 0
50 Ron Shumon 24 8 3 0 0 3 5 0
32 O.J. Simpson 32 RB 13 8 0 3 0 0 0
51 Randy Cross 25 RG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
35 Lenvil Elliott 28 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
48 Phil Francis 22 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
16 Joe Montana 23 qb 16 1 0 1 1 0 0
56 Fred Quillan 23 C 16 16 0 2 0 -34 0
53 Tom Seabron 22 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Bob Bruer 26 te 16 4 0 1 0 0 0
87 Dwight Clark 22 wr 16 3 0 0 1 0 0
59 Willie Harper 29 RLB 16 16 0 0 1 16 0
81 Ken MacAfee 23 TE 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
54 Bob Martin 26 13 2 0 0 1 0 0
46 Melvin Morgan 26 fs 8 7 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 25.4 16 15 171 0 54 0 0 37 36 54 0
Opp Total 16 17 33 14 2

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
14 Ray Wersching 29 K 16 0 32 20 92
36 Paul Hofer 27 rb 15 7 7 2 9 54
88 Freddie Solomon 26 PR/WR 15 11 1 7 8 48
81 Ken MacAfee 23 TE 16 12 4 4 24
84 Mike Shumann 24 WR 16 16 4 4 24
35 Lenvil Elliott 28 16 0 3 3 18
32 O.J. Simpson 32 RB 13 8 3 3 18
40 Wilbur Jackson 28 FB 16 14 2 2 12
82 Bob Bruer 26 te 16 4 1 1 6
48 Phil Francis 22 16 0 1 1 6
20 James Owens 24 KR 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 16 17 18 1 36 32 20 308
Opp Total 16 24 25 1 2 46 14 2 416