1992 San Francisco 49ers season

1992 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach George Seifert
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Game (Redskins)
Lost NFC Championship Game (Cowboys) 30–20

The 1992 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 43rd year with the National Football League. The 49ers appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the second time in three seasons. This would be the last season the Niners would have with Joe Montana. His last game as a 49er was on the December 28 MNF game against the Lions.


With the departure of Mike Holmgren to Green Bay, the 49ers hired Denver Broncos offensive assistant Mike Shanahan to run the offense. Jeff Fisher joined the coaching staff as defensive backs coach.


1992 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway


1992 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


Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Time Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 at New York Giants W 31–14 CBS 1:15pm
2 September 13, 1992 Buffalo Bills L 31–34 NBC 1:15pm
3 September 20, 1992 at New York Jets W 31–14 CBS 10:00am
4 September 27, 1992 at New Orleans Saints W 16–10 TNT 5:00pm
5 October 4, 1992 Los Angeles Rams W 27–24 CBS 1:15pm
6 October 11, 1992 at New England Patriots W 24–12 CBS 10:00am
7 October 18, 1992 Atlanta Falcons W 56–17 CBS 1:15pm
9 November 1, 1992 at Phoenix Cardinals L 14–24 CBS 1:05pm
10 November 9, 1992 (Mon) at Atlanta Falcons W 41–3 ABC 6:00pm
11 November 15, 1992 New Orleans Saints W 21–20 CBS 1:15pm
12 November 22, 1992 at Los Angeles Rams W 27–10 CBS 1:15pm
13 November 29, 1992 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–14 CBS 1:15pm
14 December 6, 1992 Miami Dolphins W 27–3 NBC 1:15pm
15 December 13, 1992 at Minnesota Vikings W 20–17 CBS 10:00am
16 December 19, 1992 (Sat) Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–14 CBS 1:00pm
17 December 28, 1992 (Mon) Detroit Lions W 24–6 ABC 6:00pm

Game Summaries

Week One at New York Giants

Steve Young completed four of six passes for 27 yards and a touchdown but was knocked out of the game; Steve Bono threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns while Ricky Watters rushed for 100 yards. Phil Simms was intercepted in the fourth quarter and the Niners scored on the pick.

Week Two vs. Buffalo Bills

In the first NFL game ever to go without a single punt, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, and two of the most famous offenses in league history – San Francisco's West Coast offense and Buffalo's K-Gun offense – combined for 1,086 yards and 65 points as a late Niners field goal attempt missed for a 34-31 Bills win. Jerry Rice was knocked out of the game after three catches for 26 yards; Mike Sherrard led the Niners receiving attack with 159 yards. |Weather= 84 °F (Sunny)

Week Three at New York Jets

The Niners returned to Giants Stadium and won 31-14 despite being held to 335 yards of offense. Young threw for 163 yards and also rushed for fifty, nearly matching Ricky Watters' 55 yards. The Jets didn't score until the fourth quarter.

Week Four at New Orleans Saints

The Saints held the Niners to 333 yards of offense but fumbled twice and Bobby Hebert threw three picks. Steve Young and Ricky Watters accounted for 141 rushing yards as the Niners clawed out a 16-10 win.

Week Five vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Niners returned to The Stick and saw a 10-7 grinder explode in the fourth quarter as Robert Bailey picked off Steve Young and scored; Young followed with two rushing scores (and 60 rushing yards total, once again coming close to matching Ricky Watters' game total, here 83 yards) before Jim Everett's nine-yard score to Flipper Anderson tied the game; Mike Cofer then won it (27-24) on a late 21-yard field goal. |Weather= 82 °F (Sunny)

Week Six at New England Patriots

Despite two fumbles and a Steve Young pick the Niners manhandled the faltering Patriots 24-12, intercepting Hugh Millen twice and limiting the Patriots to 227 yards of offense. Young and Ricky Watters again were a two-pronged rushing attack with 173 combined yards on the ground.

Week Seven vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Niners scored five rushing touchdowns, three of them by Watters, and put up 191 rushing yards to go with 399 passing yards from Steve Young in a 56-17 massacre of the Falcons. |Weather= 67 °F (Cloudy)

Week Nine at Phoenix Cardinals

Four years after one of the most frustrating losses of the Bill Walsh era, the Niners again fell to the Cardinals, this time 24-14. Chris Chandler threw three touchdowns and the Cards swallowed four Niners turnovers.

Week Ten Monday Night Football at Atlanta Falcons

The Niners responded to the Phoenix loss by unleashing three Steve Young touchdowns and a Merton Hanks punt return score while picking off Billy Joe Tolliver three times and swallowing three Falcons fumbles in a 41-3 massacre. Deion Sanders had four kick returns for 81 yards for Atlanta.

Week Eleven vs. New Orleans Saints

The Saints picked off Steve Young once and raced to a 20-7 lead, but in the fourth Young and Brent Jones erased New Orleans' lead on two touchdowns, winning 21-20. |Weather= 64 °F (Drizzle)

Week Twelve at Los Angeles Rams

The Niners assault through 1992 continued as they limited the Rams to 245 yards and won 27-10. Ricky Watters erupted to 163 rushing yards and two scores.

Week Thirteen vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Despite two Randall Cunningham touchdowns the Eagles fell 20-14 at San Francisco. Steve Young threw for 342 yards and posted the most rushing yards of the game at 26. |Weather= 62 °F (Sunny)

Week Fourteen vs. Miami Dolphins

Dan Marino was routed once again by the 49ers as they limited him to 192 passing yards and won 27-3. With Watters sidelined Amp Lee led the rushing attack with 58 yards and a score. |Weather= 55 °F (Rain)

Week Fifteen at Minnesota Vikings

Both teams combined for just 472 yards of offense as a late Terry Allen score could get the Vikings no closer than a 20-17 Niners win. Amp Lee exploded to 134 rushing yards.

Week Sixteen vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Steve Young facing his former team, the game lead tied or changed five times as Jerry Rice's 30-yard touchdown won the game for the Niners 21-14. The game was a clean affair with just five total penalties. |Weather= 51 °F (Sunny)

Week Seventeen Monday Night Football vs. Detroit Lions

Steve Young threw for 153 yards as the Niners clawed to a 7-6 halftime lead; from there Joe Montana came into the game and threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns. |Weather= 51 °F (Light rain)


NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 6–0 11–1 431 236 W8
(4) New Orleans Saints 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 330 202 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 327 414 L2
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 313 383 W1

Best performances


NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Washington Redskins

NFC Divisional Playoff: Washington Redskins vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 0 3713
49ers 10 7 0320

at Candlestick Park

  • Date: January 9, 1993
  • Game time: 1 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 51°F (Cloudy), relative humidity 86%, wind 11 mph
Game information

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • Was – Chip Lohmiller 32 yard field goal. 49ers 17–6
Fourth Quarter
  • Was – Mark Rypien 1 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick). 49ers 17–13
  • SF – Mike Cofer 33 yard field goal. 49ers 20–13

  • Mark Rypien. 19-40, 270 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int. 1 rushing TD.
  • Gary Clark. 7 rec, 100 yards
  • Steve Young. 20-30, 227 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int. 8 rush, 73 yards
  • Jerry Rice. 6 rec, 88 yards.
  • Redskins – 4
  • 49ers – 4

In a rainy, muddy, and sloppy played game, the 49ers defeated the Redskins 20-13. The entire field was covered in mud and seemed to affect the play on the field. The 49ers took a 17-3 lead at halftime, but trailed off in the 2nd half and the Redskins kept it close. Steve Young was 20 for 30, throwing for 227 yards, but he fumbled 3 times (following one fumble 49ers radio analyst Wayne Walker criticized Young's run-heavy playing style, unfavorably contrasting it with erstwhile Niners starter Joe Montana) and threw an interception. Late in the game, the Redskins were at the San Francisco 28 and looking to take their first lead of the game when a hand off by Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien to running back Brian Mitchell was fumbled and recovered by the 49ers. Both teams committed 4 turnovers each.

NFC Championship Game vs. Dallas Cowboys

NFC Divisional Playoff: Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 7 71330
49ers 7 3 3720

at Candlestick Park

  • Date: January 17, 1993
  • Game time: 1 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 52°F (Light Rain), relative humidity 88%, wind 7 mph
Game information

First Quarter
  • Dal – Lin Elliott 20 yard field goal. Cowboys 3–0
  • SF – Steve Young 1 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick). 49ers 7–3
Second Quarter
  • Dal – Emmitt Smith 5 yard rush (Lin Elliott kick). Cowboys 10–7
  • SF – Mike Cofer 28 yard field goal. Tie 10–10
Third Quarter
  • Dal – Daryl Johnston 4 yard rush (Lin Elliott kick). Cowboys 17–10
  • SF – Mike Cofer 42 yard field goal. Cowboys 17–13
Fourth Quarter

  • Troy Aikman. 24-34, 322 yards, 2 TD, 0 Int
  • Emmitt Smith. 24 rush, 114 yards. 7 rec, 59 yards, 1 TD
  • Steve young. 25-35, 313 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int
  • Jerry Rice. 8 rec, 123 yards, 1 TD
  • Cowboys – 0
  • 49ers – 4

In the first game of what would become one of the fiercest rivalries in the 90's, the Cowboys knock off the 49ers. The 49ers, who struggled the previous week, didn't look much better in this game as they had 4 turnovers, while the Cowboys had none. Even with the turnovers the Niners clawed to within 24-20 on a five-yard Jerry Rice touchdown catch, but on the ensuing Cowboys possession a 70-yard catch and run by Alvin Harper set up Troy Aikman's winning score to Kelvin Martin. In all the 49ers would have 8 turnovers in just 2 playoff games.

Awards and records


  1. 1 2 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 248
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 247
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 455
  4. 1 2 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  6. 1 2 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400

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