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1984 San Francisco 49ers season

1984 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Bill Walsh
General manager John McVay
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 15–1
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 21–10
Won Conference Championship (Bears) 23–0
Won Super Bowl XIX (Dolphins) 38–16
Pro Bowlers QB Joe Montana
FB Roger Craig
C Fred Quillan
NT Michael Carter
RCB Eric Wright
SS Carlton Williamson
Previous season      Next season
< 1983      1985 >

The 1984 San Francisco 49ers season was their 39th season in the National Football League. The season was highlighted by their second Super Bowl victory. The franchise had their best season ever with a record of 15 wins and only 1 loss. Quarterback Joe Montana would be awarded the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in his career, joining Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw as the only two time MVP’s.

The 1984 49ers became the first team to win fifteen games in the NFL's regular season since the league went to a sixteen game schedule in 1978.[1]


NFL Draft

Rd Sel Player School 1 24 Todd Shell LB Brigham Young 2 56 John Frank TE Ohio State 3 73 Guy McIntyre G Georgia 5 121 Michael Carter NT Southern Methodist 5 139 Jeff Fuller DB Texas A&M 9 239 Lee Miller - Cal State-Fullerton 9 248 Derrick Harmon RB Cornell 10 275 Dave Moriz - Iowa 11 304 Kirk Pendleton - Brigham Young




Regular season

The 49ers advanced to their second Super Bowl in team history after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Much of the hype surrounding the team was their offense, which boasted 5 Pro Bowlers. Quarterback Joe Montana recorded 279 out of 432 completions for 3,630 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Running back Roger Craig was one of the 49ers' major weapons, both rushing and receiving. Craig was the team's second leading rusher with 649 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, and also caught 71 passes for 675 yards. Pro Bowl running back Wendell Tyler, who had rushed for a team record 1,262 yards during the regular season, recorded 7 rushing touchdowns, and also caught 28 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. Wide receivers Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark also were deep threats, gaining a combined total of 1,617 yards and 16 touchdowns. Up front, 3 of the 49ers' 5 starting offensive linemen, Randy Cross, Fred Quillan, and Keith Fahnhorst, had been selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Overall, San Francisco's offense finished the season ranked second in the NFL in scoring (475 points) and fourth in total yards (6,544).

Although they did not get as much media attention as the offense, the 49ers defense led the league in fewest points allowed during the regular season (227). All 4 of the 49ers' starting defensive backs, Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, and Dwight Hicks, were selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Pro Bowl linebacker Keena Turner was also a major defensive weapon, recording 2 sacks and 4 interceptions for 51 yards. Defensive end Dwaine Board anchored the line, recording 10 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Detroit Lions W 30-27
2 September 10, 1984 (Mon) Washington Redskins W 37-31
3 September 16, 1984 New Orleans Saints W 30-20
4 September 23, 1984 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21-9
5 September 30, 1984 Atlanta Falcons W 14-5
6 October 8, 1984 (Mon) at New York Giants W 31-10
7 October 14, 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17-20
8 October 21, 1984 at Houston Oilers W 34-21
9 October 28, 1984 at Los Angeles Rams W 33-0
10 November 4, 1984 Cincinnati Bengals W 23-17
11 November 11, 1984 at Cleveland Browns W 41-7
12 November 18, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24-17
13 November 25, 1984 at New Orleans Saints W 35-3
14 December 2, 1984 at Atlanta Falcons W 35-17
15 December 8, 1984 (Sat) Minnesota Vikings W 51-7
16 December 14, 1984 (Fri) Los Angeles Rams W 19-16

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
49ers 7 7313 30
Lions 7 677 27
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: Pontiac SilverdomePontiac, Michigan
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: indoors (dome)


Week 2

1 234Total
Redskins 0 31414 31
49ers 14 13010 37


Week 3

1 234Total
Saints 0 10100 20
• 49ers 7 10013 30


Week 5

1 234Total
Falcons 3 002 5
• 49ers 0 1400 14




NFC Divisional Playoff

San Francisco 49ers 21, New York Giants 10
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 10 0010
49ers 14 7 0021

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdown passes as he led the 49ers to a victory, while receiver Dwight Clark caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

SF- Dwight Clark 21-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) SF 7-0

SF- Russ Francis 9-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) SF 14-0

2nd Quarter

NYG- Ali Haji-Sheikh 46-yard field goal SF 14-3

NYG- Harry Carson 14-yard interception return (Ali Haji-Sheikh kick) SF 14-10

SF- Freddie Solomon 29-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) SF 21-10

NFC Championship Game

San Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 0 000
49ers 3 3 71023

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

The 49ers passed for 228 yards while limiting the Bears to only 37 passing yards and no points.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

SF- Ray Wersching 21-yard field goal SF 3-0

2nd Quarter

SF- Ray Wersching 22-yard field goal SF 6-0

3rd Quarter

SF- Wendell Tyler 9-yard rush (Ray Wersching kick) SF 13-0

4th Quarter

SF- Freddie Solomon 10-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) SF 20-0

SF- Ray Wersching 34-yard field goal SF 23-0

Super Bowl XIX

San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 10 6 0016
49ers 7 21 10038
Scoring summary

1st Quarter

  • MIA - FG: Uwe von Schamann 37 yards 3-0 MIA
  • SF - TD: Carl Monroe 33-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 7-3 SF
  • MIA - TD: Dan Johnson 2-yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick) 10-7 MIA

2nd Quarter

  • SF - TD: Roger Craig 8-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 14-10 SF
  • SF - TD: Joe Montana 6-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 21-10 SF
  • SF - TD: Roger Craig 2-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 28-10 SF
  • MIA - FG: Uwe von Schamann 31 yards 28-13 SF
  • MIA - FG: Uwe von Schamann 30 yards 28-16 SF

3rd Quarter

  • SF - FG: Ray Wersching 27 yards 31-16 SF
  • SF - TD: Roger Craig 16-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 38-16 SF

Awards and records


External links

  • 49ers on Pro Football Reference
  • 49ers Schedule on

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