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1953 San Francisco 49ers season

1953 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Buck Shaw
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 9-3-0
Division place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
Timeline
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The 1953 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's fourth season in the NFL, and were coming off a 7-5-0 record in 1952.

The 49ers would play consistent football all season long, never losing consecutive games throughout the season en route to a franchise best 9-3-0 record. However, the 49ers would lose both games against the Detroit Lions, who finished the season 10-2-0 to win the Western Conference and earn a spot in the NFL Championship game.

Offensively, San Francisco was led by quarterback Y.A. Tittle, who threw for 2121 yards and 20 TD's while completing 57.5% of his passes. Running back Joe Perry had another great season, rushing for 1018 yards along with 10 TD's, while Hugh McElhenny rushed for 503 yards and 3 TD's, and caught 30 passes for 474 yards and 6 TD's. Wide receiver Billy Wilson would catch a team high 51 passes for 840 yards and 10 TD's.

Schedule

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 27 Philadelphia Eagles 31-21 San Francisco 49ers 1-0-0 25,000
2 October 4 Los Angeles Rams 31-30 San Francisco 49ers 2-0-0 41,446
3 October 11 San Francisco 49ers 24-21 Detroit Lions 2-1-0 56,080
4 October 18 San Francisco 49ers 35-28 Chicago Bears 3-1-0 36,909
5 October 25 Detroit Lions 14-10 San Francisco 49ers 3-2-0 52,300
6 November 1 Chicago Bears 24-14 San Francisco 49ers 4-2-0 26,308
7 November 8 San Francisco 49ers 31-27 Los Angeles Rams 5-2-0 85,856
8 November 15 San Francisco 49ers 23-21 Cleveland Browns 5-3-0 80,698
9 November 22 San Francisco 49ers 37-7 Green Bay Packers 6-3-0 16,378
10 November 29 San Francisco 49ers 38-21 Baltimore Colts 7-3-0 26,005
11 December 6 Green Bay Packers 48-14 San Francisco 49ers 8-3-0 31,337
12 December 13 Baltimore Colts 45-14 San Francisco 49ers 9-3-0 23,932

Standings

Western Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 12 10 2 0 .833 271 205
San Francisco 49ers 12 9 3 0 .750 372 237
Los Angeles Rams 12 8 3 1 .727 366 236
Chicago Bears 12 3 8 1 .273 218 262
Baltimore Colts 12 3 9 0 .250 182 350
Green Bay Packers 12 2 9 1 .182 200 338

Pro Bowl

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Art Michalik Linebacker
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordie Soltau Wide Receiver
Y.A. Tittle Quarterback

References

  • SHRP Sports
  • Pro Football Reference

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