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1987 San Francisco 49ers season


1987 San Francisco 49ers season

1987 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Bill Walsh
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 13–2
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (Minnesota Vikings)
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The 1987 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 38th year with the National Football League. The 49ers won the division for the second consecutive season, and ended the season as the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The season ended with an upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The 49ers lost the first game of the season to Pittsburgh. It appeared that they were going to start the season 0-2, down by 6 points with just seconds to play. But quarterback Joe Montana threw a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Jerry Rice as time expired. The 49ers used the victory as a springboard to a 13-1 run to end the season with the best record in the NFL.

The 49ers scored 459 points, the most in the NFL in 1987; they also scored 206 more points than they allowed, best in the league as well. The 49ers gained the most total yards (5,987), the most rushing yards (2,237) and second most passing yards (3,750) in the NFL in 1987.[1]

Wide receiver Jerry Rice was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year and the Bert Bell Award (for Player of the Year). Rice caught 22 touchdown passes in a strike-shortened 12 games, a record that stood for twenty years(with the 23rd reception occurring on the 16th and final game of the season).[2] Rice led the league in receiving yards per game (89.8), total touchdowns (23), and points scored (138). Quarterback Joe Montana led the league with 31 touchdown passes. He also led the league in passer rating (102.1) and completion percentage (66.8%).

The San Francisco defense was also very strong, surrendering the fewest total yards (4,095), fewest passing yards (2,484) and fifth-fewest rushing yards (1,611) in the NFL in 1987. The 1987 49ers have the best passer rating differential (offensive passer rating minus opponents' combined passer rating) of the Live Ball Era (1978–present), with +52.4.[3]


When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected quarterback Vinny Testaverde first overall in the 1987 NFL Draft, Tampa Bay quarterback Steve Young was traded to the 49ers on April 24, 1987. The Buccaneers received 2nd and 4th round draft picks in the trade, which they used to draft Miami linebacker Winston Moss, and Arizona State wide receiver Bruce Hill.

NFL Draft

Main article: 1987 NFL Draft




Regular season

In 1987, Jerry Rice led the NFL with 22 Touchdown receptions. The runner-up was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. This marked the first time in NFL history that a category leader doubled the total of his nearest competitor.[5]


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17-30
2 September 20, 1987 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27-26
- September 27, 1987 Philadelphia Eagles canceled
3 October 5, 1987 (Mon) at New York Giants W 41-21
4 October 11, 1987 at Atlanta Falcons W 25-17
5 October 18, 1987 St. Louis Cardinals W 34-28
6 October 25, 1987 at New Orleans Saints W 24-22
7 November 1, 1987 at Los Angeles Rams W 31-10
8 November 8, 1987 Houston Oilers W 27-20
9 November 15, 1987 New Orleans Saints L 24-26
10 November 22, 1987 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24-10
11 November 29, 1987 Cleveland Browns W 38-24
12 December 6, 1987 at Green Bay Packers W 23-12
13 December 14, 1987 (Mon) Chicago Bears W 41-0
14 December 20, 1987 Atlanta Falcons W 35-7
15 December 27, 1987 Los Angeles Rams W 48-0

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
49ers 0 7137 27
Bengals 10 1006 26
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Riverfront StadiumCincinnati, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 53,498
  • Game weather: 62°F • Wind 9




NFC Divisional Playoff

  • San Francisco 49ers 24, Minnesota Vikings 36

January 9, 1988 (Sat) at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Attendance: 62,547

Awards and records



External links

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

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