Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday the San Francisco 49ers will play their second of three straight games against teams based in state of New York. This will be the second straight game against an opponent from the AFC East for the 49ers. Going back to December 1, 2010 the 49ers have posted a 10-1 record at Candlestick Park, with the only loss coming against the Cowboys in week two last season. Here is a preview of the 49ers versus Bills matchup and a look at behind the rivalry, numbers and connections.
Buffalo Bills (2-2) vs. San Francisco 49ers (3-1)
Stadium: Candlestick Park, grass and outdoors
Kickoff: Sunday, 1:25 p.m., PT/4:25 p.m., ET (CBS)
Spread: 49ers by 9.5
Forecast: Mild, 60 degrees, mixture of sun and clouds
The 49ers and Bills played their first game against each other on September 24, 1972. Since then the two teams have played a total of ten games with the all-time series split 5-5. Just like the game against the Jets last week, the 49ers face another team they don’t have much history against and it would be a stretch to call San Francisco vs. Buffalo a rivalry. In the last six games, from 1992-2008, the two teams have alternated wins with the 49ers winning the last game on November 30, 2008. The 49ers won that game 10-3 at Buffalo and linebacker Patrick Willis registered 16 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defensed.
The most memorable matchup between the 49ers and Bills was in 1992. It was a potential Super Bowl preview in week two of the 1992 season with the Bill winning 34-31 at Candlestick Park. There were three lead changes and the 49ers were up 24-13 heading into the halftime. Buffalo outscored San Francisco 21-7 in the second-half to win 34-31. Steve Young and Jim Kelly would pass for over 400 yards and three touchdowns each in the game. The 49ers offense recorded a franchise record 598 total yards. The Bills registered 488 total yards.
Both teams made the playoffs that season and went on to their respective conference championship game. But the 49ers lost to the Cowboys 30-20 in the NFC Championship game, while the Bills beat the Dolphins 29-10 in route to the third straight Super Bowl appearance. They would lose 52-17 to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.
- Matchups: 10
- Series record: Series tied 5-5
- 49ers home record vs. Bills: Series tied 3-3
- 49ers away record vs. Bills: Series tied 2-2
- First Meeting: September 24, 1972, Bills won 27-20, at Buffalo.
- Last Meeting: November 30, 2008, 49ers won 10-3, at Buffalo.
- Longest 49ers Win Streak: 2 (1983-1989)
- Longest Bills Win Streak: 2 (1972-1980)
- Most 49ers Points: 35 (December 2, 2001): 49ers 35 – Bills 0, at San Francisco.
- Most Bills Points: 41 (December 26, 2004): Bills 41 – 49ers 7, at San Francisco
- 49ers Shutouts: 1 (December 2, 2001
- Bills Shutouts: None
- 5: San Francisco has won five straight home games over AFC opponents. The Bills have lost five straight road games vs. NFC opponents.
- 11: The 49ers defense has not allowed a rushing TD in 11 consecutive home games.
- 3: Number of fumble recoveries for CB Carlos Rogers this season, which is a career-high and ranks 1st in the NFL.
- 167: Average rushing yards per game for the 49ers offense this season, ranking 3rd in the NFL.
- 158: Average rushing yards per game for the Bills offense this season, ranking 4th in the NFL.
- .909: Winning percentage since December 1, 2010 for the 49ers at home. They have a 10-1 record over that span.
- 32.8: The Bills have allowed 32.8 points per game this season which ranks 30th in the NFL.
- 32.1: The 49ers average starting field position on offense this season, ranking 2nd in the NFL.
- 39: This season the 49ers have outscored their opponents 104-65, a +39 scoring differential.
- 4: The 49ers have only had 4, 3-and-out drives in 2012.
- 4.5: Number of sacks by Aldon Smith which leads the Niners and is tied for 7th in the NFL.
- Bills WR Stevie Johnson was born in San Francisco, CA, and attended Rodriguez HS in Fairfield, CA.
- Bills LB Kirk Morrison is from Oakland, CA, and played with the Oakland Raiders from 2005-2009.
- Bills DB Delano Howell played for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.
- 49ers S Donte Whitner was the Buffalo Bills 1st round pick (8th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Bills from 2006-2010 before signing with the 49ers.
- 49ers TE/DT Demarcus Dobbs played with Bills T Cordy Glenn at the University of Georgia from 2008-2010.
- 49ers DT Ricky Jean Francois and Bills DT Kyle Williams were teammates at LSU in 2005.
- 49ers CB Chris Culliver and Bills DB Stephon Gilmore played in the same secondary at the University of South Carolina from 2009-2010.
- Ted Ginn Jr. had a career game as a member of the Miami Dolphins against the Bills in 2008 with 7 catches for 175 yards and a career-long 64-yd. reception. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
- With the New York Giants Brandon Jacobs rushed for a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries against Buffalo in 2007.
- 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback for the Chicago Bears while Bills assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt was the head coach for the Bears in 1993.
- Harbaugh was a quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts while Bills defensive backs coach George Catavolos was on the Indianapolis coaching staff in 1994.
- 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coach Brad Seely also worked with Catavolos with the Colts from 1989-93.
- 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Catavolos were on the same staff with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-97. Fangio and Catavolos also worked together with the Colts from 1999-2001.
- Bills special teams coordinator Bruce Dehaven held the same position for the 49ers from 2000-2002.