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1978 San Francisco 49ers (NFL) 4th place National Football Conference Western Division 2-14-0 .125
Head Coach: Pete McCulley (1-8); Fred O'Connor (1-6)
Defensive BacksJimmy Carr
Special TeamsFrank Gansz
Defensive LineEarl Leggett
Offensive CoordinatorFred O'Connor
Defensive CoordinatorDan Radakovich
Special TeamsFloyd Reese
ReceiversLes Steckel
?Mike White
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978ADallas Cowboys24-41LIrving, TXTexas Stadium63736
Sat8/12/1978HSeattle Seahawks6-20LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park36069
Sun8/20/1978HOakland Raiders14-31LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park58658
Fri8/25/1978ADenver Broncos24-13WDenver, COMile High Stadium73559
Sun9/3/1978ACleveland Browns7-24LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium68973
Sun9/10/1978HChicago Bears13-16LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park49502
Sun9/17/1978AHouston Oilers19-20LHouston, TXAstrodome46161
Sun9/24/1978ANew York Giants10-27LEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium71536
Sun10/1/1978HCincinnati Bengals28-12WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park41107
Sun10/8/1978ALos Angeles Rams10-27LLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum59337
Sun10/15/1978HNew Orleans Saints7-14LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park37671
Sun10/22/1978HAtlanta Falcons17-20LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park34133
Sun10/29/1978AWashington Redskins20-38LWashington, DCRFK Stadium55031
Sun11/5/1978AAtlanta Falcons10-21LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium55468
Sun11/12/1978HSt. Louis Cardinals10-16LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park33155
Sun11/19/1978HLos Angeles Rams28-31LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park45022
Mon11/27/1978HPittsburgh Steelers7-24LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park51657
Sun12/3/1978ANew Orleans Saints13-24LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome50068
Sun12/10/1978HTampa Bay Buccaneers6-3WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park30931
Sun12/17/1978ADetroit Lions14-33LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome56674
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
68John AyersLOT-LOG-ROG6'526025Texas; West Texas A&M1614
52/41Mike BaldassinLB6'121823Washington160
84Elmo BoydWR6'018824Eastern Kentucky97
82Lon BoyettTE6'624025Northridge State30
33Greg BoykinFB6'022525Northwestern168
54Ed BradleyRLB6'223928Wake Forest1615
19Scott BullQB6'521225Arkansas165
57Dan BunzMLB6'422523UC Riverside; Long Beach State1616
31Earl CarrRB6'022423Florida140
10Mike ConnellP6'120022Cincinnati160
24Chuck CristSS-FS6'220527Penn State1515
51Randy CrossC6'326524UCLA99
64Kyle DavisC6'424026Oklahoma70
17Steve DeBergQB6'321024Fullerton JC; San Jose State1211
62Walt DowningROG6'327022Michigan1614
72Cleveland ElamLDE-RDT6'425126Tennessee State125
55Bruce EliaRLB6'122025Ohio State161
71Keith FahnhorstROT6'627326Minnesota1515
38Bobby FerrellFB6'021926UCLA168
75Ed GaligherRDT6'524728Chabot JC; UCLA1515
86Cedrick HardmanRDE6'325530North Texas1616
50Joe HarrisLLB6'122726Georgia Tech1616
83Kenny HarrisonWR6'017025Southern Methodist86
36Paul HoferRB-FB6'019526Mississippi166
65Ernie HughesLOG6'325023Notre Dame1511
87/21Larry JonesWR5'1017427Truman State90
26Bob JurySS-FS6'118823Pittsburgh157
60Steve KnutsonROT-C6'325427East Los Angeles JC; Southern California151
80Terry LeCountWR5'1017622Florida33
42Tony LeonardLCB5'1116925Virginia Union1210
22Eddie LewisRCB6'017525Kansas1616
81Ken MacAfeeTE6'424522Notre Dame1313
76Willie McCrayDT-DE6'523425Alabama; Troy160
25Wonderful MondsSS6'321526Indian Hills JC; Nebraska160
53Dean MooreLB6'221023Iowa160
58Mark NicholsLB6'322522Golden West JC; Colorado State150
42Ricky OdomLCB6'018322Southern California32
56Fred QuillanC6'526622Oregon147
78Archie ReeseLDE-DT6'326222Clemson1613
49Vern RobersonFS-LCB6'219526Grambling State1613
85Paul SealTE6'422326Michigan144
84Mike ShumannWR6'017423Florida State61
32O.J. SimpsonRB6'121031San Francisco CC; Southern California1010
67Ron SingletonLOT-LOG6'724526Grambling State149
88Freddie SolomonWR-QB5'1118525Tampa1614
87Jack SteptoeWR6'117522Los Angeles Valley JC; Utah60
23Bruce ThreadgillS6'019022Mississippi State140
35Elliott WalkerRB5'1119322Pittsburgh90
74Jimmy WebbLDT6'524526Mississippi State1616
14Ray WerschingK5'1121528Cerritos JC; California160
30Dave WilliamsRB6'220024Colorado160
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Ken MacAfee17TENotre Dame
Dan Bunz124LBLong Beach Statefrom MIA
Walt Downing247GMichigan
Ernie Hughes379GNotre Damefrom BAL
Terry LeCount491WRFlorida
Archie Reese5127DTClemsonfrom KC/CHIB
Bruce Threadgill5133DBMississippi Statefrom MIA
Elliott Walker6148RBPittsburgh
Fred Quillan7175COregon
Herman Redden9229DBHoward
Dean Moore9233LBIowafrom DET
Steve McDaniels9249TNotre Damefrom DEN
Mike Connell10260PCincinnati
Willie McCray11287DETroy
Dan Irons12314TTexas Tech
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals47633079
Opponents Totals711157886
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals257117106349126434.5115930
Opponents Totals298128133378824336.21541301
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Ray Wersching0242596.0152365.2069
Paul Hofer70000042
O.J. Simpson30000018
Freddie Solomon30000018
Greg Boykin20000012
Paul Seal20000012
Elmo Boyd1000006
Scott Bull1000006
Steve DeBerg1000006
Bobby Ferrell1000006
Tony Leonard1000006
Ken MacAfee1000006
Jack Steptoe1000006
Dave Williams1000006
Team Totals25242596.0152365.20219
Opponents Totals40394097.5233860.51350
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Ray Wersching152365.22/25/54/104/50/1
Team Totals152365.22/25/54/104/50/1
Opponents Totals233860.52/7/6/6/2/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
O.J. Simpson1615933.7341
Bobby Ferrell1254713.8201
Paul Hofer1214653.8407
Greg Boykin1023613.5232
Scott Bull291003.45t1
Freddie Solomon14705.0171
Steve DeBerg15201.371
Dave Williams15181.260
Earl Carr122.020
Bruce Elia100.000
Larry Jones1-9-9.0-90
Team Totals58520913.64014
Opponents Totals64923653.63917
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Steve DeBerg30213745.414315705.211.558t82.6227.317156141440.0
Freddie Solomon10550.04858.517.03000.0110.03345139.6
Scott Bull1214839.7626515.413.64810.8119.12216049122.4
Bruce Threadgill200.0000.000.02100.00000.0
Team Totals43519043.720923065.312.158t92.1368.342350195633.0
Opponents Totals41321953.017629487.113.571204.8184.435289265974.0
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Freddie Solomon3145814.858t2
Ken MacAfee222059.3221
Paul Seal2137017.641t2
O.J. Simpson211728.2192
Greg Boykin191125.9220
Kenny Harrison1632020.0500
Bobby Ferrell161237.7140
Paul Hofer1217014.2460
Terry LeCount1013113.1300
Dave Williams10636.3130
Elmo Boyd911512.8321
Jack Steptoe24623.035t1
Larry Jones12121.0210
Team Totals190230612.158t9
Opponents Totals219294813.57120
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Chuck Crist615926.5320
Tony Leonard44411.030t1
Eddie Lewis3175.7110
Ricky Odom2199.5190
Vern Roberson13131.0310
Dan Bunz11313.0130
Mark Nichols100.000
Team Totals1828315.7321
Opponents Totals3660816.9641
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Mike Connell96358337.3591815356306731.6
Team Totals97358336.9591815356306731.6
Opponents Totals87349740.26201317323291433.5
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Jack Steptoe11012911.7280
Larry Jones101868.6520
Freddie Solomon95353.9110
Mike Shumann81405.0360
Tony Leonard85263.3140
Vern Roberson1077.070
Team Totals47123236.9520
Opponents Totals46163567.7440
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Dave Williams3474521.989t1
Paul Hofer1838621.4400
Terry LeCount59118.2230
Ernie Hughes45313.3170
Mark Nichols33913.0200
Greg Boykin33712.3250
Elliott Walker22512.5230
Walt Downing2136.5130
Bobby Ferrell12424.0240
Fred Quillan188.080
Team Totals73142119.589t1
Opponents Totals4792819.7360
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
John Ayers0010100
Elmo Boyd100000
Greg Boykin300000
Ed Bradley0001100
Scott Bull6404-80
Dan Bunz0003390
Mike Connell0010100
Chuck Crist101100
Randy Cross100000
Steve DeBerg9202-50
Walt Downing110100
Bruce Elia1000-150
Keith Fahnhorst0010100
Bobby Ferrell500000
Ed Galigher0003300
Cedrick Hardman00011130
Joe Harris0003360
Paul Hofer422430
Larry Jones100000
Bob Jury0003300
Tony Leonard102200
Eddie Lewis00101240
Ken MacAfee0010100
Willie McCray0001100
Dean Moore0010100
Archie Reese0004440
Vern Roberson0002200
Mike Shumann200000
O.J. Simpson510100
Freddie Solomon5404-20
Jack Steptoe300000
Elliott Walker110100
Jimmy Webb0001100
Dave Williams630300
Team Totals5632242751290
Opponents Totals50272227491
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