1955 San Francisco 49ers season
OwnerTony Morabito
General managerLouis Spadia
Head coachRed Strader
Home fieldKezar Stadium
Results
Record4–8
Division place5th NFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1955 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 6th season in the National Football League and their 10th overall.

They were coming off a 7–4–1 record in 1954, finishing in 3rd place in the Western Conference.

San Francisco replaced head coach Buck Shaw, who had been the club's only head coach since its founding. The new coach was Red Strader, who had previously been the head coach of the New York Yanks from 1950 to 1951, where he had a record of 8–14–2 in his two seasons there.

The 49ers started the year with 2 losses at home but rebounded with 2 road victories and sat with a .500 record after 4 games. San Francisco split its next 2 games at home and had a 3–3 record. The team then fell into a slump and lost its next 5 games before winning its final game of the season, finishing with a 4–8 record, its worst season since the team's first season in the NFL in 1950, when it finished 3–9.

Offensively, Y. A. Tittle threw for 2185 yards, completing 51.2% of his passes, and had a league-high 17 touchdown passes. However, Tittle had 28 passes that were intercepted. Billy Wilson was Tittle's favorite target, as he had a team-high 53 receptions for 831 yards and 7 touchdowns. Joe Perry led the club by rushing for 701 yards, while Dickie Moegle rushed for a team-high 5 touchdowns.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 25 Los Angeles Rams L 14–23 0–1 Kezar Stadium 58,772 Recap
2 October 2 Cleveland Browns L 3–38 0–2 Kezar Stadium 43,595 Recap
3 October 9 at Chicago Bears W 20–19 1–2 Wrigley Field 41,651 Recap
4 October 16 at Detroit Lions W 27–24 2–2 Briggs Stadium 50,179 Recap
5 October 23 Chicago Bears L 23–34 2–3 Kezar Stadium 56,350 Recap
6 October 30 Detroit Lions W 38–21 3–3 Kezar Stadium 44,831 Recap
7 November 6 at Los Angeles Rams L 14–27 3–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 71,832 Recap
8 November 13 at Washington Redskins L 0–7 3–5 Griffith Stadium 25,112 Recap
9 November 20 at Green Bay Packers L 21–27 3–6 Milwaukee County Stadium 19,099 Recap
10 November 27 Baltimore Colts L 14–26 3–7 Memorial Stadium 33,485 Recap
11 December 4 Green Bay Packers L 7–28 3–8 Kezar Stadium 32,897 Recap
12 December 11 Baltimore Colts W 35–24 4–8 Kezar Stadium 33,471 Recap

Note: Intra-conference opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 .727 6–3–1 260 231 W3
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 7–3 294 251 W2
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 5–5 258 276 L1
Baltimore Colts 5 6 1 .455 5–4–1 214 239 L2
San Francisco 49ers 4 8 0 .333 4–6 216 298 W1
Detroit Lions 3 9 0 .250 2–8 230 275 L2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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