1983 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1983 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 34th year with the National Football League. The team attempted to improve on its 3-6 record from 1982. The 49ers would start the season with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 22-17. However, the 49ers would continue to impress, as they throttled the Vikings the next week 48-17 and then the Cardinals the following week 42-27. They would end the first half of the season 6-2 before splitting their last eight games to finish the season 10-6 and clinching the NFC West. In the playoffs, the 49ers would come back to beat the Lions 24-23 after Joe Montana found Freddie Solomon in the end zone with 1:23 remaining. However, in the NFC Championship game, they were not able to outlast the top-seeded Redskins, as they lost 24-21 after Washington took the lead on a field goal.

1983 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coachBill Walsh
Home fieldCandlestick Park
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Lions) 24–23
Lost NFC Championship (at Redskins) 21–24

Offseason

NFL Draft

1983 San Francisco 49ers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 5 Traded to the Chargers
22 Traded to the Chargers
2 49 Roger Craig Runningback Nebraska
3 59 Blanchard Montgomery Linebacker UCLA
4 90 Tom Holmoe Defensive Back BYU
5 117 Riki Ellison Linebacker USC
7 175 Gary Moten Linebacker SMU
9 229 Mike Mularkey Tight End Florida
10 259 Jeff Merrell Defensive tackle Nebraska
11 289 Jesse Sapolu Center Hawaii

Personnel

Staff

1983 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bill Walsh

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Fred von Appen

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster

1983 San Francisco 49ers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1983 (Sat) Philadelphia Eagles L 17–22
55,775
2 September 8, 1983 (Thu) at Minnesota Vikings W 48–17
58,167
3 September 18, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals W 42–27
38,132
4 September 25, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 24–20
57,814
5 October 2, 1983 at New England Patriots W 33–13
54,293
6 October 9, 1983 Los Angeles Rams L 7–10
59,118
7 October 16, 1983 at New Orleans Saints W 32–13
68,154
8 October 23, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams W 45–35
66,070
9 October 30, 1983 New York Jets L 13–27
54,796
10 November 6, 1983 Miami Dolphins L 17–20
57,832
11 November 13, 1983 New Orleans Saints W 27–0
40,022
12 November 20, 1983 at Atlanta Falcons L 24–28
39,782
13 November 27, 1983 at Chicago Bears L 3–13
40,483
14 December 4, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 35–21
49,773
15 December 11, 1983 at Buffalo Bills W 23–10
38,039
16 December 19, 1983 (Mon) Dallas Cowboys W 42–17
59,957

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
• 49ers 13 2807 48
Vikings 7 370 17

[1]

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(2) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 432 293 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 361 344 W1
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 319 337 L1
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 370 389 W1

Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoff

Quarterback Joe Montana hits Freddie Solomon with a 14-yard touchdown pass with 1:23 left in the game as the 49ers hold off the Lions 24-23. Lions kicker Eddie Murray misses a 43-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in the game, one of two misses by him in the 4th quarter. Five interceptions of Lions Quarterback Gary Danielson played a major role in the 49ers win.

NFC Championship Game

The 49ers overcome a 21-point 4th quarter deficit to tie the game. But two controversial calls against the 49ers set up a 25-yard field by Mark Moseley with 40 seconds remaining. Joe Montana was then intercepted on the last play of the game to seal the win for Washington.

Awards and records

  • Ray Wersching, Franchise Record, Most Field Goals in One Game, 6 Field Goals (October 16, 1983)[2]

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Sep-20.
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 142

External links

Scoring summary
Q1SFWersching 38 yard field goalSF 3–0
Q1SFClark 21 yard pass from Montana (Wersching kick)SF 10–0
Q1MINBrown 1 yard run (Ricardo kick)SF 10–7
Q1SFWersching 32 yard field goalSF 13–7
Q2SFCooper 2 yard pass from Montana (Wersching kick)SF 20–7
Q2SFWright 60 yard interception return (Wersching kick)SF 27–7
Q2SFSolomon 14 yard pass from Montana (Wersching kick)SF 34–7
Q2SFTyler 6 yard pass from Montana (Wersching kick)SF 41–7
Q2MINRicardo 32 yard field goalSF 41–10
Q3MINLeCount 30 yard pass from Kramer (Ricardo kick)SF 41–17
Q4SFCraig 1 yard run (Wersching kick)SF 48–17
Game information
  • Scoring
    • DET – field goal Murray 37 DET 3–0
    • SF – Craig 1 run (Wersching kick) SF 7–3
    • SF – Tyler 2 run (Wersching kick) SF 14–3
    • DET – field goal Murray 21 SF 14–6
    • DET – field goal Murray 54 SF 14–9
    • SF – field goal Wersching 19 SF 17–9
    • DET – Sims 11 run (Murray kick) SF 17–16
    • DET – Sims 3 run (Murray kick) DET 23–17
    • SF – Solomon 14 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) SF 24–23
Game information
  • Scoring
    • WAS – Riggins 4 run (Moseley kick) WAS 7–0
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 14–0
    • WAS – Brown 70 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) WAS 21–0
    • SF – Wilson 5 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) WAS 21–7
    • SF – Solomon 76 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) WAS 21–14
    • SF – Wilson 12 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) 21–21
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 25 WAS 24–21
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