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1980 San Francisco 49ers season


1980 San Francisco 49ers season

1980 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Bill Walsh
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1980 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 31st in the National Football League. This was both Bill Walsh's and Joe Montana's second season with the team. The 49ers looked to improve on their previous output of 2–14 (which they had earned in both of the two previous seasons). They failed to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, but they did improve to 6–10.[1]

On December 7, 1980, the 49ers staged the greatest come from behind victory in the history of the NFL's regular season. The 49ers rallied from 28 points down to defeat the New Orleans Saints by a score of 38–35 in Week Fourteen.[2][3]




Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at New Orleans Saints W 26-23
2 September 14, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals W 24-21
3 September 21, 1980 at New York Jets W 37-27
4 September 28, 1980 Atlanta Falcons L 20-17
5 October 5, 1980 at Los Angeles Rams L 48-26
6 October 12, 1980 at Dallas Cowboys L 59-14
7 October 19, 1980 Los Angeles Rams L 31-17
8 October 26, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24-23
9 November 2, 1980 at Detroit Lions L 17-13
10 November 9, 1980 at Green Bay Packers L 23-16
11 November 16, 1980 at Miami Dolphins L 17-13
12 November 23, 1980 New York Giants W 12-0
13 November 30, 1980 New England Patriots W 21-17
14 December 7, 1980 New Orleans Saints W 38-35
15 December 14, 1980 at Atlanta Falcons L 35-10
16 December 21, 1980 Buffalo Bills L 18-13

Game summaries

Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints

1 2 34OTTotal
Saints 14 21 00035
49ers 0 7 1414338

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: Sunday, December 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 48°F, wind 12 mph

The 49ers fought a 28-point deficit in the second half to win in overtime 38-35. The game was named as #8 on NFL Top 10 on Top Ten Comebacks.[4]



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