|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|
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. 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.
|1995 San Francisco 49ers draft|
|1||10||J. J. Stokes||Wide receiver||UCLA|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
|(2)San Francisco 49ers||11||5||0||.688||457||258||L1|
|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 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.