Fresh from their trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers lost cornerback Deion Sanders to Dallas and running back Ricky Watters to Philadelphia. Despite a mediocre 5–4 start, the 49ers went 11–5 and for the fourth straight time, they repeated as NFC West champions. The 49ers finished the season as the league's top scoring offense, averaging 28.6 points per game. They also finished number one in total defense, surrendering just 275 yards per game, along with being the top rushing defense and finishing second in points allowed. However, a stunning 27–17 loss to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Game stripped the 49ers of their title defense. This would be the first of three consecutive seasons that the Packers ended the 49ers' season.
Jerry Rice had his best season, catching a career-high 122 receptions along with 1,848 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns.
It was also the final season the 49ers wore their Super Bowl era uniforms.
|1995 San Francisco 49ers season|
|Head coach||George Seifert|
|Home field||3Com Park|
|Division place||1st NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 17–27|
|1995 San Francisco 49ers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1995 San Francisco 49ers roster|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||TV Time (PST)||Attendance|
|1||September 3, 1995||at New Orleans Saints||W 24–22||FOX 10:00am|
|2||September 10, 1995||Atlanta Falcons||W 41–10||FOX 1:15pm|
|3||September 17, 1995||New England Patriots||W 28–3||NBC 1:15pm|
|4||September 25, 1995 (Mon)||at Detroit Lions||L 24–27||ABC 6:00pm|
|5||October 1, 1995||New York Giants||W 20–6||FOX 1:15pm|
|7||October 15, 1995||at Indianapolis Colts||L 17–18||FOX 10:00am|
|8||October 22, 1995||at St. Louis Rams||W 44–10||FOX 10:00am|
|9||October 29, 1995||New Orleans Saints||L 7–11||FOX 1:15pm|
|10||November 5, 1995||Carolina Panthers||L 7–13||FOX 1:15pm|
|11||November 12, 1995||at Dallas Cowboys||W 38–20||FOX 1:15pm|
|12||November 20, 1995 (Mon)||at Miami Dolphins||W 44–20||ABC 6:00pm|
|13||November 26, 1995||St. Louis Rams||W 41–13||FOX 1:15pm|
|14||December 3, 1995||Buffalo Bills||W 27–17||ESPN 5:00pm|
|15||December 10, 1995||at Carolina Panthers||W 31–10||FOX 10:00am|
|16||December 18, 1995 (Mon)||Minnesota Vikings||W 37–30||ABC 6:00pm|
|17||December 24, 1995||at Atlanta Falcons||L 27–28||FOX 10:00am|
In one of the biggest upsets of the year, the injury-depleted 49ers thrashed the Cowboys 38–20. Coming into this game, the Cowboys were the NFL's best team, with an 8–1 record. The 49ers, on the other hand, were sitting at 5–4 coming off two disappointing losses, in which they scored a combined 14 points. Steve Young was out with an injury and Elvis Grbac was the 49ers' starting quarterback, but he had consistently struggled to move the offense and put points on the board. As a result, the Cowboys were heavy favorites to win this game (14-point favorites).
On just the second play of the game, Grbac hit Jerry Rice for an 81-yard touchdown, putting the 49ers up 7–0. On the ensuing possession, Michael Irvin fumbled the ball and it was picked up by Merton Hanks for a 38-yard touchdown, putting the 49ers up by two touchdowns just 1 minute and 24 seconds into the game. On the Cowboys' ensuing drive, they again turned it over (Troy Aikman interception) that resulted in a 49ers field goal. The 49ers led 17–0 just 4 minutes and 58 seconds into the game. By halftime, the 49ers had an astonishing 31–7 lead and held on for the win, upsetting the red-hot Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys turned the ball over four times in the game, while the 49ers had no turnovers.
|(2) San Francisco 49ers||11||5||0||.688||457||258||L1|
|(6) Atlanta Falcons||9||7||0||.563||362||349||W1|
|St. Louis Rams||7||9||0||.438||309||418||L3|
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||0||.438||319||348||W1|
The 49ers, who were almost 10-point favorites in the game, were upset by the visiting Green Bay Packers. Green Bay set the tone early with a Craig Newsome 31-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and never looked back. Even though Steve Young had more pass attempts, completions and passing yards than his counter Brett Favre, he failed to throw a touchdown and finished with 2 interceptions. The 49ers had 4 turnovers in the game. This was the final game for 49ers wide receiver John Taylor.
|Division championships (19)|
|Conference championships (6)|
|League championships (5)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
All-America Football Conference (1946–1949)
Championship seasons in bold