The 49ers got so close to the ultimate prize last season, only to fall just short of hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. They return most of their key players this season, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who will try to follow-up his breakout 2012 season.
The San Francisco 49ers were established in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and joined the NFL in 1950 during the two leagues' merger. The name 49ers comes from "Forty-niners," the name given to the gold prospectors who arrived in Northern California around 1849 during the California Gold Rush. The 49ers wear scarlet and gold colors. The 49ers have had some of the best players the NFL has ever seen, with 12 Hall of Famers including Steve Young, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, and legendary coach Bill Walsh. As one of the most successful franchises in the NFL's history, the 49ers have won five Super Bowls and given fans tons of memorable moments, from the Catch to Super Bowl XXIII. The 49ers' biggest rivalry is against the Dallas Cowboys. The two franchises have been rivals since the 1970s.