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1997 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Steve Mariucci
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 13-3
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Championship Game (Green Bay Packers)
Uniform
49ers 9697
Timeline
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1996 1998

The 1997 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 48th year with the National Football League. The franchise appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in the 1990’s and, to date, is their last appearance in the NFC title game.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The 49ers opened the 1997 season with high hopes. With new coach Steve Mariucci and half back Garrison Hearst, the 49ers seemed to have shored up their one major weakness from the season before. Also, additions Kevin Gogan to the offensive line and Rod Woodson to the defense were clear improvements over last season's roster. However, in the first game of the season at Tampa Bay the greatest disaster the 49ers could have imagined occurred: both quarterback Steve Young and receiver Jerry Rice went down with injuries. Rice appeared to be out for the season with a serious knee injury and Young, with yet another concussion, had discussed and considered retirement.

However, Young eventually came back, as did Rice for one and a half quarters (before getting another unrelated injury to his knee), and the team, with the league's number one defense leading the way, pulled together and finished strongly at 13-3.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 August 31, 1997 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6-13 FOX 4:05et
62,554
2 September 7, 1997 at St. Louis Rams W 15-12 FOX 1:00et/12:00ct
64,630
3 September 14, 1997 New Orleans Saints W 33-7 FOX 4:15et/1:15pt
61,838
4 September 21, 1997 Atlanta Falcons W 34-17 FOX 4:15et/1:15pt
60,404
5 September 29, 1997 (Mon) at Carolina Panthers W 34-21 ABC 9:00et
70,972
6 BYE WEEK
7 October 12, 1997 St. Louis Rams W 30-10 FOX 4:15et/1:15pt
63,825
8 October 19, 1997 at Atlanta Falcons W 35-28 FOX 1:00et
53,378
9 October 26, 1997 at New Orleans Saints W 23-0 FOX 1:00et/12:00ct
60,443
10 November 2, 1997 Dallas Cowboys W 17-10 FOX 4:15et/1:15pt
68,657
11 November 10, 1997 (Mon) at Philadelphia Eagles W 24-12 ABC 9:00et
67,133
12 November 16, 1997 Carolina Panthers W 27-19 FOX 4:15et/1:15pt
61,500
13 November 23, 1997 San Diego Chargers W 17-10 NBC 4:15et/1:15pt
61,195
14 November 30, 1997 at Kansas City Chiefs L 9-44 FOX 1:00et/12:00ct
77,535
15 December 7, 1997 Minnesota Vikings W 28-17 FOX 4:15et/1:15pt
55,761
16 December 15, 1997 (Mon) Denver Broncos W 34-17 ABC 9:00et/6:00pt
68,461
17 December 21, 1997 at Seattle Seahawks L 9-38 ESPN 8:15et/5:15pt
66,253

StandingsEdit

NFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 375 265
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 265 314
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 320 361
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 237 327
St. Louis Rams 5 11 0 .313 299 359

RosterEdit

PlayoffsEdit

Towards the end of the season things appeared to be going well for the 49er's postseason prospects. However, in the second to last game of the season Jerry Rice was injured again and deemed out for the playoffs. Similarly, the team's offensive heart for the season, running back Garrison Hearst, had a broken collar bone through the post season and didn't return to full health prior to the end of the season.

Despite not having either their leading receiver or their starting running back, the 49ers were able to make it to their 7th NFC championship in 10 years. However, not having an elite receiver or solid running back showed glaringly in their loss to the Packers in the conference championship (Hearst returned, but his injury was clearly still a problem as he only played a few ineffective snaps).

NFC Divisional Playoff - January 3, 1998 (Sat)Edit

  • San Francisco 49ers 38, Minnesota Vikings 22

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

NFC Championship Game - January 11, 1998Edit

  • Green Bay Packers 23, San Francisco 49ers 10

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Steve Young, Led NFL, Passer Rating, 104.7 Rating [1]

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450
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