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1978 San Francisco 49ers season


1978 San Francisco 49ers season

1978 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Pete McCulley
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 2–14
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1978 San Francisco 49ers season was their 29th season in the National Football League. The team began the season hoping to improve upon their previous output of 5-9. Instead, the team started the season 0-4 for the second straight year. The team also suffered a nine game losing streak.[1]

During the off-season, the 49ers acquired running back O.J. Simpson from Buffalo. Although Simpson had been one of the best backs in the league over the previous decade, he was in poor physical condition and had recently undergone knee surgery. As a result, his playing ability was limited.

The 49ers finished with the worst record in the league and scored only 219 points[2] the fewest in the league in 1978. The team set an NFL record with 63 turnovers.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Cleveland Browns L 24-7
2 September 10, 1978 Chicago Bears L 16-13
3 September 17, 1978 at Houston Oilers L 20-19
4 September 24, 1978 at New York Giants L 27-10
5 October 1, 1978 Cincinnati Bengals W 28-12
6 October 8, 1978 at Los Angeles Rams L 27-10
7 October 15, 1978 New Orleans Saints L 14-7
8 October 22, 1978 Atlanta Falcons L 20-17
9 October 29, 1978 at Washington Redskins L 38-20
10 November 5, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 21-10
11 November 12, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals L 16-10
12 November 19, 1978 Los Angeles Rams L 31-28
13 November 27, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24-7
14 December 3, 1978 at New Orleans Saints L 24-13
15 December 10, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 6-3
16 December 17, 1978 at Detroit Lions L 33-14



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