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Tim Lincecum-like 49ers Defenses Have 'Pitched' 32 Shutouts All-time

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Like baseball, we have the shutout. So, to honor San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum's no-no on Wednesday night, we will use this (Throwback) Thursday to relive every time the 49ers put a zero on the board.


You can't throw a perfect game in football. Not even a no-hitter -- our sport is all about hitting.

But, like baseball, we have the shutout.

So, to honor San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum's no-no on Wednesday night, we will use this (Throwback) Thursday to relive every time the 49ers put a zero on the board.

Including the playoffs, there are 32 of them. And, after some research, it's clear the Rams are to the 49ers what the Padres are to Lincecum; he has no-hit the San Diego twice and San Francisco has silenced Los Angeles/St. Louis eight times.

Let's countdown the whole list by date...

32. Nov. 30, 1946: 49ers 14, Rockets 0

San Francisco defensive back Ed Balatti returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown to finish off Chicago.

31. Sept. 12, 1948: 49ers 41, Yankees 0

San Francisco's Paul Crowe returned a pick 39 yards to finish the onslaught versus New York.

30. Oct. 12, 1952: 49ers 28, Lions 0

Detroit was limited to 65 yards of production, plus just four first downs.

29. Dec. 5, 1954: 49ers 35, Packers 0

San Francisco played keep-away from Green Bay, handing the ball to running back Joe Perry 20 times; he rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown.

28. Oct. 4, 1959: 49ers 34, Rams 0

In this era of 12-game seasons, the then-Los Angeles team went 2-10 in '59.

27. Oct. 1, 1961: 49ers 49, Lions 0

San Francisco would induce six turnovers from Detroit.

26. Oct. 8, 1961: 49ers 35, Rams 0

San Francisco would silence Los Angeles yet again but would go the ensuing decade without another shutout.

25. Oct. 17, 1971: 49ers 13, Bears 0

In this era of 14-game seasons, Chicago would go 6-8 overall; they committed six turnovers in this game alone.

24. Dec. 10, 1972: 49ers 20, Falcons 0

Atlanta fumbled the ball five times, losing three of them while tossing an interception.

23. Oct. 21, 1973: 49ers 40, Saints 0

New Orleans had more turnovers (three) than first downs (two) while racking up a grand total of 82 yards.

22. Nov. 17, 1974: 49ers 34, Bears 0

In 39-degree weather at Soldier Field, San Francisco began its consecutive-week shutout streak.

21. Nov. 24, 1974: 49ers 27, Falcons 0

Atlanta's offensive unit accounted for three interceptions and three lost fumbles.

20. Oct. 11, 1976: 49ers 16, Rams 0

Los Angeles was sacked 10 times and stifled to the post of 104 passing yards.

19. Oct. 23, 1976: 49ers 15, Falcons 0

Atlanta fumbled four times, was intercepted twice and suffered a safety to start the game.

18. Nov. 23, 1980: 49ers 12, Giants 0

San Francisco defensive lineman Jim Stuckey sacked New York quarterback Phil Simms in the end zone for the quirky score.

17. Nov. 13, 1983: 49ers 27, Saints 0

San Francisco pass-rusher Fred Dean recorded six of the defense's nine sacks.


16. Oct. 28, 1984: 49ers 33, Rams 0

At Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles fumbled five times and threw two interceptions.

15. Jan. 6, 1985: 49ers 23, Bears 0

San Francisco allowed 92 rushing yards to Walter Payton but held Chicago's aerial attack to 37 yards in the NFC Championship game immediately before their Super Bowl victory.

14. Nov. 23, 1986: 49ers 20, Falcons 0

San Francisco pass-rusher Charles Haley recorded three of the defense's eight sacks.

13. Dec. 14, 1987: 49ers 41, Bears 0

Jim Harbaugh, sharing time at quarterback with Mike Tomczak for Chicago, was 8-of-11 for 62 yards passing, but his offense fumbled three times.

12. Dec. 27, 1987: 49ers 48, Rams 0

Los Angeles came up with 145 yards of total offense and recorded 14 fewer first downs, nine, than San Francisco.

11. Dec. 24, 1989: 49ers 26, Bears 0

Harbaugh threw an interception in four attempts and rushed for 44 yards on seven attempts.


10. Sept. 8, 1996: 49ers 34, Rams 0

In this game during their second season in St. Louis, the Rams mustered just 105 yards and moved the chains only six times.

9. Dec. 29, 1996: 49ers 14, Eagles 0

San Francisco intercepted Philadelphia quarterbacks three times to win the Wild Card playoff game.

8. Oct. 26, 1997: 49ers 23, Saints 0

San Francisco kicker Gary Angerson had more yards of field goal kicks (116) than New Orleans quarterbacks had passing yards (87).

7. Oct. 11, 1998: 49ers 31, Saints 0

San Francisco pass-rusher Chris Doleman recorded four of the team's seven sacks.

6. Dec. 17, 2000: 49ers 17, Bears 0

Chicago's offense managed just 104 total yards and eight first downs.

5. Dec. 2, 2001: 49ers 35, Bills 0

Buffalo quarterback Alex Van Pelt threw four interceptions and the team fumbled once.

4. Dec. 16, 2001: 49ers 21, Dolphins 0

Miami quarterback Jay Fiedler threw three interceptions and the team fumbled twice overall.

3. Dec. 4, 2009: 49ers 35, Rams 0

St. Louis went 1-15 overall that year.

2. Dec. 4, 2011: 49ers 27, Rams 0

Like in the ensuing game, linebacker Aldon Smith recorded two sacks.

1. Sept. 30, 2012: 49ers 34, Jets 0

Before 79,088 fans, San Francisco held the home team to 145 yards and nine first downs.

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