San Francisco 49ers

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All-America Football Conference (1946–1949)

  • Western Division (1946–1949)

National Football League (1950–present)

  • San Francisco 49ers (1946–present)
  • NFC: 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994
  • NFC West: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002
  • AAFC: 1949
  • NFL: 1957, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
  • Kezar Stadium (1946–1970)
  • Candlestick Park (1971–present)
    • a.k.a. 3Com Park at Candlestick Point (1995–2002)
    • a.k.a. San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point (2002–2004)
    • a.k.a. Monster Park (2004–2008)

The San Francisco 49ers (often referred to as the Niners) are a professional American football team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team plays its home games in San Francisco, California, while the club's headquarters and practice facility are located in nearby Santa Clara.

The 49ers began play in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1950 after the AAFC merged into the older league. The team was the first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowls. San Francisco is second only to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl wins (6) and tied with the Dallas Cowboys with 5 each. Their five league titles (which include the pre-NFL and pre-Super Bowl periods) place them in a four-way tie for fifth behind the Green Bay Packers (12), the Chicago Bears (9), the New York Giants (7), and the Steelers (6). The 49ers are also the only team to win more than one Super Bowl without losing any.

The 49ers teams of the 1980s and early 1990s were a great dynasty given their five Super Bowl triumphs in that span, including four in the 1980s. The Niners won 10 or more games for 16 straight seasons[citation needed]. Particularly notable seasons are the 1984 and 1989 teams. Three-time Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana, perennial Pro Bowler Ronnie Lott, all-time highest career quarterback rating holder Steve Young, and career touchdown leader Jerry Rice played for the 49ers during this period[citation needed]. Additionally, some of the most memorable plays (including "The Catch") and games (such as Super Bowl XXIII) were played by this team.

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