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1981 San Francisco 49ers

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13-3-0, NFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.2, Offense: 1.3, Defense: 4.9, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 357 points (22.3/g), 7th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 250 points (15.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 107 points (6.7/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.2-4.8.

Coach: Bill Walsh (13-3-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Studley

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: Sierra College (Rocklin, California)


Team Info

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

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 357 5484 1106 5.0 25 12 24 317 328 517 3543 20 13 6.5 183 560 1941 17 3.5 110
Team Defense 250 4763 1014 4.7 48 21 23 280 273 514 2845 16 27 5.2 144 464 1918 10 4.1 113
Lg Rank Offense 7 13 2 2 12 9 7 16 2 9 6 19 10 28
Lg Rank Defense 2 2 3 5 4 19 3 6 5 3 2 12 2 21

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore L 0-1 @ Detroit Lions 17 24 19 297 176 121 3 21 295 168 127 2
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-1 Chicago Bears 28 17 20 412 287 125 2 18 339 216 123 3
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 1-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 17 34 23 386 273 113 3 18 363 200 163
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 2-2 New Orleans Saints 21 14 15 314 168 146 2 18 413 250 163 4
5 Sun October 4 boxscore W 3-2 @ Washington Redskins 30 17 16 296 168 128 2 19 304 221 83 6
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 4-2 Dallas Cowboys 45 14 23 440 290 150 1 10 192 109 83 4
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 5-2 @ Green Bay Packers 13 3 21 337 211 126 1 13 241 163 78 1
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W 6-2 Los Angeles Rams 20 17 14 325 265 60 25 401 256 145 1
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 7-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 14 25 330 200 130 2 16 269 125 144 6
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W 8-2 Atlanta Falcons 17 14 17 287 205 82 1 19 292 216 76 3
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 8-3 Cleveland Browns 12 15 21 305 187 118 2 14 267 161 106 2
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 9-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 33 31 19 330 259 71 2 27 411 208 203 2
13 Sun November 29 boxscore W 10-3 New York Giants 17 10 19 337 214 123 12 223 143 80 5
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 11-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21 3 24 325 179 146 1 24 345 190 155 6
15 Sun December 13 boxscore W 12-3 Houston Oilers 28 6 22 414 266 148 11 186 130 56 2
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 13-3 @ New Orleans Saints 21 17 19 349 195 154 3 15 222 89 133 1
Playoffs
Division Sun January 3 boxscore W 14-3 New York Giants 38 24 24 423 288 135 1 13 346 281 65 4
ConfChamp Sun January 10 boxscore W 15-3 Dallas Cowboys 28 27 26 393 266 127 6 16 250 135 115 3
SuperBowl Sun January 24 boxscore W 16-3 N Cincinnati Bengals 26 21 20 275 148 127 1 24 356 284 72 4

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
16 Joe Montana* 25 QB 16 16 13-3-0 311 488 63.7 3565 19 3.9 12 2.5 78 7.3 7.0 11.5 222.8 88.4 26 193 6.56 6.25 5.1 3 3
7 Guy Benjamin 26 4 0 15 26 57.7 171 1 3.8 1 3.8 27 6.6 5.6 11.4 42.8 74.4 3 30 4.86 4.00 10.3 1 1
87 Dwight Clark* 24 WR 16 16 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
31 Walt Easley 24 rb 12 1 1 1 100.0 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 5 5.0 5.0 5.0 0.4 87.5 0 0 5.00 5.00 0.0
88 Freddie Solomon 28 PR/WR 15 15 1 1 100.0 25 0 0.0 0 0.0 25 25.0 25.0 25.0 1.7 118.7 0 0 25.00 25.00 0.0
Team Total 25.3 16 13-3-0 328 517 63.4 3766 20 3.9 13 2.5 78 7.3 6.9 11.5 235.4 87.7 29 223 6.49 6.15 5.3 4 4
Opp Total 16 273 514 53.1 3135 16 3.1 27 5.3 6.1 4.36 11.5 195.9 60.2 36 290 5.2 3.5 6.5

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
32 Ricky Patton 27 RB 16 15 152 543 4 28 3.6 33.9 9.5 27 195 7.2 1 31 1.7 12.2 738 5 3
49 Earl Cooper 24 FB 16 11 98 330 1 23 3.4 20.6 6.1 51 477 9.4 0 50 3.2 29.8 807 1 3
38 Johnny Davis 25 rb 16 5 94 297 7 14 3.2 18.6 5.9 3 -1 -0.3 0 3 0.2 -0.1 296 7 1
31 Walt Easley 24 rb 12 1 76 224 1 9 2.9 18.7 6.3 9 62 6.9 0 21 0.8 5.2 286 1 2
36 Paul Hofer 29 12 0 60 193 1 12 3.2 16.1 5.0 27 244 9.0 0 22 2.3 20.3 437 1 1
16 Joe Montana* 25 QB 16 16 25 95 2 20 3.8 5.9 1.6 95 2 2
30 Bill Ring 25 12 0 22 106 0 16 4.8 8.8 1.8 3 28 9.3 1 21 0.3 2.3 134 1 1
20 Amos Lawrence 23 KR 13 0 13 48 1 14 3.7 3.7 1.0 3 10 3.3 0 5 0.2 0.8 58 1 3
88 Freddie Solomon 28 PR/WR 15 15 9 43 0 16 4.8 2.9 0.6 59 969 16.4 8 60 3.9 64.6 1012 8 3
35 Lenvil Elliott 30 4 0 7 29 0 9 4.1 7.3 1.8 7 81 11.6 0 19 1.8 20.3 110 0 2
87 Dwight Clark* 24 WR 16 16 3 32 0 18 10.7 2.0 0.2 85 1105 13.0 4 78 5.3 69.1 1137 4 0
7 Guy Benjamin 26 4 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.3 0.3 1 0 0
86 Charle Young 30 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 400 10.8 5 29 2.3 25.0 400 5 0
85 Mike Wilson 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 125 13.9 1 27 0.6 7.8 125 1 0
80 Eason Ramson 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 45 11.3 0 16 0.4 4.1 45 0 0
84 Mike Shumann 26 wr 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 21 7.0 0 8 0.2 1.6 21 0 1
82 Brian Peets 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.2 1.0 5 0 0
Team Total 25.3 16 560 1941 17 28 3.5 121.3 35.0 328 3766 11.5 20 78 20.5 235.4 5707 37 26
Opp Total 16 464 1918 10 4.1 119.9 29.0 273 2845 10.4 16 17.1 177.8 4763 26 36

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
88 Freddie Solomon 28 PR/WR 15 15 29 173 0 19 6.0 1185
22 Dwight Hicks* 25 FS 16 16 19 171 0 39 9.0 1 22 0 22 22.0 193
20 Amos Lawrence 23 KR 13 0 17 437 1 92 25.7 495
30 Bill Ring 25 12 0 10 217 0 29 21.7 351
42 Ronnie Lott*+ 22 LCB 16 16 7 111 0 20 15.9 111
85 Mike Wilson 23 16 0 4 67 0 22 16.8 192
40 Arrington Jones 22 1 0 3 43 0 22 14.3 43
38 Johnny Davis 25 rb 16 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 296
32 Ricky Patton 27 RB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 738
80 Eason Ramson 25 11 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 57
Team Total 25.3 16 48 344 0 39 7.2 45 909 1 92 20.2 6960
Opp Total 16 57 664 1 11.6 67 1389 0 20.7

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
3 Jim Miller 24 P 16 0 93 3858 65 0 41.5
14 Ray Wersching 31 K 12 0 2 2 7 7 7 4 7 4 23 17 73.9% 30 30 100.0%
10 Matt Bahr 25 k 4 0 2 1 3 2 6 2 33.3% 12 12 100.0%
Team Total 25.3 16 2 2 9 7 8 4 10 6 29 19 65.5% 42 42 100.0% 93 3858 65 0 41.5
Opp Total 16 23 13 56.5% 30 29 96.7% 83 3436 41.4

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
42 Ronnie Lott*+ 22 LCB 16 16 7 117 3 41 0 0 1 2 0 0 89 0
22 Dwight Hicks* 25 FS 16 16 9 239 1 72 0 0 1 4 80 1
27 Carlton Williamson 23 SS 16 16 4 44 0 28 0 0 0 2 3 0
88 Freddie Solomon 28 PR/WR 15 15 0 3 2 0 0
21 Eric Wright 22 RCB 16 16 3 26 0 26 0 0 0 2 0 0
49 Earl Cooper 24 FB 16 11 0 3 1 0 0
31 Walt Easley 24 rb 12 1 0 2 2 0 0
58 Keena Turner 23 ROLB 16 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
20 Amos Lawrence 23 KR 13 0 0 3 0 0 0
32 Ricky Patton 27 RB 16 15 0 3 0 0 0
61 Dan Audick 27 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
57 Dan Bunz 26 LILB 14 8 0 0 2 0 0
35 Lenvil Elliott 30 4 0 0 2 0 0 0
71 Keith Fahnhorst 29 RT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
52 Bobby Leopold 24 lb 16 2 0 0 2 0 0
16 Joe Montana* 25 QB 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
54 Craig Puki 24 rilb 16 6 0 0 2 0 0
30 Bill Ring 25 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
38 Johnny Davis 25 rb 16 5 0 1 0 0 0
59 Willie Harper 31 LOLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
36 Paul Hofer 29 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
40 Arrington Jones 22 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 Saladin Martin 25 15 0 1 0 0 0 0
53 Milt McColl 22 16 0 1 22 0 22 0
56 Fred Quillan 25 C 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
64 Jack Reynolds 34 RILB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0
84 Mike Shumann 26 wr 13 1 0 1 0 0 0
79 Jim Stuckey 23 LDE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
85 Mike Wilson 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.3 16 27 448 4 72 0 0 26 32 83 1 89 0
Opp Total 16 29 36 15 1

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 31 K 12 0 30 17 81
88 Freddie Solomon 28 PR/WR 15 15 8 8 48
38 Johnny Davis 25 rb 16 5 7 7 42
32 Ricky Patton 27 RB 16 15 4 1 5 30
86 Charle Young 30 TE 16 16 5 5 30
87 Dwight Clark* 24 WR 16 16 4 4 24
10 Matt Bahr 25 k 4 0 12 2 18
42 Ronnie Lott*+ 22 LCB 16 16 3 3 18
22 Dwight Hicks* 25 FS 16 16 1 1 2 12
20 Amos Lawrence 23 KR 13 0 1 1 2 12
16 Joe Montana* 25 QB 16 16 2 2 12
49 Earl Cooper 24 FB 16 11 1 1 6
31 Walt Easley 24 rb 12 1 1 1 6
36 Paul Hofer 29 12 0 1 1 6
30 Bill Ring 25 12 0 1 1 6
85 Mike Wilson 23 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.3 16 17 20 1 1 4 43 42 19 357
Opp Total 16 10 16 1 1 2 29 13 1 250