1984 San Francisco 49ers season
OwnerEddie DeBartolo, Jr.
General managerJohn McVay and Carmen Policy
Head coachBill Walsh
Home fieldCandlestick Park
Results
Record15–1
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Giants) 21–10
Won NFC Championship (vs. Bears) 23–0
Won Super Bowl XIX (vs. Dolphins) 38–16
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.

The 1984 San Francisco 49ers season was their 39th season in the National Football League. The season was highlighted by their second Super Bowl victory. The franchise had their best season ever with a record of 15 wins and only 1 loss. Quarterback Joe Montana would be awarded the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in his career, joining Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw as the only two-time Super Bowl MVPs.

The 1984 49ers became the first team to win fifteen games in the NFL's regular season since the league went to a sixteen-game schedule in 1978. The 49ers, if not for their loss to the Steelers, would have become the 2nd team after the 1972 Miami Dolphins to complete a perfect season, and the Niners would have been the first to do so since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule. The 1985 Chicago Bears, the 1998 Minnesota Vikings, the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 2011 Green Bay Packers, and the 2015 Carolina Panthers would later join the 1984 49ers to finish 15–1, although the 2007 New England Patriots would exceed this feat by finishing the regular season at an unbeaten 16–0. However, the only other one of these teams that won the Super Bowl was the 1985 Bears.

In the playoffs, the 49ers were the #1 seed. They defeated the Giants 21–10 in the divisional round, then they shut out the Chicago Bears 23–0 in the NFC Championship, and finally defeated the Miami Dolphins 38–16 in Super Bowl XIX. This 49ers team has gone down as the best in franchise history and many call this season the best in Joe Montana's career.

NFL Films produced a documentary about the team's season entitled A Team Above All; it was narrated by Brad Crandall. On January 29, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, in which they ranked the 1984 49ers at #8; the film was narrated by Gene Hackman and featured commentary from players Russ Francis, Keena Turner and Dwight Hicks.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1984 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position College
1 24 Todd Shell LB Brigham Young
2 Choice to L.A. Raiders
2 56(Choice from L.A. Raiders) John Frank TE Ohio State
3 73(Choice from St. Louis) Guy McIntyre G Georgia
3 Choice to St. Louis
4 Choice from Tampa Bay to Seattle
4 Choice to San Diego
5 121(Choice from Atlanta) Michael Carter NT Southern Methodist
5 Choice from Denver to Atlanta
5 Choice to St. Louis
5 139(Choice from Washington through L.A. Raiders) Jeff Fuller DB Texas A&M
6 Choice to Atlanta
7 Choice to New England
8 Choice to San Diego
9 239(Choice from Chicago) Lee Miller DB Cal State Fullerton
9 248 Derrick Harmon RB Cornell
10 275 Dave Moritz WR Iowa
11 304 Kirk Pendleton WR Brigham Young
12 Choice from Chicago to Miami
12 Choice to San Diego

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NFL Supplemental Draft

Main article: 1984 NFL supplemental draft of USFL and CFL players

Round Pick Player Position Pro Team College
1 24 Derrick Crawford WR Memphis Showboats (USFL) Memphis State
2 51 Joe Conwell OT Philadelphia Stars (USFL) North Carolina
3 80 Mark Schellen RB New Orleans Breakers (USFL) Nebraska

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Training Camp

The 1984 San Francisco 49ers held training camp at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

Personnel

Staff

1984 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head coach – Bill Walsh

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Fred von Appen

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical development coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster

1984 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

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Pre season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 August 4 Los Angeles Raiders W 13–10 1–0 Candlestick Park 54,990 Recap
2 August 11 at Denver Broncos L 13–20 1–1 Mile High Stadium 70,211 Recap
3 August 18 at San Diego Chargers L 15–35 1–2 Jack Murphy Stadium 58,356 Recap
4 August 24 Seattle Seahawks W 23–21 2–2 Candlestick Park 49,219 Recap

Regular season

The 49ers advanced to their second Super Bowl in team history after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Much of the hype surrounding the team was their offense, which boasted 5 Pro Bowlers. Quarterback Joe Montana recorded 279 out of 432 completions for 3,630 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Running back Roger Craig was one of the 49ers' major weapons, both rushing and receiving. Craig was the team's second leading rusher with 649 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, and also caught 71 passes for 675 yards. Pro Bowl running back Wendell Tyler, who had rushed for a team record 1,262 yards during the regular season, recorded 7 rushing touchdowns, and also caught 28 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. Wide receivers Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark also were deep threats, gaining a combined total of 1,617 yards and 16 touchdowns. Up front, 3 of the 49ers' 5 starting offensive linemen, Randy Cross, Fred Quillan, and Keith Fahnhorst, had been selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Overall, San Francisco's offense finished the season ranked second in the NFL in scoring (475 points) and fourth in total yards (6,544).

Although they did not get as much media attention as the offense, the 49ers defense led the league in fewest points allowed during the regular season (227). All 4 of the 49ers' starting defensive backs, Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, and Dwight Hicks, were selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Pro Bowl linebacker Keena Turner was also a major defensive weapon, recording 2 sacks and 4 interceptions for 51 yards. Defensive end Dwaine Board anchored the line, recording 10 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 2 at Detroit Lions W 30–27 1–0 Pontiac Silverdome 56,782 Recap
2 September 10 Washington Redskins W 37–31 2–0 Candlestick Park 59,707 Recap
3 September 16 New Orleans Saints W 30–20 3–0 Candlestick Park 57,611 Recap
4 September 23 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–9 4–0 Veterans Stadium 62,771 Recap
5 September 30 Atlanta Falcons W 14–5 5–0 Candlestick Park 57,990 Recap
6 October 8 at New York Giants W 31–10 6–0 Giants Stadium 76,112 Recap
7 October 14 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–20 6–1 Candlestick Park 59,110 Recap
8 October 21 at Houston Oilers W 34–21 7–1 Astrodome 39,900 Recap
9 October 28 at Los Angeles Rams W 33–0 8–1 Anaheim Stadium 65,481 Recap
10 November 4 Cincinnati Bengals W 23–17 9–1 Candlestick Park 58,324 Recap
11 November 11 at Cleveland Browns W 41–7 10–1 Cleveland Stadium 60,092 Recap
12 November 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–17 11–1 Candlestick Park 57,704 Recap
13 November 25 at New Orleans Saints W 35–3 12–1 Louisiana Superdome 65,177 Recap
14 December 2 at Atlanta Falcons W 35–17 13–1 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 29,644 Recap
15 December 8 Minnesota Vikings W 51–7 14–1 Candlestick Park 56,670 Recap
16 December 14 Los Angeles Rams W 19–16 15–1 Candlestick Park 59,743 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday, September 2, 1984): at Detroit Lions

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Week 1: San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
49ers (1–0) 7 7 31330
Lions (0–1) 7 6 7727

at Pontiac SilverdomePontiac, Michigan

  • Date: September 2, 1984
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 56,782
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
  • [7][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 16/25, 188 YDS, 1 TD
Rushing Wendell Tyler 16 CAR, 87 YDS, 2 TDs
Receiving Freddie Solomon 4 REC, 61 YDS
DET Passing Gary Danielson 17/24, 177 YDS, 2 TDs
Rushing Billy Sims 17 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Leonard Thompson 3 REC, 58 YDS, 1 TD
49ers Game Statistics Lions
24 First downs 19
32–124 Rushes–yards 28–132
188 Passing yards 177
16–25–0 Passes 17–24–0
2–14 Sacked–yards 2–11
174 Net passing yards 166
298 Total yards 298
198 Return yards 98
2–45.5 Punts 4–44.0
2–1 Fumbles–lost 0–0
2–32 Penalties–yards 6–45
30:44 Time of Possession 29:16

Week 2 (Monday, September 10, 1984): vs. Washington Redskins

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Week 2: Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Redskins (0–2) 0 3 141431
49ers (2–0) 14 13 01037

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

Team Category Player Statistics
WSH Passing Joe Theismann 24/43, 331 YDS, 2 TDs
Rushing Joe Theismann 7 CAR, 35 YDS
Receiving Art Monk 10 REC, 200 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 24/40, 381 YDS, 2 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 20 CAR, 96 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Dwight Clark 5 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD
Redskins Game Statistics 49ers
20 First downs 30
21–62 Rushes–yards 40–167
331 Passing yards 381
24–43–0 Passes 24–40–0
4–22 Sacked–yards 2–14
309 Net passing yards 367
371 Total yards 534
132 Return yards 74
7–36.6 Punts 3–34.7
3–0 Fumbles–lost 3–2
6–60 Penalties–yards 6–50
25:15 Time of Possession 34:45

Week 3 (Sunday, September 16, 1984): vs. New Orleans Saints

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Week 3: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Saints (1–2) 0 10 10020
49ers (3–0) 7 10 01330

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: September 16, 1984
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C); wind 16 miles per hour (26 km/h; 14 kn)
  • Game attendance: 57,611
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
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Team Category Player Statistics
NO Passing Ken Stabler 14/27, 157 YDS, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing George Rogers 23 CAR, 88 YDS
Receiving Eugene Goodlow 6 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD
SF Passing Joe Montana 10/17, 128 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Wendell Tyler 10 CAR, 82 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Freddie Solomon 3 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD
Saints Game Statistics 49ers
20 First downs 19
31–119 Rushes–yards 32–148
162 Passing yards 179
16–34–5 Passes 13–26–1
2–13 Sacked–yards 3–20
149 Net passing yards 159
268 Total yards 307
166 Return yards 160
3–46.0 Punts 5–40.8
0–0 Fumbles–lost 0–0
4–47 Penalties–yards 6–54
31:38 Time of Possession 28:22

Week 4 (Sunday, September 23, 1984): at Philadelphia Eagles

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Week 4: San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 34Total
49ers (4–0) 7 7 0721
Eagles (1–3) 0 6 309

at Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: September 23, 1984
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C); wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)
  • Game attendance: 62,771
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
  • [14][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Matt Cavanaugh 17/34, 252 YDS, 3 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 21 CAR, 113 YDS
Receiving Dwight Clark 3 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD
PHI Passing Ron Jaworski 16/40, 187 YDS, 1 INT
Rushing Wilbert Montgomery 12 CAR, 51 YDS
Receiving Wilbert Montgomery 7 REC, 46 YDS
49ers Game Statistics Eagles
23 First downs 15
37–177 Rushes–yards 20–72
252 Passing yards 187
17–34–0 Passes 16–41–1
4–31 Sacked–yards 2–18
221 Net passing yards 169
398 Total yards 241
173 Return yards 51
7–39.1 Punts 7–40.0
2–0 Fumbles–lost 0–0
12–141 Penalties–yards 4–30
34:31 Time of Possession 25:29

Week 5 (Sunday, September 30, 1984): vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Week 5: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Falcons (2–3) 3 0 025
49ers (5–0) 0 14 0014

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: September 30, 1984
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C); wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)
  • Game attendance: 57,990
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
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Team Category Player Statistics
ATL Passing Steve Bartkowski 22/41, 267 YDS, 2 INTs
Rushing Gerald Riggs 28 CAR, 136 YDS
Receiving Stacey Bailey 4 REC, 97 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 13/25, 149 YDS, 2 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 12 CAR, 99 YDS
Receiving Mike Wilson 3 REC, 47 YDS, 1 TD
Falcons Game Statistics 49ers
22 First downs 17
35–161 Rushes–yards 32–161
267 Passing yards 149
22–41–2 Passes 13–25–0
2–10 Sacked–yards 0–0
257 Net passing yards 149
418 Total yards 310
48 Return yards 62
4–38.8 Punts 5–43.8
3–1 Fumbles–lost 3–2
5–45 Penalties–yards 5–56
34:57 Time of Possession 25:03

Week 6 (Monday, October 8, 1984): at New York Giants

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Week 6: San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
1 2 34Total
49ers (6–0) 21 7 3031
Giants (3–3) 3 0 0710

at Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, New Jersey

Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 15/24, 207 Yds, 3 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 14 CAR, 101 YDS
Receiving Roger Craig 7 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD
NYG Passing Phil Simms 24/43, 290 Yds, 2 INTs
Rushing Rob Carpenter 11 CAR, 45 YDS
Receiving Lionel Manuel 5 REC, 78 YDS
49ers Game Statistics Giants
18 First downs 23
32–167 Rushes–yards 23–113
218 Passing yards 303
16–27–0 Passes 25–44–2
1–1 Sacked–yards 4–27
217 Net passing yards 276
384 Total yards 389
123 Return yards 142
5–39.0 Punts 5–42.4
1–0 Fumbles–lost 0–0
7–40 Penalties–yards 3–20
28:08 Time of Possession 31:52

Week 7 (Sunday, October 14, 1984): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Steelers (4–3) 7 3 01020
49ers (6–1) 0 7 01017

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: October 14, 1984
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C); wind 15 miles per hour (24 km/h; 13 kn)
  • Game attendance: 59,110
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC Game only aired in the San Francisco markets due to NBC airing Game 5 of the World Series): Jay Randolph (play-by-play) and Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
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Team Category Player Statistics
PIT Passing Mark Malone 11/18, 156 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Rich Erenberg 11 CAR, 44 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving John Stallworth 6 REC, 78 YDS, 1 TD
SF Passing Joe Montana 24/34, 241 YDS, 1 INT
Rushing Wendell Tyler 11 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Roger Craig 7 REC, 43 YDS
Steelers Game Statistics 49ers
23 First downs 22
47–175 Rushes–yards 20–117
156 Passing yards 241
11–18–1 Passes 24–35–1
1–7 Sacked–yards 0–0
149 Net passing yards 241
324 Total yards 358
106 Return yards 131
2–41.0 Punts 3–30.7
1–0 Fumbles–lost 1–0
11–68 Penalties–yards 8–57
34:45 Time of Possession 25:15

The 49ers' hope for a perfect season was foiled by the Steelers when Gary Anderson kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter that would ultimately prevent the 49ers from going undefeated.[21][22]

Week 8 (Sunday, October 21, 1984): at Houston Oilers

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Week 8: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Oilers
1 2 34Total
49ers (7–1) 10 7 31434
Oilers (0–8) 0 7 7721

at Houston AstrodomeHouston, Texas

Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 25/35, 353 YDS, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Wendell Tyler 23 CAR, 108 YDS
Receiving Dwight Clark 5 REC, 127 YDS, 1 TD
HOU Passing Warren Moon 25/33, 356 YDS, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing Larry Moriarty 9 CAR, 36 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Tim Smith 6 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD
49ers Game Statistics Oilers
25 First downs 22
38–164 Rushes–yards 18–82
353 Passing yards 356
25–35–1 Passes 25–33–2
1–0 Sacked–yards 2–6
353 Net passing yards 350
517 Total yards 432
85 Return yards 105
3–49.3 Punts 3–46.3
2–0 Fumbles–lost 3–1
8–70 Penalties–yards 7–75
34:13 Time of Possession 25:47

Week 9 (Sunday, October 28, 1984): at Los Angeles Rams

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Week 9: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
1 2 34Total
49ers (8–1) 3 16 7733
Rams (5–4) 0 0 000

at Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, California

  • Date: October 28, 1984
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C); wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)
  • Game attendance: 65,481
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
  • [26][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 21/31, 365 YDS, 3 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 13 CAR, 27 YDS
Receiving Freddie Solomon 6 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD
LARams Passing Jeff Kemp 14/30, 180 YDS, 2 INTs
Rushing Eric Dickerson 13 CAR, 38 YDS
Receiving Henry Ellard 4 REC, 91 YDS
49ers Game Statistics Rams
23 First downs 12
39–111 Rushes–yards 19–72
376 Passing yards 180
22–32–0 Passes 14–30–2
2–15 Sacked–yards 5–46
361 Net passing yards 134
472 Total yards 206
35 Return yards 123
3–38.0 Punts 6–39.8
2–2 Fumbles–lost 5–3
6–41 Penalties–yards 3–25
35:26 Time of Possession 24:34

Week 10 (Sunday, November 4, 1984): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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Week 10: Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Bengals (3–7) 3 14 0017
49ers (9–1) 0 7 31323

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: November 4, 1984
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C); wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)
  • Game attendance: 58,234
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV announcers (NBC): Len Berman (play-by-play) and Gene Washington (color commentator)
  • [28][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
CIN Passing Ken Anderson 21/34, 269 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing Charles Alexander 8 CAR, 48 YDS
Receiving Cris Collinsworth 4 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD
SF Passing Joe Montana 27/42, 301 YDS, 2 TDs, 4 INTs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 14 CAR, 52 YDS
Receiving Dwight Clark 7 REC, 124 YDS
Bengals Game Statistics 49ers
21 First downs 26
25–116 Rushes–yards 31–91
269 Passing yards 301
21–34–2 Passes 27–42–4
6–39 Sacked–yards 1–7
230 Net passing yards 294
346 Total yards 385
144 Return yards 190
6–38.2 Punts 2–47.0
0–0 Fumbles–lost 0–0
6–46 Penalties–yards 5–30
29:24 Time of Possession 30:36

Week 11 (Sunday, November 11, 1984): at Cleveland Browns

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Week 11: San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns
1 2 34Total
49ers (10–1) 6 7 141441
Browns (2–9) 0 0 077

at Cleveland Municipal StadiumCleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 11, 1984
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C); wind 15 miles per hour (24 km/h; 13 kn)
  • Game attendance: 60,092
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
  • [30][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 24/30, 263 YDS, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Wendell Tyler 17 CAR, 87 YDS
Receiving Freddie Solomon 5 REC, 105 YDS, 2 TDs
CLE Passing Paul McDonald 13/33, 220 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Boyce Green 13 CAR, 38 YDS
Receiving Bruce Davis 4 REC, 64 YDS, 1 TD
49ers Game Statistics Browns
23 First downs 10
39–213 Rushes–yards 20–43
263 Passing yards 220
24–30–1 Passes 13–33–1
1–8 Sacked–yards 2–12
255 Net passing yards 208
468 Total yards 251
90 Return yards 125
2–38.5 Punts 6–37.0
1–1 Fumbles–lost 5–3
7–45 Penalties–yards 5–32
35:27 Time of Possession 24:33

Week 12 (Sunday, November 18, 1984): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Week 12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers (4–8) 0 10 0717
49ers (11–1) 0 14 7324

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: November 18, 1984
  • Game time: 1:01 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C); wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)
  • Game attendance: 57,704
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
  • [32][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
TB Passing Steve DeBerg 26/41, 316 YDS, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing James Wilder Sr. 18 CAR, 89 YDS
Receiving Gerald Carter 9 REC, 166 YDS, 1 TD
SF Passing Joe Montana 19/23, 247 YDS
Rushing Wendell Tyler 16 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Dwight Clark 5 REC, 56 YDS
Buccaneers Game Statistics 49ers
23 First downs 25
20–89 Rushes–yards 39–190
316 Passing yards 247
26–41–0 Passes 19–23–0
1–8 Sacked–yards 2–9
308 Net passing yards 238
397 Total yards 428
61 Return yards 99
3–41.0 Punts 2–48.0
2–1 Fumbles–lost 3–3
7–38 Penalties–yards 3–35
28:17 Time of Possession 31:43

Week 13 (Sunday, November 25, 1984): at New Orleans Saints

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Week 13: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
1 2 34Total
49ers (12–1) 0 7 141435
Saints (6–7) 0 3 003

at Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana

Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 14/30, 177 YDS, 2 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 15 CAR, 117 YDS
Receiving Freddie Solomon 3 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD
NO Passing Richard Todd 9/18, 72 YDS, 1 INT
Rushing George Rogers 21 CAR, 88 YDS
Receiving Tyrone Anthony 4 REC, 31 YDS
49ers Game Statistics Saints
22 First downs 12
33–219 Rushes–yards 28–131
201 Passing yards 118
15–32–0 Passes 14–26–1
1–13 Sacked–yards 8–48
188 Net passing yards 70
407 Total yards 201
107 Return yards 113
6–44.3 Punts 8–45.5
1–0 Fumbles–lost 1–0
4–60 Penalties–yards 3–20
27:48 Time of Possession 32:12

Week 14 (Sunday, December 2, 1984): at Atlanta Falcons

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Week 14: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
1 2 34Total
49ers (13–1) 7 14 7735
Falcons (3–11) 3 7 7017

at Atlanta–Fulton County StadiumAtlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 2, 1984
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C); wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)
  • Game attendance: 29,644
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom Brookshier (play-by-play) and Wayne Walker (color commentator)
  • [36][8]
Team Category Player Statistics
SF Passing Joe Montana 12/24, 165 YDS, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 15 CAR, 69 YDS
Receiving Earl Cooper 4 REC, 51 YDS
ATL Passing Mike Moroski 22/43, 289 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Rushing Gerald Riggs 30 CAR, 133 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Alfred Jackson 11 REC, 193 YDS, 1 TD
49ers Game Statistics Falcons
15 First downs 23
31–143 Rushes–yards 36–153
165 Passing yards 289
12–24–2 Passes 22–43–3
2–18 Sacked–yards 3–28
147 Net passing yards 261
290 Total yards 414
224 Return yards 112
5–39.6 Punts 4–40.8
1–1 Fumbles–lost 3–3
9–73 Penalties–yards 8–50
24:33 Time of Possession 35:27

Week 15 (Saturday, December 8, 1984): vs. Minnesota Vikings

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Week 15: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Vikings (3–12) 0 7 007
49ers (14–1) 14 17 61451

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

Team Category Player Statistics
MIN Passing Wade Wilson 18/32, 212 YDS, 1 INTs
Rushing Darrin Nelson 7 CAR, 38 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Joe Senser 6 REC, 36 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 15/21, 246 YDS, 3 TDs
Rushing Derrick Harmon 11 CAR, 56 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Renaldo Nehemiah 6 REC, 125 YDS, 1 TD
Vikings Game Statistics 49ers
18 First downs 29
24–90 Rushes–yards 40–184
233 Passing yards 346
21–39–1 Passes 25–35–0
6–58 Sacked–yards 1–9
175 Net passing yards 337
265 Total yards 521
203 Return yards 102
7–44.3 Punts 2–48.5
0–0 Fumbles–lost 1–0
7–65 Penalties–yards 4–25
26:41 Time of Possession 33:19

Week 16 (Friday, December 14, 1984): vs. Los Angeles Rams

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Week 16: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Rams (10–6) 3 10 0316
49ers (15–1) 14 3 0219

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

Team Category Player Statistics
LARams Passing Jeff Kemp 11/22, 180 YDS
Rushing Eric Dickerson 26 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Ron Brown 3 REC, 55 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 20/31, 219 YDS, 2 TDs
Rushing Roger Craig 8 CAR, 59 YDS
Receiving Earl Cooper 5 REC, 40 YDS, 1 TD
Rams Game Statistics 49ers
19 First downs 15
37–185 Rushes–yards 20–89
180 Passing yards 219
11–22–0 Passes 20–31–0
1–10 Sacked–yards 4–19
170 Net passing yards 200
355 Total yards 289
95 Return yards 88
4–37.8 Punts 6–44.5
2–1 Fumbles–lost 2–0
6–57 Penalties–yards 8–75
32:52 Time of Possession 27:08

Game officials

Preseason

Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge
1 Los Angeles Raiders
2 at Denver Broncos (71) (42) (8) (56) (21) (16) (91)
3 at San Diego Chargers
4 Seattle Seahawks (70) (103) (35) (15) (22) (62) (93)

Regular season

Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge
1 at Detroit Lions (71) Bob Frederic (67) John Keck (63) Ligouri Hagerty (30) Dan Wilford (38) Bill Swanson (120) Gary Lane (96) Don Hakes
2 Washington Redskins (60) Dick Jorgensen (50) Neil Gereb (108) Bob McLaughlin (41) Dick McKenzie (24) Roy Clymer (66) Dave Hawk (31) Dick Dolack
3 New Orleans Saints (6) Tom Dooley (42) Dave Hamilton (26) Ed Marion (94) Vern Marshall (36) Bob Moore (87) Dick Ferguson (18) Bob Lewis
4 at Philadelphia Eagles (12) Ben Dreith (57) Ed Fiffick (8) Dale Williams (53) Bill Reynolds (28) Don Wedge (47) Tom Fincken (119) Ron Spitler
5 Atlanta Falcons (95) Bob McElwee (27) Al Conway (111) Earnie Frantz (56) Carver Shannon (99) Banks Williams (80) Bob Rice (76) Ed Merrifield
6 at New York Giants (43) Red Cashion (78) Art Demmas (81) Dave Anderson (45) Ron DeSouza (52) Ben Tompkins (97) Nate Jones (84) Bob Wortman
7 Pittsburgh Steelers (40) Pat Haggerty (115) Hendi Ancich (85) Frank Glover (44) Walt Peters (92) Jim Poole (61) Dick Creed (75) Don Habel
8 at Houston Oilers (14) Gene Barth (101) Bob Boylston (37) Burl Toler (54) Jack Johnson (98) Jimmy Vosser (34) Gerald Austin (86) Bernie Kukar
9 at Los Angeles Rams (71) Bob Frederic (67) John Keck (63) Ligouri Hagerty (30) Dan Wilford (38) Bill Swanson (120) Gary Lane (96) Don Hakes
10 Cincinnati Bengals (60) Dick Jorgensen (50) Neil Gereb (108) Bob McLaughlin (41) Dick McKenzie (24) Roy Clymer (66) Dave Hawk (31) Dick Dolack
11 at Cleveland Browns (7) Fred Silva (19) Tom Hensley (65) Norm Kragseth (59) Bob Beeks (21) Pete Liske (64) Dave Parry (77) Don Orr
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6) Tom Dooley (42) Dave Hamilton (26) Ed Marion (94) Vern Marshall (36) Bob Moore (87) Dick Ferguson (18) Bob Lewis
13 at New Orleans Saints (9) Jerry Markbreit (117) Ben Montgomery (104) Dale Hamer (33) Howard Roe (25) Tom Kelleher (102) Merrill Douglas (91) Bill Stanley
14 at Atlanta Falcons (32) Jim Tunney (68) John Leimbach (109) Sid Semon (3) Boyce Smith (107) Jim Kearney (90) Gil Mace (23) Johnny Grier
15 Minnesota Vikings (48) Gordon McCarter (110) Ron Botchan (72) Terry Gierke (39) Jack Fette (29) J.W. Sanders (49) Dean Look (82) Pat Mallette
16 Los Angeles Rams (70) Jerry Seeman (103) Rex Stuart (35) Leo Miles (15) Bama Glass (22) Paul Baetz (62) Duwayne Gandy (93) Jack Vaughn

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 475 227 W9
Los Angeles Rams(4) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 346 316 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 298 361 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 281 382 W1

Final statistics

Statistical comparison

San Francisco 49ers Opponents
First downs 356 302
First downs rushing 138 101
First downs passing 204 173
First downs penalty 14 28
Third down efficiency 96/207 75/213
Fourth down efficiency 5/7 6/21
Net yards rushing 2465 1795
Rushing attempts 534 432
Yards per rush 4.6 4.2
Passing – Completions/attempts 312/496 298/546
Times sacked–total yards 27–178 51–363
Interceptions thrown 10 25
Net yards passing 3901 3381
Total net yards 6366 5176
Punt returns–total yards 45–521 30–190
Kickoff returns–total yards 47–1039 78–1499
Interceptions–total return yards 25–345 10–155
Punts–average yardage 62–40.9 80–40.5
Fumbles–lost 26–12 36–13
Penalties–total yards 100–994 91–723
Time of possession 30:26 29:34
Turnovers 22 38

Quarter-by-quarter

49ers Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 T
49ers 110 157 67 141 475
Opponents 29 86 48 64 227

Individual leaders

49ers Passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT Rating
49ers Rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3 Yds/Car
49ers Receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3 Yds/Rec
49ers Interception
Int5 Yds TD LG3 Y/Int
49ers Sacks
Sk6
49ers Punts
Pnt7 Yds LG3 Blck Y/P
49ers Kickoff Returns
Rt8 Yds TD LG3 Y/Rt
49ers Punt Returns
Rt9 Yds TD LG3 Y/Rt
49ers Extra Points
XP XPA XP%
49ers Field Goals
1–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+ FG FGA FG%

1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Interceptions 6Sacks 7Punts 8Kickoff Returns 9Punt Returns

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Divisional December 29 New York Giants (5) W 21–10 1–0 Candlestick Park Recap
NFC Championship January 6, 1985 Chicago Bears (3) W 23–0 2–0 Candlestick Park Recap
Super Bowl XIX January 20, 1985 Miami Dolphins (A1) W 38–16 3–0 Stanford Stadium Recap

NFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday, December 29, 1984): vs. New York Giants

Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdown passes as he led the 49ers to a victory, while receiver Dwight Clark caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

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NFC Divisional Playoff: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants (10–8) 0 10 0010
49ers (16–1) 14 7 0021

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: December 29, 1984
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C); wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)
  • Game attendance: 60,303
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall (play-by-play), John Madden (color commentator) and Irv Cross (sideline reporter)
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Team Category Player Statistics
NYG Passing Phil Simms 25/44, 218 YDS, 2 INTs
Rushing Joe Morris 17 CAR, 46 YDS
Receiving Zeke Mowatt 5 REC, 49 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 25/39, 309 YDS, 3 TDs, 3 INTs
Rushing Joe Montana 3 CAR, 63 YDS
Receiving Dwight Clark 9 REC, 112 YDS, 1 TD
Giants Game Statistics 49ers
18 First downs 22
25–87 Rushes–yards 28–131
218 Passing yards 309
25–44–2 Passes 25–39–3
6–45 Sacked–yards 4–28
173 Net passing yards 281
260 Total yards 412
178 Return yards 97
6–37.7 Punts 5–42.0
2–1 Fumbles–lost 0–0
2–25 Penalties–yards 5–29
31:29 Time of Possession 28:31

NFC Championship Game (Sunday, January 6, 1985): vs. Chicago Bears

The 49ers passed for 228 yards while limiting the Bears to only 37 passing yards and no points.

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NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Bears (11–7) 0 0 000
49ers (17–1) 3 3 71023

at Candlestick ParkSan Francisco, California

  • Date: January 6, 1985
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Drizzle, 52 °F (11 °C); wind 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h; 4.3 kn)
  • Game attendance: 61,040
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall (play-by-play), John Madden (color commentator) and Irv Cross (sideline reporter)
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Team Category Player Statistics
CHI Passing Steve Fuller 13/22, 87 YDS, 1 INT
Rushing Walter Payton 22 CAR, 92 YDS
Receiving Matt Suhey 4 REC, 11 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 18/34, 233 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 10 CAR, 68 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving Freddie Solomon 7 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD
Bears Game Statistics 49ers
13 First downs 25
32–149 Rushes–yards 29–159
87 Passing yards 236
13–22–1 Passes 19–35–2
9–50 Sacked–yards 3–8
37 Net passing yards 228
186 Total yards 387
84 Return yards 84
7–43.1 Punts 3–39.0
1–0 Fumbles–lost 1–0
7–50 Penalties–yards 3–20
31:53 Time of Possession 28:07

Super Bowl XIX (Sunday, January 20, 1985): vs. Miami Dolphins

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Super Bowl XIX: Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers
1 2 34Total
Dolphins (16–3) 10 6 0016
49ers (18–1) 7 21 10038

at Stanford StadiumStanford, California

Team Category Player Statistics
MIA Passing Dan Marino 29/50, 318 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Rushing Tony Nathan 5 CAR, 18 YDS
Receiving Tony Nathan 10 REC, 83 YDS
SF Passing Joe Montana 24/35, 331 YDS, 3 TDs
Rushing Wendell Tyler 13 CAR, 65 YDS
Receiving Roger Craig 7 REC, 77 YDS, 2 TDs
Dolphins Game Statistics 49ers
19 First downs 31
9–25 Rushes–yards 40–211
318 Passing yards 331
29–50–2 Passes 24–35–0
4–29 Sacked–yards 1–5
289 Net passing yards 326
314 Total yards 537
155 Return yards 91
6–39.3 Punts 3–32.7
1–0 Fumbles–lost 2–2
1–10 Penalties–yards 2–10
22:49 Time of Possession 37:11

Game officials

Round Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge Alternates
NFC Divisional Playoff New York Giants (14) Gene Barth (110) Ron Botchan (35) Leo Miles (54) Jack Johnson (21) Pete Liske (49) Dean Look (82) Pat Mallette
NFC Championship Game Chicago Bears (70) Jerry Seeman (89) Gordon Wells (17) Jerry Bergman (53) Bill Reynolds (106) Al Jury (64) Dave Parry (77) Don Orr (31) Dick Dolack
Super Bowl XIX Miami Dolphins (at Stanford, California) (40) Pat Haggerty (19) Tom Hensley (35) Leo Miles (74) Ray Dodez (25) Tom Kelleher (58) Bill Quinby (18) Bob Lewis (9) Jerry Markbreit
(101) Bob Bolyston

Awards and records

1985 AFC–NFC Pro Bowl

Main article: 1985 Pro Bowl

Number Player Position Conference
51 Randy Cross RG, Starter NFC Pro Bowlers
71 Keith Fahnhorst T NFC Pro Bowlers
22 Dwight Hicks FS, Starter NFC Pro Bowlers
42 Ronnie Lott LCB, Starter NFC Pro Bowlers
16 Joe Montana QB, Starter NFC Pro Bowlers
55 Fred Quillan C, Starter NFC Pro Bowlers
58 Keena Turner LB NFC Pro Bowlers
26 Wendell Tyler RB NFC Pro Bowlers
27 Carlton Williamson S NFC Pro Bowlers
21 Eric Wright CB NFC Pro Bowlers

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Media

Pre season Local TV

Channel Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
KPIX-TV 5

Local Radio

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
KCBS–AM 740 Don Klein Don Heinrich

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