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1980 San Francisco 49ers season

1980 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Bill Walsh
Home field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1980 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 31st in the National Football League. This was both Bill Walsh's and Joe Montana's second season with the team. The 49ers looked to improve on their previous output of 2–14 (which they had earned in both of the two previous seasons). They failed to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, but they did improve to 6–10.[1]

On December 7, 1980, the 49ers staged the greatest come from behind victory in the history of the NFL's regular season. The 49ers rallied from 28 points down to defeat the New Orleans Saints by a score of 38–35 in Week Fourteen.[2][3]

Personnel

Staff

1980 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bill Walsh

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Milt Jackson

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Vermeil

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at New Orleans Saints W 26–23
58,621
2 September 14, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals W 24–21
49,999
3 September 21, 1980 at New York Jets W 37–27
50,608
4 September 28, 1980 Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
56,518
5 October 5, 1980 at Los Angeles Rams L 48–26
62,188
6 October 12, 1980 at Dallas Cowboys L 59–14
63,399
7 October 19, 1980 Los Angeles Rams L 31–17
55,360
8 October 26, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–23
51,925
9 November 2, 1980 at Detroit Lions L 17–13
78,845
10 November 9, 1980 at Green Bay Packers L 23–16
54,475
11 November 16, 1980 at Miami Dolphins L 17–13
45,135
12 November 23, 1980 New York Giants W 12–0
38,574
13 November 30, 1980 New England Patriots W 21–17
45,254
14 December 7, 1980 New Orleans Saints W 38–35
37,949
15 December 14, 1980 at Atlanta Falcons L 35–10
55,767
16 December 21, 1980 Buffalo Bills L 18–13
37,476

Game summaries

Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints

1 2 34OTTotal
Saints 14 21 00035
49ers 0 7 1414338

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

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First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • NO – Jack Holmes 1-yard run (Benny Ricardo kick) – Saints 21–0
  • SF – Freddie Solomon 57-yard punt return (Ray Wersching kick) – Saints 21–7
  • NO – Jack Holmes 1-yard run (Benny Ricardo kick) – Saints 28–7
  • NO – Ike Harris 41-yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick) – Saints 35–7
Third Quarter
  • SF – Joe Montana 1-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) – Saints 35–14
  • SF – Dwight Clark 71-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) – Saints 35–21
Fourth Quarter
  • SF – Freddie Solomon 14-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) – Saints 35–28
  • SF – Lenvil Elliott 7-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) – Tie 35–35
Overtime
  • SF – Ray Wersching 36-yard field goal – 49ers 38–35
Saints
  • Archie Manning
    24/38, 377 Yds, 3 TD, INT
  • Tony Galbreath
    16 Rush, 86 Yds
  • Henry Childs
    8 Rec, 144 Yds, TD
49ers
  • Joe Montana
    24/36, 285 Yds, 2 TD
  • Lenvil Elliott
    25 Rush, 125 Yds, TD
  • Dwight Clark
    6 Rec, 155 Yds, TD

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Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons(1) 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 405 272 L1
Los Angeles Rams(5) 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 424 289 W2
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 320 415 L2
New Orleans Saints 1 15 0 .063 0–6 0–12 291 487 L1

References

  1. ^ 1980 San Francisco 49ers
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 260
  3. ^ New Orleans Saints 35 at San Francisco 49ers 38
  4. ^ "Top 10 greatest comebacks in NFL history". National Football League. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-03.