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The San Francisco 49ers are actually located in Santa Clara, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and around 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara. The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 when the leagues merged. The name "49ers" comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush.

The 49ers were terrible last year, finishing 2-14. The entire staff has been revamped, with former NFL great John Lynch now serving as General Manager. Last years Super Bowl losing Offensive Co-ordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Shanahan, has been appointed Head Coach. The young coach will be bringing his high powered offence with him to California. It'll be interesting to see how high powered it will be this time around considering there's no real starter at QB after the team decided to pass on all the top rookies in last years draft. One has a feeling it's going to be a rough year for the Niners.

Roster

Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan

General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have a tall task in front of them: They're being asked to provide some stability to the league's least stable franchise. The dynamic duo by the Bay already revamped the roster, but the most important addition may be expected starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. The veteran provides a steadying presence and experience in Shanahan's scheme. This will help ease the transition, but he's definitely not the answer long term.

OFFENCE

This offence was awful last year. They finished 31st in total offence, and 32nd in pass offence. The only saving grace was that the running game actually managed to finish 4th in the league, with Carlos Hyde having had to carry the load for this team. The probelm is that Brian Hoyer is only a good back up, he's not a starter. New coach Kyle Shanahan is going to have his work cut out this year. Their best bet is tanking and hoping to find a franchise QB in next years draft.

DEFENCE

On the other side of the ball, things don't look much better. The Niners had the worst offence in football in total yards, rush yards and points allowed. A recipe for disaster. The only saving grace to this team is that they used both first round picks on excellent promising defenders in Soloman Thomas and Reuben Foster. Luckily this unit is very young, so hopefully with enough good coaching and experience this team can only get better. At least you hope so for the 49ers faithful.

MVP

DeForest Buckner, DE

On a team lacking much talent on either side of the ball, it's not that easy to try and find their most valuable player. However, last year's first round pick DeForest Buckner showed enough promise that he may become the next big star at defensive end. Buckner had a ton of hype surrounding him coming out of Oregon, and the Niners fell in love with him, selecting him no.7 overall.

Buckner had a solid rookie season, recording 6 sacks and 73 total tackles. He is a mountain of a man at 6ft 7" and over 300lbs. Not only does his size make him one of the most intimidating presences on defence, but the way he moves for his size is damn right scary. Someone that big shouldn't be as athletic as Buckner. The sky is the ceiling for this young man, and he's one of the few shinning lights that 49ers fans can look forward to this season.

Other notable players: RB - Carlos Hyde. WR - Pierre Garcon. DE - Soloman Thomas (R). DE - Arik Armstead. LB - Reuben Foster (R). S - Eric Reid.

Uniforms

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Levi's Stadium

Levi's Stadium is one of the newer stadiums in the NFL, having only opened in 2014. It's located in Santa Clara, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately 40 miles from San Francisco.

Capacity: 68,500

San Francisco

State: California

Population: 864,816

San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It's known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. The Financial District's Transamerica Pyramid is its most distinctive skyscraper. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison.

Records

Super Bowls

1981
(XVI)

1984
(XIX)

1988
(XXIII)

1989
(XXIV)

1994
(XXIX)

Conference Champions

NFC Champions - 6

Division Champions

NFC West - 19

Playoff Appearances

AAFC - 1

NFL - 25

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 560 Losses: 464 Ties: 16

Post Season

Wins: 31 Losses: 21

Total

Wins: 591 Losses: 485 Ties: 16

Hall of Famers - 15

Leo Nomellini, DT - Class of 1969

Joe Perry, FB - Class of 1969

Hugh McElhenny, HB - Class of 1970

Y.A. Tittle, QB - Class of 1971

Bob St. Clair, T - Class of 1990

Bill Walsh, Coach - Class of 1993

Jimmy Johnson, CB - Class of 1994

Joe Montana, QB - Class of 2000

Ronnie Lott, CB/S - Class of 2000

Dave Wilcox, LB - Class of 2000

Steve Young, QB - Class of 2005

Fred Dean, DE - Class of 2008

Jerry Rice, WR - Class of 2010

Charles Haley, DE - Class of 2015

Edward DeBartolo, Jr, Owner - Class of 2016

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