1981 San Francisco 49ers schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
13-3-0 3-0 6575 4245 2330 33 387 5715 3545 2170 59 333
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The San Francisco 49ers' thirty-sixth season was in 1981, and it was the third season Bill Walsh served as the head coach of the team. The 49ers played their home games at Candlestick Park. They finished the year 13-3-0 in the regular season, en route to winning the NFC West, and 3-0 in the playoffs eventually winning the NFL championship against the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21, the team's first championship win. At the end of the season, Joe Montana was awarded with the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 @ Detroit Lions 17-24
Week 2 Chicago Bears 28-17
Week 3 @ Atlanta Falcons 17-34
Week 4 New Orleans Saints 21-14
Week 5 @ Washington Redskins 30-17
Week 6 Dallas Cowboys 45-14
Week 7 @ Green Bay Packers 13-3
Week 8 Los Angeles Rams 20-17
Week 9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14
Week 10 Atlanta Falcons 17-14
Week 11 Cleveland Browns 12-15
Week 12 @ Los Angeles Rams 33-31
Week 13 New York Giants 17-10
Week 14 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21-3
Week 15 Houston Oilers 28-6
Week 16 @ New Orleans Saints 21-17


Week Opponent Score Notes
Divisional Round New York Giants 38-24
Conference Championship Dallas Cowboys 28-27
Super Bowl vs. Cincinnati Bengals 26-21

1981 San Francisco 49ers Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Bill Walsh Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Studley Quarterbacks Coach: Sam Wyche Wide Receivers Coach: Milt Jackson Offensive Line Coach: Bobb Mckittrick Running Backs Coach: Billie Matthews Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Cas Banaszek Defensive Line Coach: Bill McPherson Linebackers Coach: Norb Hecker Defensive Backs Coach: George Seifert Assistant Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach: Ray Rhodes Special Teams Coach: Milt Jackson Strength and Conditioning Coach: Al Vermeil Coaching Administrator: Neal Dahlen