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1978 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Pete McCulley
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 2–14
Place 4th NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Uniform
49ers76 83
Timeline
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The 1978 San Francisco 49ers season was their 29th season in the National Football League. The team began the season hoping to improve upon their previous output of 5-9, however, they instead started the season 0-4 for the second straight year, and this season also featured a nine game losing streak.[1] During the off-season, the Buffalo Bills had traded running back O.J. Simpson to the 49ers. Although one of the best RBs in the league, he was in poor physical condition and had recently undergone knee surgery. As a result, his playing ability was limited. The 49ers finished with the worst record in the league and scored only 219 points[2] in the course of the season, the lowest in the league.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Cleveland Browns L 24-7
68,973
2 September 10, 1978 Chicago Bears L 16-13
49,502
3 September 17, 1978 at Houston Oilers L 20-19
46,161
4 September 24, 1978 at New York Giants L 27-10
71,536
5 October 1, 1978 Cincinnati Bengals W 28-12
41,107
6 October 8, 1978 at Los Angeles Rams L 27-10
59,337
7 October 15, 1978 New Orleans Saints L 14-7
37,671
8 October 22, 1978 Atlanta Falcons L 20-17
44,235
9 October 29, 1978 at Washington Redskins L 38-20
53,706
10 November 5, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 21-10
55,468
11 November 12, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals L 16-10
33,155
12 November 19, 1978 Los Angeles Rams L 31-28
45,022
13 November 27, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24-7
51,657
14 December 3, 1978 at New Orleans Saints L 23-14
50,068
15 December 10, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 6-3
30,931
16 December 17, 1978 at Detroit Lions L 33-14
56,674

StandingsEdit

NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Los Angeles Rams 1240.750316245
Atlanta Falcons 970.563240290
New Orleans Saints 790.438281298
San Francisco 49ers 2140.125219350
[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1978 San Francisco 49ers
  2. 1978 NFL Standings
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 295
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NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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