The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS won the NFC West with a 13-3 record in 2019 and advanced to their first Super Bowl since the 2012 season. The 49ers, who were 4-12 in 2018, became the third team to advance to a Super Bowl after winning four-or-fewer games the prior season, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams (4-12 in 1998) and the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (4-11 in 1987).
San Francisco clinched their division title with a road victory on Sunday Night Football in Week 17, defeating Seattle, 26-21, behind a fourth down goal line stop by linebacker DRE GREENLAW with :12 seconds remaining. The No. 1 seeded 49ers defeated the Vikings, 27-10, in the Divisional playoffs, as the San Francisco defense held Minnesota to 21 net rushing yards and seven total first downs.
In the NFC Championship game, San Francisco earned a trip to Super Bowl LIV with a 37-20 win over Green Bay. Running back RAHEEM MOSTERT rushed for 220 yards against the Packers, the secondmost ever in an NFL postseason game, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON’s 248 rushing yards for the Los Angeles Rams on January 4, 1986. Mostert also became the third player in postseason history to rush for at least four touchdowns in a single game, joining RICKY WATTERS (five) and LEGARRETTE BLOUNT (four).
During the 2019 regular season, the 49ers offense ranked second in points per game (29.9) and fourth in total offense (381.1 yards per game). Quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO, who finished with a 102 passer rating, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA and STEVE YOUNG as the only 49ers players to finish a season with a passer rating of 100 or higher since 1950. Garoppolo, who has a regular-season career .808 winning percentage as a starter (21-5), became the sixth quarterback to win at least 20 of his first 25 starts during the Super Bowl era.
Tight end GEORGE KITTLE led the team with 85 receptions for 1,053 receiving yards, the third-most among tight ends during the 2019 season. Kittle has 2,945 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (2,774) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in their first three seasons in league annals. Rookie wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL emerged as one of Garopollo’s primary targets, ranking fourth among all rookies in receptions (57) and receiving yards (802). He totaled three games with at least 100 receiving yards in 2019, the most by a rookie in franchise history.
Defensively, the 49ers allowed the second-fewest total yards of offense in the league (281.8 per game) and led the NFL with 21 forced fumbles. From Weeks 5-7, they became the sixth team since 1990 and the first since the 2005 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (Weeks 13-15) to allow seven or fewer points and 200 or fewer net yards of offense in three consecutive games. Cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN, as part of a San Francisco defense that allowed the fewest pass yards against per game (169.2) last season, led the team with 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. Sherman is the league’s active leader with 35 career interceptions.
The No. 2 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, defensive lineman NICK BOSA made his presence felt immediately, recording seven sacks in his first seven games, tied for the second-most by a player in his first seven games since 1982. The 2019 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year, he continued his excellent first year through the postseason, becoming the third rookie since 1982 to record at least four sacks in a single postseason.