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1996

Record: 13-5
George Seifert's eight-year record: 108-35

In a year of milestones for George Seifert, injuries to quarterbacks kept the 49ers adjusting all season.

A strained groin and concussions kept Steve Young out of games during the regular season; broken ribs doomed him in the second round of the playoffs. Elvis Grbac led the team in two heart-breaking overtime losses. Third-string QB Jeff Brohm contributed to a hard-fought 10-9 victory at Houston.

There were highlights on both sides of the ball: The defense allowed an average of only 93 yards per game rushing and only 197 yards per game passing. The offense ranked second in the NFC in total points with 398, and Jerry Rice again led the league in receptions, with 112.

George Seifert reached his 100th victory faster than any coach in NFL history, just as he reached wins No. 50 and 75 quicker than any other NFL coach.

Seifert's 100th career win was a thrilling come-from-behind victory vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 20. At halftime, with the 49ers trailing 21-7, Seifert launched into a tirade punctuated by pounding a stool against the floor in a rage. Seifert said there didn't need to be any adjustments to the game plan; the players just needed to get up off their butts and start playing.

After being handed the game ball following the 28-21 victory, Seifert said, "I love my family, I love life and I love the 49ers."

Seifert became the winningest coach in 49er history in a 38-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 17.

The Seifert Era concludes: 1997

 

 1996 Results

W New Orleans 27-11
W St. Louis 34-0
L at Carolina 23-7
W Atlanta 39-17 
W at St. Louis 28-11
L at Green Bay 23-20
W Cincinnati 28-21
W at Houston 10-9
W at New Orleans 24-17
L Dallas 20-17
W Baltimore 38-20
W at Washington 19-16
W at Atlanta 34-10
L Carolina 30-24
W at Pittsburgh 25-15
W Detroit 24-14

 Playoffs

W Philadelphia 14-0 
L at Green Bay 35-14

More Seifert reading:
The evolution of George Seifert
Seifert's most memorable wins