1952 San Francisco 49ers season

1952 San Francisco 49ers season

1952 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Buck Shaw
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 7-5-0
Division place 3rd National Football Conference
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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The 1952 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's third season in the NFL, and were coming off a 7-4-1 record in 1951.

The 49ers would start off the season strong, winning their first 5 games, winning every game by at least 2 touchdowns, and had visions of playing in their first ever NFL Championship game. However, the 49ers season would hit a roadblock, as the team would lose 5 of their final 7 games to finish the year at 7-5-0, and in 3rd place in the NFC.

Y.A. Tittle would emerge as the starting quarterback job, as he would have a completion rate of 51.0% along with 11 TD's and 1407 yards. Frankie Albert also had some action, completing 55.0% of his passes, along with 8 TD's and 964 yards.

Joe Perry would rush for a team high 725 yards and 8 TD's, while Hugh McElhenny wouldn't be too far behind with 684 yards on only 98 attempts (7.0 yards/carry), along with 6 rushing TD's, while he caught 26 passes for 367 yards and earned another 3 TD's. Gordie Soltau would lead the club with 55 receptions for 774 yards, and 7 TD's.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
9 San Francisco 49ers Hugh McElhenny [1] Halfback Washington

Regular season

Schedule

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 28 Detroit Lions 3-17 San Francisco 49ers 1-0-0 52,750
2 October 4 San Francisco 49ers 37-14 Dallas Texans 2-0-0 12,566
3 October 12 San Francisco 49ers 28-0 Detroit Lions 3-0-0 42,842
4 October 19 San Francisco 49ers 40-16 Chicago Bears 4-0-0 46,338
5 October 26 Dallas Texans 21-48 San Francisco 49ers 5-0-0 26,887
6 November 2 Chicago Bears 20-17 San Francisco 49ers 5-1-0 58,255
7 November 9 San Francisco 49ers 14-23 New York Giants 5-2-0 54,230
8 November 16 San Francisco 49ers 23-17 Washington Redskins 6-2-0 30,863
9 November 23 San Francisco 49ers 9-35 Los Angeles Rams 6-3-0 64,450
10 November 30 Los Angeles Rams 34-21 San Francisco 49ers 6-4-0 49,420
11 December 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7 San Francisco 49ers 6-5-0 13,886
12 December 14 Green Bay Packers 14-24 San Francisco 49ers 7-5-0 17,579

Standings

National Football Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 12 9 3 0 .750 344 192
Los Angeles Rams 12 9 3 0 .750 349 234
San Francisco 49ers 12 7 5 0 .583 285 221
Green Bay Packers 12 6 6 0 .500 295 312
Chicago Bears 12 5 7 0 .417 245 326
Dallas Texans 12 1 11 0 .083 182 427
[2]

Pro Bowl

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Hardy Brown Linebacker
Ed Henke Defensive Line
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordie Soltau Wide Receiver

References

  • SHRP Sports
  • Pro Football Reference