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His top target was Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski , who caught 82 passes for 1, yards and 12 touchdowns, along with wide receiver Brandon LaFell , who caught 74 passes for yards and seven touchdowns. Wide receiver Julian Edelman was another key aspect of the passing game, with 92 receptions for yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 92 yards and returning 25 punts for yards and a touchdown.
Running back Jonas Gray was the team's leading rusher with yards and a 4. Vereen was also a reliable pass catcher, hauling in 52 receptions for yards. Special teamer Matthew Slater also made the Pro Bowl for the fourth time. The Patriots defensive line was led by five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and defensive end Rob Ninkovich , who compiled eight sacks.
Behind them, linebacker Jamie Collins led the team in tackles and forced fumbles four , while also intercepting two passes. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower was also a big contributor with 89 tackles and six sacks. The secondary was led by Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis , along with safety Devin McCourty , who recorded two interceptions and Brandon Browner , who added a physical presence to the secondary.
However, they went on from there to win nine of their final 10 regular season games, preventing their opponents from scoring any touchdowns in five of them. By the time they finished with a 12—4 record and entered the playoffs, they had earned the number one seed, and not allowed any touchdowns in the previous 10 quarters. Their defense ranked first in the NFL in fewest points allowed and their offense was tied at first in rushing yards 2, Quarterback Russell Wilson was back in control of the Seattle offense, completing The team's leading receiver was Doug Baldwin , who caught 66 passes for yards and three touchdowns.
Receiver Jermaine Kearse was another reliable target with 38 catches for yards, while tight end Luke Willson caught 22 passes for yards. Running back Marshawn Lynch was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl, ranking fourth in the NFL with 1, rushing yards and first in rushing touchdowns with He also caught 37 passes for yards and four more touchdowns. Running back Robert Turbin chipped in yards and 16 receptions.
On special teams, kicker Steven Hauschka ranked fourth in the NFL with points and made 31 of 37 field goals Michael Bennett anchored the Seattle defensive line, leading the team with seven sacks, while teammate Bruce Irvin ranked second with 6.
Behind them, linebackers K. Wright and Pro Bowl selection Bobby Wagner combined for a staggering tackles for Wright, for Wagner , while Wright also forced three fumbles.
But the strongest aspect of the team's number one ranked defense was their secondary. Known as the " Legion of Boom ", they sent three of their four starters to the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row: Sherman led the team with four interceptions, while Thomas had 97 tackles and forced four fumbles. Chancellor had 78 tackles and also recorded six passes deflected.
New England became the first playoff team to overcome two point deficits to win a game as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens 35—31 ,  pulling ahead for the first time in the game on Brady's yard touchdown pass to LaFell with 5: Then safety Duron Harmon iced the game by intercepting a pass from Joe Flacco in the end zone on Baltimore's ensuing drive.
Although New England only had 14 rushing yards, Brady's franchise playoff record 33 completions for yards and three touchdowns, along with a rushing score, were able to make up the difference. Although the score was still a close 17—7 by the end of the half, New England dominated the game in the second with touchdowns on their first four drives.
Brady had another great game, throwing for yards and three touchdowns with one interception, while Blount rushed for yards and three scores. Seattle started off their postseason with a 31—17 win over the Carolina Panthers. The score was just 14—10 at the end of the first half, but the Seahawks took control of the game in the second, scoring 17 unanswered points.
After a field goal and Russell Wilson's yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson, Chancellor put the game completely out of reach by intercepting a pass from Cam Newton and returning it 90 yards for a touchdown. Seattle had to mount a furious comeback to defeat their next opponent, the Green Bay Packers , as they fell behind 16—0 before Jon Ryan 's yard touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal in the third quarter got them their first score.
They still found themselves trailing 19—7 with just over 5 minutes left when Wilson threw his fourth interception of the day.
But after Green Bay was forced to punt, Wilson led the team 69 yards to make the score 19—14 on his 1-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff, receiver Chris Matthews recovered an onside kick for Seattle, and they took their first lead on a yard touchdown run from Marshawn Lynch. Now with the score 20—19, the Seahawks managed to go up by 3 points on a dramatic 2-point conversion play in which Wilson was forced to run all the way back to the yard line near the right sideline before hurling the ball to the opposite side of the field, where Luke Willson, who had only been assigned as a blocker for the play, caught the ball and took it into the end zone.
Although Green Bay kicked a field goal to send the game into overtime, Seattle's comeback could not be stopped. After winning the coin toss, the Seahawks took the ball and drove 87 yards to win the game on Wilson's yard touchdown pass to Kearse, sending the Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.
The game was notable for featuring the coach of one team who had replaced the other as head coach; Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was hired in to replace Pete Carroll , who went on to become the coach of the Seahawks. This was only the fourth time this has occurred. Gruden's former team, Bill Callahan 's Oakland Raiders. In fact, this game marked the Patriots' return to University of Phoenix Stadium for the first time since that contest. The betting odds for Super Bowl XLIX initially opened after the conclusion of the conference championship games with the Seahawks favored by 2.
After the AFC Championship Game, ESPN reported an NFL investigation discovered 11 of 12 footballs the Patriots had used during it were under-inflated, while none of the balls used by the Colts had been, although these findings were later shown to be false. As the designated home team in the annual rotation between AFC and NFC teams, the Seahawks elected to wear their college navy home jerseys with navy pants,  which meant that the Patriots would wear their white road jerseys.
It is the home stadium of the Arizona Cardinals , but all Cardinals home games in had it closed either because of warm temperatures or to provide home field advantage and hold in crowd noise. John Harbaugh served as a guest analyst. As with other major events broadcast by the network, the telecast was cross-promoted with other NBCUniversal properties: NBC posted the commercials on a Tumblr blog as they aired throughout the game; the blog was promoted through NBC's own live stream, as it did not contain all of the same commercials as the television broadcast.
Paramount paid for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Terminator Genisys. Fox paid for Kingsman: Lionsgate paid for The Divergent Series: Insurgent during the pre-game show. Disney paid for Tomorrowland. NFL Network produced an international television feed of the game carried in some markets, with alternate English-language commentary provided by Bob Papa play-by-play and Charles Davis color analyst.
The Canadian broadcast was the most-watched broadcast on television that week, with 8. The game was broadcast nationally on Westwood One radio, with Kevin Harlan as play-by-play announcer, Boomer Esiason as color analyst, and James Lofton and Mark Malone as sideline reporters.
The flagship stations of each station in the markets of each team carried their local play-by-play calls. Per contractual rules, the rest of the stations in the Seahawks and Patriots radio networks carried the Westwood One feed. Rocky Boiman and Darren Fletcher return as commentators. She underwent a wardrobe change, and progressed into a "campy" medley of " Teenage Dream " and " California Gurls ".
After Perry briefly disappeared, Elliott performed " Lose Control ". She rose out of midfield on a narrow platform that was attached to a shooting star prop, and flew above the crowds. During this performance, fireworks exploded around Perry and the stadium. While these reports were denied by an NFL spokeswoman, the request had, according to the Journal , received a "chilly" response from those involved.
After the first two drives of the game ended in punts, New England got the first scoring opportunity with a drive to the Seattle yard line. However, on third-and-six, quarterback Tom Brady threw a pass that was intercepted by cornerback Jeremy Lane and returned to the yard line.
Lane broke his wrist and tore his ACL on the play when he tried to break his fall with his arm extended after being tackled by Julian Edelman , and subsequently missed the rest of the game. The game remained scoreless until New England's first drive of the second quarter, which began with Brady's yard completed pass to Danny Amendola.
Brady later completed a yard pass to Edelman on third-and-nine, and eventually finished the drive with a yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandon LaFell. Seattle began to make progress when Russell Wilson completed his first pass of the day, a six-yard completion to Jermaine Kearse on third-and-six and with 5: After a five-yard run by Marshawn Lynch , Wilson completed a yard pass to receiver Chris Matthews on the Patriots yard line, setting up Lynch's three-yard touchdown run to tie the game.
Taking the ball back on their own 20, Seattle started off their drive with a yard burst from Robert Turbin and a yard scramble by Wilson. Then Wilson completed a yard pass to Ricardo Lockette , with a facemask penalty on defensive back Kyle Arrington adding additional yardage that gave the team a first down on the Patriots yard line.
Only six seconds remained until halftime at this point, but coach Pete Carroll decided to take a shot at the end zone rather than kick a field goal, a gamble that paid off as Wilson threw an yard touchdown pass to Matthews on the next play, tying the game at 14 with just two seconds showing on the clock.
Seattle took the second half kickoff and drove 72 yards to the Patriots eight-yard line, featuring a yard run by Lynch and a yard reception by Matthews. After Lynch was stopped on third-and-one in the red zone , Steven Hauschka finished the drive with a yard field goal, giving Seattle their first lead of the game at 17— Just as with their last interception, Seattle lost a player for the game on the play due to injury, this time defensive end Cliff Avril , who departed with a concussion.
The offense was able to take advantage of the turnover, driving 50 yards in six plays and scoring on Wilson's three-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin , who was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for an improper end-zone celebration.
Until this game, no team in Super Bowl history had come back to win after facing a fourth-quarter deficit of more than seven points. The drive included two yard completions from Brady to Edelman, the first one converting a third-and from the Patriots yard line. Following a three-and-out for Seattle, New England got the ball back on their own 32 at the 6: Brady started off the possession with two completions to running back Shane Vereen for 13 total yards, and followed it up with a nine-yard pass to Edelman.
Following a penalty against New England, Gronkowski caught a pair of passes that moved the team up 33 yards to the Seattle Over the next three plays, Vereen rushed for seven yards, Brady passed to LaFell for seven more, and Blount ran the ball two yards to the three-yard line.
After a touchback gave Seattle the ball on their 20, Wilson started off the Seahawks drive with a yard completion to Lynch. Then after two incompletions, he picked up another first down with an yard pass to Lockette. The following play gave Seattle an opportunity to win the game. Wilson threw a deep pass down the right sideline to Kearse, who was covered by rookie reserve cornerback Malcolm Butler. Both players dove through the air for the ball, and Butler managed to deflect it with one hand, but the pass fell right into the hands of Kearse, who tipped it to himself and caught the ball while he was lying on his back.
Butler managed to recognize the catch and recover in time to shove Kearse out of bounds as he got up, preventing a Seattle touchdown, but the play netted 33 yards and gave the Seahawks a first down at the Patriots five-yard line with 1: Announcer Cris Collinsworth compared the play to two other acrobatic receptions by Patriots opponents that had defeated them in prior Super Bowls: On the next play, Lynch ran the ball four yards to the Patriots one-yard line where he was brought down by Dont'a Hightower.
Since New England did not call a timeout, Seattle was able to run the clock down to 26 seconds before taking the snap for the next play. The Seahawks called a pass play in which Kearse would run a pick on the right side of the field to draw defensive backs away from Lockette as Lockette ran a slant to the middle, but Brandon Browner blocked Kearse at the line of scrimmage, preventing him from reaching Butler.
Lockette appeared to be uncovered at the one-yard line when Wilson threw him the ball, but before the ball arrived, Butler correctly read the play and rushed into position to make the interception. The game was not quite over at this point. Since the ball was placed on the one-yard line, Brady had to take the snap in the end zone. If he took a knee or the Patriots otherwise failed to advance the ball beyond the goal line, this would be a safety , awarding Seattle two points and forcing the Patriots to kick the ball back to the Seahawks.
Seattle would then have one time out and about 18 seconds to advance the ball into field goal range with the chance to win. However, the Patriots took a time out then held the ball as the play clock ran in the attempt to draw a Seattle defense player across the line of scrimmage.
Had it run out, the delay of game penalty would have merely moved the ball back half the distance to the goal. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett moved across the line of scrimmage, earning a five-yard encroachment penalty and moving the ball to the New England six-yard line.
Brady then took a knee, Seattle called its final time-out, and Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin rushed some of the Patriots players, starting a brawl involving players from both teams that resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for Seattle. Irvin received the first ejection in Super Bowl history for throwing a closed hand punch at Rob Gronkowski.
Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions. He also surpassed Joe Montana 's record for career touchdown passes in Super Bowls, setting a new record with Vereen caught 11 passes for 64 yards and rushed for For Seattle, Wilson completed 12 of 21 passes for yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, while also rushing for 39 yards.
Lynch was the top rusher of the game with yards and a touchdown, and also caught a pass for 31 yards. Matthews, an undrafted rookie who had not caught any passes in the regular season or postseason before the Super Bowl, caught four passes for yards and a touchdown. Wagner had 12 tackles 10 solo and an interception. Wright had 11 tackles 10 solo. In a poll conducted by NFL. After the game, Seattle faced heavy criticism for their decision to call a pass play on second and goal from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds and one timeout left instead of a rushing play.
Following the play, Collinsworth stated, "I'm sorry, but I can't believe the call. Garrison Hearst, who had been forced to retire from football after breaking his ankle in the divisional playoffs, finally returned to the line-up after over two years of rehabilitation. He became the first player in NFL history to come back to football after suffering avascular necrosis. He had an excellent season, rushing for 1, yards on a 4.
In the final 6 weeks of the season the 49ers defense shut out 3 teams the Buffalo Bills , Miami Dolphins , and New Orleans Saints , and had one of the most stupendous goal-line stands against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL season began with the divisional realignment. The team's production dropped from the previous year. Jeff Garcia went from having 31 and 32 touchdowns in the previous 2 seasons, to only 21 in The 49ers defense struggled at times, dropping from the 9th-ranked defense in the previous season to the 19th-ranked. Even though the team did not have the same success as they did in the regular season, the 49ers won the NFC West for the first time since , with the division-clinching game coming on a last-second touchdown pass to Terrell Owens against the Dallas Cowboys.
The 49ers finished 10—6. The Giants had a 38—14 lead late in the third quarter; however, the Giants defense, which had been highly ranked all year, began to collapse, and by the final minute in the 4th quarter Jeff Garcia had led the team back from the point deficit to take a 1-point lead. Giants quarterback Kerry Collins then led a drive in the game's final minute to put the Giants at the 49ers' yard line with six seconds left for a shot at a game-winning field goal.
Long snapper Trey Junkin , who had been signed by the Giants that week, made a bad snap, so holder Matt Allen attempted a desperate pass down the field, which fell incomplete, but there was a flag on the play. The initial thought by spectators and the Giants was that pass interference had clearly been committed by the 49ers defense, but the flag was against the Giants for an ineligible receiver, so the game was over.
The next day, the NFL admitted that the referee had blown the call, that the 49ers had indeed committed pass interference, and that the down should have been replayed.
A press conference was held and a reporter asked 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci about his thoughts on the NFL saying they blew the call, and he replied: This was the last postseason appearance for the 49ers until the —12 playoffs.
Steve Mariucci, whose published statements about his degree of power in the organization had frayed already-strained relations with management, was fired by John York, despite a winning record. Then- Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson was signed to a five-year contract to replace Mariucci. The hiring of Erickson was highly criticized by the fans and the media, as Erickson's offensive philosophy was very different from the West Coast offense.
The season was one of turmoil for the 49ers. While the Niners started the season with a 49—7 demolishing of Chicago, the team quickly began to unravel afterwards, as the relationship between Garcia and Owens turned sour upon Garcia taking issue with Owens's public praise for the play of backup quarterback Tim Rattay.
Garcia responded with a cryptic remark of "we cannot let the sickness spread"; in response, Owens wore a surgeon's mask at the following practice. The team was also ravaged by injuries to key players on both sides of the ball; the often reckless play of Jeff Garcia started to take a toll on him, as he was forced to miss 3 games during the season.
The 49ers finished 7—9 and missed the playoffs. Despite this disappointing result, Erickson was retained as coach for the season. Owens' on- and off-field antics led to the 49ers trading him to the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason.
Several other key 49er players were released due to salary cap concerns, including Garcia and Hearst. The team finished the season with a 2—14 record, tying a franchise worst and finishing last in the NFC West for the first time since , ending what had been the NFL's longest active streak for not finishing last in a division.
Dennis Erickson and general manager Terry Donahue were fired. After an extensive coaching search, the 49ers hired the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens Mike Nolan as their head coach. Nolan was the son of Dick Nolan , who had led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances from to The 49ers did not hire a general manager. It was a pick predicted by most, though many thought the 49ers might select local product Aaron Rodgers of the University of California.
Alex Smith's rookie season was a disaster, producing only one touchdown against eleven interceptions. The team finished 4th in the NFC West for the second consecutive year, with a 4—12 record. Alex Smith and the team improved greatly in , led by second year player Frank Gore from the University of Miami.
Gore ran for a franchise record of 1, rushing yards, which led the NFC, along with 8 touchdowns. He was awarded his first Pro Bowl appearance. They also swept division rival and defending NFC Champion, Seattle Seahawks , and kept the Denver Broncos from a playoff berth in the last game of the season. However, the team finished 7—9, their fourth consecutive losing season.
In the off-season, the 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis to improve their secondary. In the NFL Draft , the 49ers made another key addition to their defense, selecting middle linebacker Patrick Willis with the 11th overall pick. Before the beginning of the season, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh died of complications from leukemia. The 49ers started the season 2—0, for the first time since In the fourth game of the season, against the Seattle Seahawks , Alex Smith suffered a separated shoulder on the third play of the game, an injury that severely hampered his play and ultimately led to an early end to his campaign after having shoulder surgery.
Chiefly due to back up quarterback Trent Dilfer 's struggles and Alex Smith's injury, the 49ers lost eight straight consecutive games from week three through week twelve, ending the year with a disappointing 5—11 record.
Questions were raised about the future of Alex Smith, whose first three seasons had been plagued by inconsistent play, injuries, and never having had the same offensive coordinator from one year to the next.
O'Sullivan would run through the first two preseason games of O'Sullivan was named the 49ers starter because of his familiarity with the Martz offense and after performing better than Smith or Hill in the first three preseason games.
On October 20, , after a 2—5 start, Mike Nolan was fired. Assistant head coach Mike Singletary , a Hall of Fame linebacker with the Chicago Bears , was named as the interim head coach. Singletary proved to be a fan favorite when after his first game as head coach he delivered a memorable post game interview.
Singletary said of their loss: Our formula is this: We go out, we hit people in the mouth. After the last game of the season, Singletary was named permanent head coach by Jed York, who had been appointed as team president just days before.
The training camp became the first since that the 49ers failed to have all drafted rookies signed and in training camp on time, as Crabtree held out trying to reach a contract. He finally reached a contract agreement on October 7, , having missed the first four games of the regular season. The 49ers posted an 8—8 record after a frustrating season, losing only 2 games by more than a touchdown.
Nevertheless, it was the team's first non-losing season since Despite missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season, several key players showed signs of improvement. Alex Smith regained his role as the 49ers' starting quarterback after Shaun Hill had won the starting job in training camp , passing for more than 2, yards with 19 touchdowns, while Frank Gore collected his fourth consecutive 1,yard season, a 49ers record.
Safety Dashon Goldson showed signs of potential in his first year as full-time starter, as he tallied 94 tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two sacks.
Vernon Davis in particular had a breakthrough year at tight end, earning Pro Bowl honors with yards and 13 touchdowns tying the NFL record for his position. The season started with the 49ers heavy favorites to win the NFC West after Cardinals QB Kurt Warner retired early in the offseason, but the season was a disaster.
They started 0—5, their worst start since the dark days of In week 3, the 49ers fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye , who had been hand-picked by Singletary in the offseason. Starting safety Michael Lewis demanded to be released after he was demoted in favor of rookie safety Taylor Mays. By mid-season, Singletary was switching QBs between Alex Smith and Troy Smith , who had been picked up in free agency after the preseason, but with little effect.
On December 27, , the 49ers fired Mike Singletary as head coach, naming defensive line coach Jim Tomsula as interim head coach for the last game of the season, where despite crushing the Cardinals 38—7, they finished a sad and disappointing 6—10 and missed the playoffs yet again. Baalke had taken over the role after former general manager Scot McCloughan was relieved of his duties the year before. Two days later, on January 7, , former head coach of Stanford University Jim Harbaugh was named the 49ers new head coach.
The 49ers also selected quarterback Colin Kaepernick from the University of Nevada, Reno with the 36th overall pick in the second round. Despite this, Harbaugh's first season was a huge success. After 10 weeks the 49ers were 9—1, highlighted by road wins against the Philadelphia Eagles , where the team came back from a point deficit in the second half, and the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions.
The 49ers defense became one of the most intimidating in the league, particularly against the run — not allowing a yard rusher or a single rushing touchdown until week 16 of the regular season.
Alex Smith blossomed in the new system, reviving his career while playing for yet another new offensive coordinator — his sixth in six years. Louis Rams , finally ending their nine-year playoff drought. The 49ers finished the season with a 13—3 record, earning the second overall seed in the NFC Playoffs. They lost to the Giants with a 20—17 score in overtime after two critical fumbles by backup return man Kyle Williams , ending their season with disappointment but great promise. Starting the season 6—2, the 49ers went on to face the rival St.
Louis Rams in Week Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the second quarter and exited the game. He was replaced by second-round pick Colin Kaepernick , who led the 49ers back to tie the game. The next week, Kaepernick and the 49ers blew out the Chicago Bears 32—7, and Harbaugh chose Kaepernick as the starter next week against the New Orleans Saints , despite Smith being cleared to play. A quarterback controversy began. Kaepernick set the record for rushing yards for a quarterback in the playoffs with rushing yds against the Green Bay Packers.
The top performers were: Another storyline towards the end of the season was the reliability of kicker David Akers. The 49ers finished 12—4 in the regular season and enter the playoffs as a wildcard, with their first game at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.
On January 12, , the 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23—10, thus advancing to their third straight NFC championship game. Louis Rams , the collapse of a once-dominant offensive line, failing to reach the playoffs, Harbaugh and the 49ers decided to part ways on December 28, , after the season's final game, against the Arizona Cardinals , which the 49ers won 20— On November 8, , reports surfaced that the 49ers ended negotiations with the city of San Francisco about building a new stadium and plan to do so in Santa Clara , a suburb of San Jose, California ; Santa Clara already hosts the team's administrative headquarters and training facility.
The Yorks and then-San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom had been talking over the last few months about building a privately financed stadium at Candlestick Point that was intended to be part of the city's bid for the Summer Olympics. The 49ers' final decision to move the stadium ended the San Francisco bid for the Summer Olympics.
Olympic Committee's choice to bid on the games, with Chicago emerging as the eventual victor. The 49ers sponsored Measure J , which appeared on the June 8, Santa Clara ballot, to build a new stadium as the future home of the San Francisco 49ers in that city. The measure passed with This was seen as the first step for the 49ers stadium relocation to a new venue to be built in Santa Clara.
The 68,seat venue, Levi's Stadium , landed rights for its first event. The stadium will be home to the Fight Hunger Bowl. On the 49ers website, the team's owner, businessman John York had a letter stating that after a stadium is constructed in Santa Clara, the team would retain its name "San Francisco" even though the team would no longer be located within Metro San Francisco.
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and other leaders threatened an attempt to prevent the team from using "San Francisco" or the "49ers" in the team name, but probably would not have succeeded without changes to state or federal law. Because of the team moving to Santa Clara which is adjacent to San Jose, which is larger than San Francisco by , residents, and 30 miles from San Francisco , the 49ers now become the only current and possibly at any time team in any major or minor league sport in the U.
York later confirmed in a press conference on November 9, , that the team would build a new state of the art stadium in Santa Clara in time for the season. Groundbreaking for the new stadium took place on April 19, Jim Tomsula was hired on January 14, to replace Jim Harbaugh.
Subsequently, Geep Chryst was promoted to offensive coordinator and Eric Mangini was hired as defensive coordinator. On January 4, , the 49ers fired Tomsula after he led them to a 5—11 record. On January 14, , Chip Kelly was hired as head coach. In , 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a trend of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.
Intended to protest the treatment of minorities in the United States, the trend spread throughout the NFL and stirred political controversy. President Donald Trump spoke out against the protests a number of times, and Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a 49ers game in October upon seeing players kneel.
After hiring John Lynch as general manager and Kyle Shanahan as head coach, the 49ers started the season with nine consecutive losses. They won their next five games with Garoppolo at the helm and finished the season 6— This made him the highest paid player in NFL history on a per-year basis at the time.
The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, their first three under Bill Walsh. Walsh retired after winning his third in , but first year head coach George Seifert did not miss a beat, winning the Super Bowl in his first year in He would also win one more in The original 49ers logo was a mustached 49er gold miner from the California Gold Rush , dressed in plaid pants and a red shirt, jumping in midair with his hat falling off, and firing pistols in each hand: An alternate logo with a shield-shaped crest formed from the number "49", with a football in the upper right quadrant and "SF" in the lower left quadrant was created in and used for marketing purposes until From , the 49ers' logo has been the iconic "SF" within the center of a red oval; throughout the years the logo has had minor modifications, such as a black outlining on the intertwined "SF" that was added in and a gold trimming inside the oval that was added in The evolution of the 49ers' uniform, —present The San Francisco 49ers currently have two different uniforms: However, the 49ers have changed uniform designs and color combinations quite often throughout their history.
From the team's inception in , they wore dark or cardinal red, switching to scarlet red jerseys and gold pants for the season, with a gold helmet with one red stripe, with solid red socks and pants with no stripes.
Entering the season, the first in the NFL, the 49ers adopted three stripes to their red jerseys, wearing gold helmets and pants, with no stripes and red socks with three white stripes. In the , '54, and '55 seasons, the 49ers wore red helmets with a gold stripe in the middle, with silver pants with one single stripe of red. The socks also added the three stripes similar to the jersey's. The following season, , the team wore white helmets with no stripes, and white pants with a red stripe.
In the 49ers wore red jerseys, a gold helmet with no stripes, and gold pants with no stripes; for the first time the 49ers wore white on the road, as dictated by the NFL for all teams, to have at least one team wearing a light colored jersey during games. The first white jersey had two red stripes with a gold in the middle, as was their road socks: San Francisco wore red and gold in as well, with their white jersey having a single shoulder loop stripe, as well as adding TV numbers to the sleeves of their home and away jerseys.
And in contrast to the socks at home, red with three red stripes, the away socks were solid red. In the team switched to red and platinum gold looking more like silver , and for the next several years afterwards, with their white jerseys having double shoulder loop stripes mimicking UCLA's , but continuing with the three white stripes on the sleeves above the elbow and below the TV numbers, with the red home jerseys.
In , the team added "Northwestern" red stripes to their helmets a thicker middle stripe bordered by two thinner stripes , and that changed in , with the addition of the helmet design the team has mostly worn since: In the team's colors then changed again.
All silver elements were changed to what was called "49er Gold;" helmets were gold. New beige-gold pants with a red-white-red tri-stripe in the same style as the helmet were introduced. Uniform's basic design would be worn for practically the next 30 seasons with only some minor changes and adjustments, such as a gradual change over from sans-serif to serifed block numerals from to and a switch from thin stripes to a very thick pant striping in during which white jerseys were also worn at home for most of that season.
The uniform ensemble of red and white jerseys, and beige-gold pants with thick striping were worn until with a few minor changes. During the season, many NFL teams wore "throwback uniforms" on occasional games to celebrate the NFL's 75th anniversary a corresponding diamond-shaped 75th Anniversary patch was also worn by all teams. The 49ers chose to wear a version of their uniforms as their throwbacks, with simpler sans-serif block numerals that were outlined and shadowed in black with White pants with thinner red-black-red striping were also worn, along with the old striped red socks.
The regular —95 design gold helmet was worn with this uniform, as there was no logo on the helmet. In , the 49ers celebrated their 49th anniversary by designing a commemorative jersey patch based on the earlier shield-crest logo.
The team also debuted a substantially new uniform design, most notably changing the shade of red used in their jerseys from bright scarlet to a deeper, cardinal red a black dropshadow effect along with gold trim was added to the jersey numerals which remained in the blocked serif style. As in , the Niners donned white pants full-time for the season also wearing them for the season and preseason, though this time the pant stripes were marginally thicker and the colors were reversed to black-cardinal red-black matching the striping on the helmets.
For the regular season opener, the team switched back to gold pants,with a more metallic gold rather than the previous beige-matte gold of the past. The striping along the side of the pants remained black-cardinal red-black, though a thin gold trimming was added, along with further oval "SF" logos placed on both sides of the hip. The helmet and jersey design with the gold pants was worn as the team's regular uniforms until the end of the season. The 49ers once again changed uniforms in , which are very similar to the classic design, albeit with several significant changes.
The sleeve stripes are now set at an angle to accommodate the even shorter sleeves of modern jerseys, though the stripes appear straight and parallel to the ground when worn by the players themselves. On April 30, at their NFL Draft rally, the team unveiled their first ever alternate uniform as opposed to a throwback design.
The uniform consists of black jerseys and pants with red numerals and striping. Nike logos are in gold, while the standard solid red socks will be worn. These uniforms will be worn a maximum of two games a year, per league rules. The 49ers official cheerleading squad is called the Gold Rush. The 49ers official mascot is Sourdough Sam. He wears jersey number The San Francisco 49ers have three rivals within their division: They also have rivalries with other teams that arose from post-season games in the past, most notably the Dallas Cowboys , New York Giants , and Green Bay Packers.
They also have an intense crosstown rivalry with the Oakland Raiders and share an intrastate rivalry with the Los Angeles Chargers the two teams have played each other nearly every preseason, and every four years in the regular season, and also met in Super Bowl XXIX. It doesn't matter if they no longer play in Los Angeles. If the Rams played their home games on Mars , it would still be a rivalry. They have only met once in a playoff game, when the 49ers beat the Rams 30—3 in The Seattle Seahawks have become a new rival of the 49ers, following the NFL's realignment in that put both teams in the same division Seattle had been a brief former rival during their inaugural season, when the team was in the old pre-realignment NFC West.
Prior to , the teams played each other almost every season during the pre-season, but only every three years during the regular season when the AFC West and NFC West teams faced each other.
So far, their rivalry has not been as intense as other division foes because for the most part both teams have not been good at the same time. In the middle to late part of the decade, the Seahawks lost the division and their favorable record against the 49ers reflected this. However, games at CenturyLink Field , one of the toughest stadiums to play at as a visiting team, have still been difficult to win.
The 49ers have a 3—7 record all-time at that stadium, with their largest margin of victory there being ten points, and failed to score a touchdown in four of those losses. The rivalry has intensified after the 49ers hired Jim Harbaugh out of Stanford in , as he and Seahawks and former USC head coach Pete Carroll had an intense rivalry in college.
Seattle leads the all-time series 20—15 after winning both regular season games in and taking a week 7 win at Levi's Stadium in The Arizona Cardinals are a recent growing rival of the 49ers. Unlike most rivalries of this team, the Arizona Cardinals are in the same division as the 49ers since , when the Cardinals transferred from the NFC East.
Recently, there has been much bad blood between these two teams' players; an example of this is a Twitter "battle" between Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals and Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers.
The clash of words between players of both teams, added with the decline of the other major rivalries of the 49ers, either from the rarity of meeting the rival teams 49ers rarely meet the Cowboys or the move to different cities Los Angeles Rams moving to St.
Louis , has led to the rivalry between the 49ers and the Cardinals becoming heated and intense. The 49ers currently hold the edge over the Cardinals all-time by 28— The Oakland Raiders are the 49ers' geographic rivals. As a result, games between the two are referred to as the "Battle of the Bay.
After the merger, the 49ers won in Oakland 38—7. Since the two teams play in different conferences, regular season matchups are at least every four years. Fans and players of the winning team can claim "bragging rights" as the better team in the area. The Raiders currently lead the all-time regular season series with 7 wins to the 49ers' 6.
Oakland won the latest matchup 24—13 on December 7 in Week 14 of the regular season. On August 20, , in the third week of the pre-season, the pre-season game between the rivals was marked by fights in restrooms and stands at Candlestick Park including a shooting outside the stadium in which several were injured.
The NFL has decided to cancel all future pre-season games between the Raiders and 49ers. The year club is a shrine that honors members of the San Francisco 49ers who played 10 or more seasons with the organization, and was started by Bill Walsh  to recognize players that have shown longevity, success and consistency.
Each member is shown in a black-and-white photo on a scarlet and gold plaque with their name under the photo and the years in which they played. A plaque placed in the center of the photos of club members reads:. Passing yards regular season as of the season . Rushing yards regular season as of the season . Receiving yards regular season as of the season . The 49ers' flagship radio stations are KSAN All three stations are owned by Cumulus Media.
Joe Starkey , best known as the voice of the University of California and The Play , was previously the color commentator on the broadcasts next to legendary announcer Lon Simmons in and and took over as lead commentator in For a brief period in the late s and early s Don Kline , the Voice of Stanford did the 49ers' games.
Ted Robinson replaced Starkey and teamed up with Plummer for the and seasons. Plummer was relieved of his color commentating duties for the season and replaced by former teammate Eric Davis. The 49ers are a beneficiary of league scheduling policies.
In addition, they cannot play interconference home games at the same time or network as the Raiders. As a result, both teams generally have more limited scheduling options, and also benefit by receiving more prime time games than usual click here for further information. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See templates for discussion to help reach a consensus. History of the San Francisco 49ers. Logos and uniforms of the San Francisco 49ers.
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January Learn how and when to remove this template message. List of San Francisco 49ers seasons. List of San Francisco 49ers players and Category: San Francisco 49ers players. San Francisco 49ers roster view talk edit. San Francisco 49ers staff v t e. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Joe Montana 35, 2. John Brodie 31, 3. Steve Young 29, 4. Jeff Garcia 16, 5. Alex Smith 14, 7. Colin Kaepernick 12, 8. Frankie Albert 10, 9. Steve DeBerg 7, Tim Rattay 3, Shaun Hill 3, Jim Plunkett 3, Elvis Grbac 3, Blaine Gabbert 2, Steve Bono 2, Ken Dorsey 1, George Mira 1, Norm Snead 1, Tom Owen 1, Jimmy Garoppolo 1, Jeff Kemp 1, Brian Hoyer 1, Lamar McHan 1, Troy Smith 1, Trent Dilfer 1, Scott Bull Frank Gore 11, 2.
Joe Perry 8, 3. Roger Craig 7, 4. Ken Willard 5, 5. Garrison Hearst 5, 6. Hugh McElhenny 4, 8. Kevan Barlow 3, 9. Steve Young 3, Wendell Tyler 3, Delvin Williams 2, Wilbur Jackson 2, Ricky Watters 2, Carlos Hyde 2, Charlie Garner 2, Colin Kaepernick 2, Tom Rathman 1, Norm Standlee 1, Paul Hofer 1, Larry Schreiber 1, Joe Montana 1, Jeff Garcia 1, Doug Cunningham 1, John David Crow 1, Gary Lewis 1, Frankie Albert 1, Terry Kirby 1, Jerry Rice 19, 2.
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