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1989 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach George Seifert
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 14–2
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Super Bowl XXIV Champions
Uniform
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Timeline
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The San Francisco 49ers 1989 season was their 44th season in the National Football League. Joe Montana and the 49ers franchise cemented their reputation as the best team of the decade. After going 14-2 in the regular season, the 49ers completed the season with the most dominant playoff performance in NFL history, outscoring opponents 126-26 and winning their fourth Super Bowl victory.

In 2007, ESPN.com's Page 2 ranked the 1989 49ers as the greatest team in Super Bowl history[1].

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round # Pick # Player Position College
28San Francisco 49ersKeith DeLongInside LinebackerTennessee

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1989 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President/General Counsel – Carmen Policy
  • Vice President/General Manager – John McVay
  • Administrator of Football Operations – Neal Dahlen
  • Director of College Scouting – Tony Razzano
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Allan Webb

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Bill McPherson
  • Defensive Line – John Marshall
  • Linebackers – Bob Zeman
  • Defensive Backs – Ray Rhodes
  • Defensive Assistant – Tommy Hart

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Lynn Stiles

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

RosterEdit

1989 San Francisco 49ers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

The 49ers offense was just as dominating as it was during the previous regular season. Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 3,512 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions, giving him what was then the highest quarterback rating in NFL history (112.4). Montana also rushed for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns, and earned both the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. Wide receiver Jerry Rice had another outstanding season, catching 82 passes for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Roger Craig was the team's leading rusher with 1,054 yards and 6 touchdowns, and he recorded 49 receptions for 473 yards and another touchdown.

But other stars on the 49ers offense began to emerge, enabling the team to spread the ball around. After being used primarily as a punt returner during his first 2 seasons, wide receiver John Taylor had a breakout season, catching 60 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also returning 36 punts for 417 yards. Tight End Brent Jones recorded 40 receptions for 500 yards. Fullback Tom Rathman had the best season of his career, rushing for 305 yards and catching 73 passes for 616 yards. Even Montana's backup, quarterback Steve Young had a great year, throwing for 1,001 yards and 8 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions, while also rushing for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. With all of these weapons, San Francisco's offense led the league in total yards from scrimmage (6,268) and scoring (442 points). The 49ers Defense was ranked #3 in the NFL. Three starters from the Defense made the 1989 All-Pro Team: (Ronnie Lott, Don Griffin, and Michael Walter)

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 at Indianapolis Colts W 30-24 CBS 10:00am
60,111
2 September 17, 1989 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20-16 CBS 1:00pm
64,087
3 September 24, 1989 at Philadelphia Eagles W 38-28 CBS 10:00am
66,042
4 October 1, 1989 Los Angeles Rams L 13-12 CBS 1:00pm
64,250
5 October 8, 1989 at New Orleans Saints [2] W 24-20 CBS 10:00am
60,488
6 October 15, 1989 at Dallas Cowboys W 31-14 CBS 10:00am
61,077
7 October 22, 1989 New England Patriots (at Stanford)[3] W 37-20 NBC 1:00pm
51,781
8 October 29, 1989 at New York Jets W 23-10 CBS 1:00pm
62,805
9 November 6, 1989 (Mon) New Orleans Saints W 31-13 ABC 6:00pm
60,667
10 November 12, 1989 Atlanta Falcons W 45-3 CBS 1:00pm
59,914
11 November 19, 1989 Green Bay Packers L 21-17 CBS 1:00pm
62,219
12 November 27, 1989 (Mon) New York Giants W 34-24 ABC 6:00pm
63,461
13 December 3, 1989 at Atlanta Falcons W 23-10 CBS 10:00am
43,128
14 December 11, 1989 (Mon) at Los Angeles Rams W 30-27 ABC 6:00pm
67,959
15 December 17, 1989 Buffalo Bills W 23-10 NBC 1:00pm
60,927
16 December 24, 1989 Chicago Bears W 26-0 CBS 1:00pm
60,207
  • September 24, 1989 - In a game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, Joe Montana threw for 428 yards and 5 Touchdown passes.
  • December 11, 1989 – Joe Montana set a Monday Night Football record with 458 yards thrown in one game and also threw three touchdown passes. Montana achieved this versus the Los Angeles Rams.

StandingsEdit

NFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 442 253 W5
Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 426 344 W2
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 386 301 W3
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 279 437 L7
[4]

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

San Francisco 49ers 41, Minnesota Vikings 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 3 7

13

49ers 7 20 0 14

41

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

MIN- Rich Karlis 38 yard field goal MIN 3-0

SF- Jerry Rice 72 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) SF 7-3

2nd Quarter

SF- Brent Jones 8 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 14-3

SF- John Taylor 8 yard pass from Joe Montana (kick failed)SF 20-3

SF- Jerry Rice 13 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 27-3

3rd Quarter

MIN- Rich Karlis 44 yard field goal SF 27-6

4th Quarter

SF- Ronnie Lott 58 yard interception return (Mike Cofer kick)SF 34-6

SF- Roger Craig 4 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)SF 41-6

MIN- Rick Fenney 3 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)SF 41-13

NFC ChampionshipEdit

San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 0 0 0

3

49ers 0 21 3 6

30

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

LA- Mike Lansford 23 yard field goal LA 3-0

2nd Quarter

SF- Brent Jones 20 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 7-3

SF- Roger Craig 1 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)SF 14-3

SF- John Taylor 18 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 21-3

3rd Quarter

SF- Mike Cofer 28 yard field goal SF 24-3

4th Quarter

SF- Mike Cofer 36 yard field goal SF 27-3

SF- Mike Cofer 25 yard field goal SF 30-3

Super Bowl XXIVEdit

San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 13 14 14 14

55

Broncos 3 0 7 0

10

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Scoring summary

1st Quarter

  • SF - Jerry Rice 20 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 7-0 SF
  • DEN - David Treadwell 42 yard field Goal 7-3 SF
  • SF - Brent Jones 7 yard pass from Joe Montana (kick failed) 13-3 SF

2nd Quarter

  • SF - Tom Rathman 1 yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 20-3 SF
  • SF - Jerry Rice 38 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 27-3 SF

3rd Quarter

  • SF - Jerry Rice 28 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 34-3 SF
  • SF - John Taylor 35 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 41-3 SF
  • DEN - John Elway 3 yard run (David Treadwell kick) 41-10 SF

4th Quarter

  • SF - Tom Rathman 3 yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 48-10 SF
  • SF - Roger Craig 1 yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 55-10 SF

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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