1991 San Francisco 49ers season

1991 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach George Seifert
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 10–6
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1991 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 42nd year with the National Football League. The franchise did not qualify for the postseason for the first time since the strike-shortened 1982 season. Joe Montana would miss the entire season with an elbow injury, paving the way for Steve Young to take over as the team's starting quarterback.

In Week 17, the 49ers found themselves not controlling their destiny. The Atlanta Falcons had already swept the 49ers in 2 very close games in the regular season, and therefore held the tiebreaker in the wild card. The New Orleans Saints had a 10–5 record entering the week, and defeated the Phoenix Cardinals, winning the division.


Following the 1990 season, the 49ers left team stalwarts Roger Craig and Ronnie Lott unprotected and allowed them go to the Los Angeles Raiders via Plan B free agency.

In 1991, the 49ers announced a prototype for a new logo and helmet design. Instead of the traditional "SF" oval, this new logo featured a stylized "49ers" in white with black and red shadows. However, fan reaction was so overwhelmingly negative that the idea was scrapped the next day.[1] The only change to the uniform would be the switching from red socks with three white stripes to plain solid red socks.

NFL Draft

Main article: 1991 NFL Draft



1991 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Lynn Stiles

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway


1991 San Francisco 49ers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

With Joe Montana out for the season with an elbow injury, Steve Young became the starting quarterback. The season opener, a rematch of the previous year's NFC Championship with the New York Giants, was the first loss suffered by the 49ers in a road game in nearly 3 years, snapping a still NFL record 18 consecutive regular season road game victories spanning the 1988–90 seasons. The first month of the season saw the team inconsistent with alternating home wins and road losses. In week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, Young suffered a knee injury, causing him to miss five games. With Young out and with the 49ers record at 4–5, Steve Bono led the 49ers to five wins in 6 games. However, Young returned for the final game; a 52–14 victory over the Chicago Bears. Although the 49ers finished the regular season at 10–6, they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1982 (losing on a tie-breaker to the Atlanta Falcons due to having lost both meetings). Young would however win the first of six passing titles.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1991 (Mon) at New York Giants L 14–16
2 September 8, 1991 San Diego Chargers W 34–14
3 September 15, 1991 at Minnesota Vikings L 14–17
4 September 22, 1991 Los Angeles Rams W 27–10
5 September 29, 1991 at Los Angeles Raiders L 6–12
7 October 13, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 34–39
8 October 20, 1991 Detroit Lions W 35–3
9 October 27, 1991 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–7
10 November 3, 1991 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–17
11 November 10, 1991 at New Orleans Saints L 3–10
12 November 17, 1991 Phoenix Cardinals W 14–10
13 November 25, 1991 (Mon) at Los Angeles Rams W 33–10
14 December 1, 1991 New Orleans Saints W 38–24
15 December 8, 1991 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–22
16 December 14, 1991 (Sat) Kansas City Chiefs W 28–14
17 December 23, 1991 (Mon) Chicago Bears W 52–14


NFC West
(3) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 341 211 W2
(6) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 5–1 7–5 361 338 L1
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 393 239 W6
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 234 390 L10

Awards and records


  1. Haberek, Ben (2003-05-18). "Helmets, Helmets, Helmets". Archived from the original on 11 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-12. This helmet was introduced in 1991 when Carmen Policy became team president. It was so thoroughly rejected by the public that the team abandoned the change 24 hours later.
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450

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