The San Francisco 49ers have not been to the playoffs since 2013. What do a 1-0 start and other numbers say about their chances this season?
It’s a franchise that managed one of the more impressive long term runs in the history of the NFL. From 1981-98, the San Francisco 49ers won at least 10 games in 17 of those 18 seasons. They made a total of five Super Bowl appearances over that span, for from 1981-89, and captured the Lombardi Trophy in each instance.
From 2003-10, the franchise struggled mightily via a 46-82 mark. Over those eight seasons, the Niners failed to post a winning campaign. But the club was rejuvenated in 2011s with the hiring of head coach Jim Harbaugh. He would immediately lead the club to three consecutive NFC championship game appearances while reaching Super Bowl XLVII in 2012.
Harbaugh was gone after 2014 and the team promoted Jim Tomsula the following year, then hired Chip Kelly in 2016. Enter Kyle Shanahan in 2017, who was coming off a banner year as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. It’s been rough sledding for the young sideline leader, some of it not his fault.
But the bottom line is that since the 49ers went to the playoffs three years in a row, the club owns a dismal 26-55 since 2014. And that includes the team’s 31-17 victory over the Buccaneers at Tampa in Week 1. But that 49ers have already done something this season that they failed to do in 2018 and that is come on with a win on the road.
So as Shanahan’s club prepares for a trip to Cincinnati, what numbers stand out for this club?