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The 49ers entered professional football in 1946 as a founding member of the All-America Football Conference, which was founded in 1946. Had it not been for the Cleveland Browns, a team that won four championships and lost only four games in the league's four years of operation, the 49ers would have been the AAFC's dominant team. Their four-year record was a 39-15-2. Although San Francisco handed Cleveland two of its four defeats, they still finished second each year. The 49ers were admitted to the NFL in 1950 following the collapse of the AAFC. They came close to a championship only once during their first two decades in the NFL. In 1957, they tied Detroit for the NFL Western division crown but lost in a playoff.

A new era dawned for the 49ers in March 1977 when Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. became the new owner. Bill Walsh, renowned as an offensive specialist, was hired in 1979 as the 49ers head coach. Three seasons later the Niners had their first championship, a 26-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. San Francisco won the West again in 1983, but saved their best for 1984. That year they won 18 of 19 games, including Super Bowl XIX, in which they beat the Miami Dolphins. Walsh ended his professional coaching career after San Francisco's 20-16 victory over Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII. In 10 years as the Niners' coach, Walsh had a 102-62-1 record, won six NFC West titles and three Super Bowls.

The team name, which originates from the 1849 goldrush, was selected as a recognition of the pioneering and adventurous spirit of the men of the 1849 gold rush in the Sierra Nevada mountains east of San Francisco. It is the only name the team has had and San Francisco is the only city in which it has resided. They were the first NFL team to produce 10 or more wins for 16 consecutive seasons (1983 to 1998), and the first to win five Super Bowls.
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1 Your San Francisco 49ers!
An all multiple choice look back at some of the great 49ers and the team in their history. I hope that you find this educational! :-)
Average
10 Q
Nightmare
Sep 19 07
1524 plays
2 San Francisco's Amazing Niners
Undoubtedly the greatest team of the 1980s, the Niners have created many legends. Test your knowledge of this West Coast team.
Difficult
20 Q
LeoDaVinci
Sep 12 02
2265 plays
3 All About the Niners [2]
You can't fit all of the important Niners stuff into one quiz, can you? Enjoy!
Average
10 Q
jaknginger
Jun 28 08
633 plays
4 San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks
The 49ers franchise has been known for great quarterbacks. You might know one or two of them even if you're not a huge sports fan. This quiz covers not just the greats, but also some of the lesser known 49ers quarterbacks.
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10 Q
ArlingtonVA
Dec 13 09
720 plays
5 All About the Niners [1]
Are you a true 49ers fan? Enjoy!
Tough
10 Q
jaknginger
Jun 27 08
528 plays
6 Gold Rush: 49er Style
This is a quiz about San Francisco 49ers football.
Difficult
10 Q
malcolmsex
Nov 18 03
957 plays
7 Random Niner Facts
Some facts about the greatest franchise in the NFL.
Average
10 Q
CaptainChurro
Mar 24 07
771 plays
8 SF 49ers: A History
Come one, come all to take crazy Dolomite's San Francisco 49'ers quiz.
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10 Q
Ceek18
Oct 20 00
2283 plays
9 Go 49ers!
Test your knowledge of the '49ers, the best team in the NFL. Enjoy!
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10 Q
msetxus
Mar 30 07
816 plays
10 San Francisco 49ers: 2007
This quiz is about the San Francisco 49ers 2007 NFL season.
Average
10 Q
dj168
Feb 02 08
612 plays
11 Do You Know the 49ers?
Do you know anything about the 49ers, I dont think so. Test your knowledge good luck.
Difficult
10 Q
missionbear
May 09 01
1311 plays
12 For 49er Faithfuls
You don't have to be a 49er fan to do well on this quiz.
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10 Q
ejhahn
Nov 10 02
1260 plays
13 San Francisco 49ers
49ers are the best!
Average
5 Q
Cainan
Aug 18 00
3174 plays
14 One For The Niners !
I would like to see if you are a true San Francisco 49er fan.
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5 Q
mrWizzy
Sep 10 01
1686 plays
15 Striking Gold
The 49ers started a second-rate franchise, a step down from the Browns in the small AAFC. But they made a great transition to the NFL and are considered by many, to be one of the best franchises in sports.
Difficult
10 Q
pitt_pride12
May 23 04
621 plays
This is category 1416
Last Updated Aug 20 14 10:49 AM

Some sample questions from this category:

* Who did Joe Montana throw to, that was considered the 'The Catch'?
* Who was the only one that has caught over 185 touchdowns in 49er history?
* How many Super Bowls did the 49ers win durng the 20th century?
* How many years did Roger Craig play for the 49ers?
* Who made the famous catch to win the football game in the 1981 NFC Championship?


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