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2002 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Steve Mariucci
Home Field 3Com Park
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2001 2003

The first season following divisional realignment, the Niners won the new-look NFC West title with a 10–6 record; they swept new division rivals Seattle and Arizona while splitting with the Rams; the Niners lost to former division rival New Orleans. In the playoffs the Niners fell behind the New York Giants 38–14 but erupted with 25 unanswered points and survived a chaotic last-second field goal attempt by the Giants; the 39–38 win was the 26th playoff win in the team's history. The Niners lost the next week at Tampa Bay and coach Steve Mariucci was fired. As of 2011, this is the last season the 49ers have reached the playoffs. It was also the last true winning season for the 49ers until 2011, when they finally snapped their eight-year non-winning jinx.

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

Round # Pick # Player Position College

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 5, 2002 (Thu) at New York Giants W 16–13 ESPN 8:30et
78,748
2 September 15, 2002 Denver Broncos L 14–24 CBS 4:15et
67,685
3 September 22, 2002 Washington Redskins W 20–10 FOX 4:15et
67,541
4 BYE WEEK
5 October 6, 2002 St. Louis Rams W 37–13 FOX 4:15et
67,853
6 October 14, 2002 (Mon) at Seattle Seahawks W 28–21 ABC 9:00et
66,420
7 October 20, 2002 at New Orleans Saints L 27–35 FOX 1:00et
67,903
8 October 27, 2002 Arizona Cardinals W 38–28 FOX 4:15et
67,173
9 November 3, 2002 at Oakland Raiders W 23–20 (OT) FOX 4:15et
62,660
10 November 10, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–13 CBS 4:15et
67,881
11 November 17, 2002 at San Diego Chargers L 17–20 (OT) FOX 4:15et
67,161
12 November 25, 2002 (Mon) Philadelphia Eagles L 17–38 ABC 9:00et
67,919
13 December 1, 2002 Seattle Seahawks W 31–24 FOX 4:15et
67,594
14 December 8, 2002 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–27 FOX 1:00et
64,097
15 December 15, 2002 Green Bay Packers L 14–20 FOX 4:15et
67,947
16 December 21, 2002 (Sat) at Arizona Cardinals W 17–14 FOX 4:15et
44,051
17 December 30, 2002 (Mon) at St. Louis Rams L 31–20 ABC 9:00et
66,118

Notable gamesEdit

StandingsEdit

NFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (4) San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 367 351 L1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 355 369 W3
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 4–2 5–7 316 369 W1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 5–7 262 417 L3

2002 ScheduleEdit

Week 1: at New York GiantsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 0 7 6 16
Giants 3 3 0 7 13



at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game Date: Thursday, September 5, 2002
  • Game Leaders

Passing: K. Collins (NYG)- 28/45 342 yards, 0 TD, 3 Int

Rushing: G. Hearst (SF)- 12 ATT 40 yards, 0 TD

Receiving: A. Toomer (NYG)- 9 REC 134 yards, 0 TD

  • Scoring Summary

First Quarter-

New York Giants- M. Bryant 29 yard Field Goal (11 plays, 69 yards; 5:59)

San Francisco 49ers- J. Cortez 23 yard Field Goal (9 plays, 63 yards; 4:52)

Second Quarter-

New York Giants- M. Bryant 33 yard Field Goal (8 palys, 47 yards; 1:03)

Third Quarter-

San Francisco 49ers- G. Hearst 9 yeard pass from J. Garcia (J. Cotez kick) (8 plays, 52 yards; 4:26)

Forth Quarter-

San Francisco 49ers- J. Cortez 33 yard Field goal (9 plays, 49 yards; 4:54)

New York Giants- T. Barber 1 yard run (M. Bryant Kick) (14 plays, 77 yards; 6:13)

San Francisco 49ers- J. Cortez 36 yard Field Goal (6 Plays, 52 Yards; 1:49)

  • Scoring Leader: J. Cortez (SF) 10 PTS

Week 2: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 3 7 14 24
49ers 0 7 0 7 14



at Monster Park, San Francisco, California

  • Game Date: Sunday, September 15, 2002
  • Game Leaders

Passing: J. Garcia (SF)- 27/36 205 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Anderson (DEN)- 10 ATT 95 yards, 0 TD

Receiving: E. Johnson (SF)- 7 REC 69 yards, 0 TD

  • Scoring Summary

First Quarter-

No Scoring

Second Quarter-

San Francisco 49ers- T. Owens 8 yard pass from J. Garcia (J. Cortez Kick) (6 Plays, 56 Yards; 2:37)

Denver Broncos- J. Elam 28 yard Field goal (5 plays, 17 yards; 1:19)

Third Quarter-

Denver Broncos- M. Anderson 1 yard pass from B. Griese (J. Elam Kick) (10 plays, 74 yards; 5:59)

Forth Quarter-

Denver Broncos- O. Gary 1 yard run (J. Elam Kick) (4 plays, 46 yards; 1:59)

Denver Broncos- S. Montgomery 11 yard pass from B. Griese (J. Elam Kick) (13 plays, 99 yards; 6:37)

San Francisco 49ers- J. Garcia 1 yard run (J. Cortez kick) (8 Plays, 67 Yards; 1:35)

  • Scoring Leader: B. Griese (DEN) 12 PTS

NotesEdit

This was the first time in 14 years that a game between the 49ers and Broncos was not nationally televised. Between 1989 and 2000, the teams met on national television four consecutive times, on four different networks: Super Bowl XXIV on CBS, a Saturday afternoon game in 1994 on NBC, a Monday night game on ABC in 1997, and a Saturday afternoon game in 2000 on Fox.

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Wild Card – January 5, 2003Edit

  • San Francisco 49ers 39, New York Giants 38
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 21 10 0 38
49ers 7 7 8 17 39



[1]

at 3Com Park, San Francisco, CA

The Steelers' comeback earlier in the day (36–33 over the Cleveland Browns) was matched by San Francisco's similar late drive, overcoming a 38–14 deficit by scoring 25 unanswered points in the second half. A last-minute Giants drive collapsed when Trey Junkin botched a field goal snap, leading to a desperation heave to the endzone that fell short.

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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