Head coach George Seifert
Home field Candlestick Park
|Division place 1st NFC West|
Start date 1995
|Playoff finish Lost NFC Divisional Game (Packers) 27-17|
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The 1995 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 46th year with the National Football League, and 50th season of overall existence.
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. 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.
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.
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 two disappointing losses, where they scored a combined 14 points. Steve Young was out with an injury and Elvis Grbac was the 49ers starting quarterback, but he consistently struggled to move the offense and put points on the board. As a result, the Cowboys were heavy favorites to win this game (14 point favorites).
On just the second play of the game, Grbac hit Jerry Rice for an 81-yard touchdown putting the 49ers up 7-0. On the ensuing possession, Michael Irvin fumbled the ball and 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 none.
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 counter 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.