1995 San Francisco 49ers Season
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1995 San Francisco 49ers Season
1995 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coachGeorge Seifert
Home field3Com Park
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 17-27

The 1995 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and their 50th overall.

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.[1] 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. From 1990 to 2000, the 1995 49ers were the only NFC team to lose a Divisional playoff game following a first-round bye.

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.


NFL Draft

1995 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 J. J. Stokes  Wide receiver UCLA
4 127 Tim Hanshaw  Guard BYU
6 201 Antonio Armstrong  Linebacker Texas A&M
7 238 Herb Coleman  Defensive end Trinity International
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career





Regular season


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
6 Bye
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

Game summary

Week One at New Orleans

The Niners began their Super Bowl defense on the road and raced to a 24-9 lead despite injury to Steve Young (accidentally kicked in the back of his neck) that necessitated play by Elvis Grbac for part of the first half. Two second-half Saints scores only closed the final to 24-22 Niners.

Week Four at Detroit Lions

The Niners suffered their first defeat of the season in a 27-24 loss at the 0-3 Lions. The game lead tied or changed four times in the second half and a last-second Niners field goal attempt failed.

Week 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys

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 disappointing losses to New Orleans and the expansion Panthers by a combined score of 24-14. Steve Young was out with injury and Elvis Grbac was the 49ers' starting quarterback, but he had consistently struggled, completing 55 passes for 570 yards but with four INTs. As a result, the Cowboys were 14-point favorites coming in.

On just the second play of the game, Grbac split two defenders and 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.


NFC West
(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
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 289 325 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 319 348 W1


NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Green Bay Packers

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 counterpart 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.

Awards and records

  • Led NFL, Points Scored, 457 Points[3]
  • Jerry Rice, Franchise Record, Most Receiving Yards in One Game, 289 Receiving Yards (December 18, 1995)[4]
  • Jerry Rice, Franchise Record, Most Receptions in One Season, 122 Receptions[4]
  • Jerry Rice, NFL Record, Most Receiving Yards in One Season, 1,848 Receiving Yards[4]
  • Jerry Rice, Pro Bowl MVP[5]



  1. ^ "1995 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "1995 San Francisco 49ers starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 455
  4. ^ a b c NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 142
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202

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