2018 San Francisco 49ers Season
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2018 San Francisco 49ers Season
2018 San Francisco 49ers season
OwnerJed York
Head coachKyle Shanahan
General managerJohn Lynch
Home fieldLevi's Stadium
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersFB Kyle Juszczyk
TE George Kittle
DT DeForest Buckner
AP All-ProsGeorge Kittle (2nd team)
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The 2018 season was the San Francisco 49ers' 69th in the National Football League, their 73rd overall, their fifth playing their home games at Levi's Stadium and their second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

After finishing 6-10 from a 0-9 start in the previous year, the 49ers were looking to improve from that record and make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. However, the 49ers' season ended with a record of 4-12 and were plagued by multiple season-ending injuries, which have included RB Jerick McKinnon tearing his ACL in training camp and QB Jimmy Garoppolo also tearing his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention following a Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In Week 15, however, the 49ers upset the Seahawks 26-23 in overtime at home, snapping the 49ers' 10-game losing streak to them that dated back to 2013 Playoffs. The win also stopped the Seahawks from clinching a playoff spot that week. The 49ers failed to improve on their 6-10 record from last year. The 49ers also went 0-8 on the road for the first time since 1979.

The 49ers defense would also go on to set multiple NFL records for futility. During the entire 16 game schedule of the 2018 NFL season, the 49ers defense would accumulate just two interceptions, breaking the previous mark of three. Incredibly, that included strike shortened NFL seasons. Putting that into perspective, a total of 40 different players throughout the league would go on to have more interceptions than the entire 49ers team. The 49ers would also have just seven total takeaways on the season, smashing the previous record of 11.[1][2] The 49ers were also last in the league with a -25 turnover differential, the worst mark since 2008.

The 2018 49ers would go on to set one more notable "futility" mark after the team went 8-0 to start the following season, thus giving the 2018 49ers the worst record in NFL history of any team that went on to go undefeated that far into the following season.


Roster changes

Free agency

The 49ers entered free agency with the following:[3]

Position Player Free agency
Date signed 2018 Team Notes
DE Cornellius Carradine UFA March 17, 2018 Oakland Raiders [4]
OT Garry Gilliam UFA February 27, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 2-year contract[5][6]
SS Eric Reid UFA September 27, 2018 Carolina Panthers Signed 1-year contract[7]
C Daniel Kilgore UFA February 14, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 3-year contract[8][9]
ILB Brock Coyle UFA March 14, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 3-year contract[10]
G Brandon Fusco UFA March 14, 2018 Atlanta Falcons Signed 3-year contract[11]
CB Leon Hall UFA March 30, 2018 Oakland Raiders
RB Carlos Hyde UFA March 15, 2018 Cleveland Browns Signed 3-year contract[12]
OLB Mark Nzeocha UFA January 26, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[13]
DT Leger Douzable UFA
WR Louis Murphy UFA
QB Jimmy Garoppolo UFA February 8, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 5-year contract[14][15]
CB Asa Jackson UFA
TE Logan Paulsen UFA March 21, 2018 Atlanta Falcons Signed 1-year contract[16]
C Tim Barnes UFA
FS Antone Exum UFA June 6, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[17]
OLB Cassius Marsh UFA February 7, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 2-year contract[18][19]
CB Dontae Johnson UFA April 11, 2018 Seattle Seahawks [20]
DE Aaron Lynch UFA March 15, 2018 Chicago Bears Signed 1-year contract[21][22]
RB Raheem Mostert RFA March 9, 2018 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[23]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
 -  Light green background indicates a player has been re-signed by the 49ers.
 -  Light red background indicates a player has departed the 49ers.


Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Notes
CB Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks March 11, 2018 Signed 3-year contract[24][25]
P Jeff Locke March 12, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[23]
RB Jerick McKinnon Minnesota Vikings March 14, 2018 Signed 4-year contract[26]
C Weston Richburg New York Giants March 14, 2018 Signed 5-year contract[26]
DE Jeremiah Attaochu Los Angeles Chargers March 15, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[27]
G Jonathan Cooper Dallas Cowboys March 20, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[28]
LB Korey Toomer Los Angeles Chargers April 4, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[29]
G Mike Person Indianapolis Colts May 9, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[30]
CB C. J. Goodwin New York Giants May 15, 2018 Claimed off waivers[31]
G John Flynn July 25, 2018 Signed 2-year contract[32]
DT Will Sutton July 25, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[32]
DT Cedric Thornton Buffalo Bills July 25, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[32]
TE Wes Saxton July 31, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[33]
G Chris Gonzalez August 5, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[34]
RB Alfred Morris Dallas Cowboys August 14, 2018 Signed 1-year contract[35]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2017 season.


Position Player Date Notes
C Daniel Kilgore March 15, 2018 Traded[36]
T Trent Brown April 27, 2018 Traded[37]
G Zane Beadles May 7, 2018 Released[38]
WR DeAndre Carter May 15, 2018 Waived[31]
S Don Jones July 25, 2018 Waived[32]
CB C. J. Goodwin July 31, 2018 Waived[33]
LB Eli Harold August 23, 2018 Traded[39][40]


2018 San Francisco 49ers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 9 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
2 44 Dante Pettis WR Washington from Washington
3 70 Fred Warner LB BYU from Chicago
95 Tarvarius Moore S Southern Miss from New England
4 128 Kentavius Street DE NC State from Pittsburgh
5 142 D. J. Reed CB Kansas State from Denver via Washington
6 184 Marcell Harris S Florida
7 233 Jullian Taylor DT Temple from Tampa Bay via Miami
240 Richie James WR Middle Tennessee from Kansas City


  • The 49ers finished with the same overall record and strength of schedule as the Oakland Raiders at the end of the 2017 season, and their selecting order was determined by way of a coin flip at the NFL Scouting Combine in early 2018. Both teams will then rotate with the Miami Dolphins, selecting 9th, 10th and 11th in each round. The 49ers won the coin toss.[41]

Draft trades

  • The 49ers traded a second-round selection (43rd overall) to New England in exchange for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • The 49ers traded their third-round selection in 2017 (67th overall) to New Orleans in exchange for New Orleans' second-round selection (59th overall) and their seventh-round selection in 2017 (229th overall).
  • The 49ers traded their first-round selection in 2017 (2nd overall) to Chicago in exchange for Chicago's third-round selection (70th overall), and their first-, third- and fourth-round selections in 2017 (3rd, 67th and 111th overall).
  • The 49ers traded their fourth-round selection (109th overall) to Denver in exchange for Denver's fifth-round selection in 2017 (177th overall) and running back Kapri Bibbs.
  • The 49ers traded their fifth-round selection (148th overall) and tight end Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh in exchange for Pittsburgh's fourth-round selection (128th overall).
  • The 49ers traded cornerback Rashard Robinson to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' fifth-round selection (143rd overall).
  • The 49ers traded their seventh-round selection (227th overall) and center Daniel Kilgore to Miami in exchange for the seventh-round selection Miami acquired from Tampa Bay (223rd overall).[42]
  • The 49ers traded cornerback Kenneth Acker to Kansas City in exchange for Kansas City's seventh-round selection (240th overall).
  • The 49ers traded their fifth-round selection (143rd overall) and OT Trent Brown to New England in exchange for the third-round selection (95th overall).[43]

Undrafted free agents


Final roster


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 9 Dallas Cowboys W 24-21 1-0 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 August 18 at Houston Texans L 13-16 1-1 NRG Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Indianapolis Colts L 17-23 1-2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 August 30 Los Angeles Chargers L 21-23 1-3 Levi's Stadium Recap

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 9 at Minnesota Vikings L 16-24 0-1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
2 September 16 Detroit Lions W 30-27 1-1 Levi's Stadium Recap
3 September 23 at Kansas City Chiefs L 27-38 1-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 30 at Los Angeles Chargers L 27-29 1-3 StubHub Center Recap
5 October 7 Arizona Cardinals L 18-28 1-4 Levi's Stadium Recap
6 October 15 at Green Bay Packers L 30-33 1-5 Lambeau Field Recap
7 October 21 Los Angeles Rams L 10-39 1-6 Levi's Stadium Recap
8 October 28 at Arizona Cardinals L 15-18 1-7 State Farm Stadium Recap
9 November 1 Oakland Raiders W 34-3 2-7 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 12 New York Giants L 23-27 2-8 Levi's Stadium Recap
11 Bye
12 November 25 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 9-27 2-9 Raymond James Stadium Recap
13 December 2 at Seattle Seahawks L 16-43 2-10 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 9 Denver Broncos W 20-14 3-10 Levi's Stadium Recap
15 December 16 Seattle Seahawks W 26-23 (OT) 4-10 Levi's Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Chicago Bears L 9-14 4-11 Levi's Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at Los Angeles Rams L 32-48 4-12 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap


  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Games highlighted in green means win, red = loss

Game summaries

Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings

Three interceptions by Jimmy Garoppolo, who earned his first loss as an NFL starter, would hurt the 49ers in the end. The 49ers lost 24-16, with the difference being a Garoppolo pick-six as well several key drops by receivers.

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions

Despite the Lions' attempted comeback in the fourth quarter, the 49ers would hang on to win 30-27 as the team earns their first win of the season behind 2 TDs from Garoppolo and Matt Breida's 138 yards rushing.

Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs

Not only did the 49ers lose the game, Jimmy Garoppolo got carted off in the fourth quarter with a serious knee injury. The next day, an MRI further revealed that Garoppolo had torn his ACL, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

These two teams would meet again the following season in Super Bowl LIV, with the 49ers falling short 31-20.

Week 4: at Los Angeles Chargers

The first post-Garoppolo game of the season was a surprisingly competitive game, mostly due to safety Antone Exum getting a pick-six in the first quarter, but the 49ers still lost 29-27 and dropped to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 after Garoppolo's injury.

Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Playing a winless Cardinals team desperately seeking a win, the 49ers held rookie QB Josh Rosen in check, but were hurt by five offensive turnovers, one of which resulted in a defensive touchdown for Arizona. The 49ers drop to 1-4 (0-2 since Garoppolo's injury) heading into a Monday Night road game against the Packers.

Week 6: at Green Bay Packers

The 49ers held a 30-23 lead in the final three minutes, but Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Davante Adams to tie the game with less than 2 minutes left. On the 49ers' next drive, a critical C.J. Beathard interception plus an illegal contact penalty on Richard Sherman in the final minute led to a 27-yard game-winning field goal by Mason Crosby to send the 49ers to a 33-30 loss and a 1-5 record heading into next week's home game against the undefeated Rams.

Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals

With the loss, the Niners dropped to 1-7 and last place in the NFC West. They were also swept by the Cardinals for the 4th consecutive year.

Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders

This was the first start for Nick Mullens at QB, who replaced C.J. Beathard. The game was incredibly one-sided, with the 49ers winning by over 30 points.

Week 10: vs. New York Giants

Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks

This was the first time since 2013 that the 49ers beat the Seahawks, snapping a 10-game losing streak which dates back to the 2013-14 NFC Championship Game. This also prevented the Seahawks from clinching a Wild-Card Berth that week.

Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 17: at Los Angeles Rams

With the loss, the 49ers finished 0-8 on the road for the first time since 1979.



NFC West
(2) Los Angeles Rams 13 3 0 .813 6-0 9-3 527 384 W2
(5) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 3-3 8-4 428 347 W2
San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 .250 1-5 2-10 342 435 L2
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 2-4 3-9 225 425 L4


Division leaders
1[a] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 4-2 9-3 .482 .488 L1
2[a] Los Angeles Rams West 13 3 0 .813 6-0 9-3 .480 .428 W2
3 Chicago Bears North 12 4 0 .750 5-1 10-2 .430 .419 W4
4 Dallas Cowboys East 10 6 0 .625 5-1 9-3 .488 .444 W2
Wild Cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3-3 8-4 .484 .400 W2
6 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 .518 .486 W3
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Minnesota Vikings North 8 7 1 .531 3-2-1 6-5-1 .504 .355 L1
8[b] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4-2 7-5 .482 .348 W3
9[b] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 .486 .371 L2
10[b] Carolina Panthers South 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 .508 .518 W1
11 Green Bay Packers North 6 9 1 .406 1-4-1 3-8-1 .488 .417 L1
12 Detroit Lions North 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .504 .427 W1
13[c] New York Giants East 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .527 .487 L3
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 2-4 4-8 .523 .506 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 4 12 0 .250 1-5 2-10 .504 .406 L2
16 Arizona Cardinals West 3 13 0 .188 2-4 3-9 .527 .302 L4
  1. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of LA Rams based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c Atlanta finished ahead of Washington based on head-to-head victory. Atlanta finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head sweep. Washington finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b NY Giants finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


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