Fun Facts, Trivia and More About the San Francisco 49ers by Al Hartman
For Al Hartman, the San Francisco 49ers is the best team in the NFL. And he’s not just saying that because he grew up in San Francisco, or because his love for Bay Area sports was strongly influenced by his father. Like all sports fans, the team Al is rooting for is always the best team, regardless of their performances (although Al Hartman admits that winning the Super Bowl wouldn’t hurt). And so, Al dedicates this page to the “best football franchise in the history of the NFL,” the San Francisco 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers: A Brief Look into the Past by Al Hartman
The San Francisco 49ers was established in 1946 as part of the original members of the All-American Football Conference, where they had a three-year run. In 1950, they joined the National Football League (NFL), of which they are still a member of to this day.
Although they have been in the professional league for a few years since their founding, it wasn’t until 1957 when they truly emerged as a winning team. It was during the 1957 season when they won three consecutive games in a row; against the Los Angeles Rams, the Chicago Bears, and the Green Bay Packers.
The game against the Chicago Bears was the most memorable for both the team and their fans, shares Al Hartman. During the first half of the game, the 49ers were behind the Bears, 17 to 7. Midway through the game, team owner and founder Tony Morabito collapsed from an apparent heart attack, from which he died shortly after. When the team learned about it, they vowed to win the game for their beloved owner. And according to personal accounts of witnesses and the players themselves, they played with broken hearts and tears streaming down their cheeks.
The team, according to Al Hartman, won the game for their departed owner, scoring 21-17.
The San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowl championships (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX), and six NFC Conference championships (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994, and 2012). They have also made a total of 26 playoff appearances; one in 1949 as a member of the All-American Football Conference, and 25 as a member of the NFL; the first one in 1957 and the last one (so far) in 2013.
Based on records publicized by the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers has set several records in professional football history. These include the following:
- Most Consecutive Road Games Won – 19
- Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League Scoring – 4 (1992-1995)
- Most Points Overcome to Win Regular Season Game- 28 (in a game against the New Orleans Saints in 1980 where the 49ers trailed behind by 28 points, 7-35 and where they eventually won on OT 38-35)
- Largest Halftime Deficit Overcome to Win Game – 28 (for the same 1980 game against the New Orleans Saints)
- Most Consecutive Games Scoring – 420 (from Week Five of the year 1977 up to Week Two of the year 2004)
These, according to Al Hartman, are not even close to all that the team has achieved. Al Hartman deems that the 49ers’ records and achievements merit another full post so kindly stay tuned for that!