And the coaches? Jim Harbaugh just turned a 6-10 team into the second best in the NFC. Bill Walsh remains the Einstein of NFL history. Red Hickey, head coach from 1959-63, invented the “shotgun” formation which is now a part of every NFL team’s offense.
But the 49ers' brightest moments have come on the field. As they prepare for Saturday's big game against the Saints, here are the team's greatest plays from their often exhilarating, sometimes maddening 66-year history.