San Francisco 49ers Information
The San Francisco 49ers are current members of the West Division of the NFC. They were founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference but joined the NFL in the 1950 merger. They play their home games in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers are recognized as having one of the NFL's greatest dynasties because they won five Super Bowl Championships in the fourteen years between 1981 and 1994. They are tied for having the second-most Super Bowl wins (5) with the Dallas Cowboys. They are currently the only NFL team in history to appear in more than one Super Bowl and never losing. Their successful history also includes twenty-four playoff appearances, eighteen Division Championships and five Conference Championships. They have not won a Super Bowl Championship since 1994.
Last season the 2011 San Francisco 49ers finally ended their streak of eight consecutive non-winning seasons. They clinched the NFC west and made their first playoff appearance since 2002 with their record of 13-3. They had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Playoffs. They went on to the NFC Championship for the first time since 1997 but ultimately lost to the New York Giants in overtime. This year the 49ers hope to make it all the way. Their most valuable players include defensive end Justin Smith, tight end Vernon Davis, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, tackle Joe Staley, and linebackers Patrick Willis and Ahmad Brooks.