San Francisco 49ers Football


San Francisco 49ers Football

The San Francisco 49ers are a well-known American football team hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. They represent the NFC West division in the NFL and host their home games at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is approximately 38 miles southeast of San Francisco. The team takes its name from the miners who flocked to Northern California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Their fans are referred to as 49er Faithful, Niner Gang, or as the acronym FTTB (Faithful To The Bay). Their mascot is Sourdough Sam who wears jersey number 49 and their cheerleaders, who started in the 1980’s, are called the Gold Rush. Their rivalries in their division are the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angeles Rams. Other rivalries include the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Green Bay Packers.

The San Francisco 49ers were founded in 1946 as a founding member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and subsequently joined the NFL in 1949 following the merger of the two leagues. They hold the distinction of being San Francisco’s first major professional sports franchise and are currently the 10th oldest team in the NFL. They originally played at Kezar Stadium between 1946 and 1970, moving to Candlestick Park in 1971 through 2013. They currently play at Levi’s Stadium since 2014. Since 1988, the headquarters have been located in Santa Clara. Additionally, the team has been under the sole ownership and management of Italian-American Families (specifically, the Morabito and DeBartolo families) since its inception. The Morabito Family owned the team from 1946 through 1976. The DeBartolo Family took over in 1977 until 2000 when the York Family (DeBartolo’s sister and husband) took over due to corruption charges and lawsuits in regards to Mississippi Riverboat Casinos.

Between 1981 and 1994, the 49ers had an impressive run, winning five Super Bowl championships. Those victories occurred in 1981, 1984, and 1988 (Head Coach Bill Walsh) and 1989 and 1994 (Head Coach George Seifert) and were achieved with the leadership of Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, Charles Haley, and Fred Dean. During this time frame, they were also the Division Champions a remarkable 21 times (1970-2022), solidifying their position as one of the most successful teams in NFL history. With 37 playoff wins (tied for first all-time), they appeared in the playoffs 29 times (28 times in the NFL and once in the AAFC) and played in a record-breaking 18 NFC Championship games (10 of which were hosted by them), it’s clear that the 49ers have set numerous notable records within the league. These include the most consecutive away games won (18), most points scored in a single postseason (131), most consecutive seasons leading the league in scoring (4), the longest streak of consecutive games scored (420 from 1977 to 2004), most field goals made in a season (44), and the most wins.

Year Head coach Super Bowl Location Opponent Score Record
Bill Walsh
XVI Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac, MI Cincinnati Bengals 26–21 16–3
1984 XIX Stanford Stadium Stanford, CA Miami Dolphins 38–16 18–1
1988 XXIII Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami) Cincinnati Bengals 20–16 13–6
George Seifert
XXIV Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans) Denver Broncos 55–10 17–2
1994 XXIX Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami) San Diego Chargers 49–26 16–3
5 total Super Bowls won by the San Francisco 49ers during this time


NFC championships
Year Head coach Location Opponent Score Record
Bill Walsh
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
Dallas Cowboys 28–27 16–3
1984 Chicago Bears 23–0 18–1
1988 Soldier Field (Chicago) Chicago Bears 28–3 13–6
George Seifert
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
Los Angeles Rams 30–3 17–2
1994 Dallas Cowboys 38–28 16–3
2012 Jim Harbaugh Georgia Dome (Atlanta) Atlanta Falcons 28–24 13–5–1
2019 Kyle Shanahan Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, California) Green Bay Packers 37–20 15–4
Total NFC championships won: 7

Forbes placed the 49ers as the 6th most valuable team in the NFL at $5.2 billion in 2022 and was ranked as the 12th most valuable sports team in the world in 2020. In June 2023, the 49ers enterprise branch acquired the English soccer club Leeds United.

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