The NFL’s two conference-leading teams will face off on Monday night, when the 49ers host the Ravens. And Santa’s bringing an extra present for us, because the Niners will be wearing their red throwbacks.
This will be the second time this year that the 49ers have worn the red retro design. They previously wore it on Sept. 21, when they defeated the Giants, 30-12.
The Niners have worn their white throwbacks one time this season. That was on Thanksgiving, when they defeated the Seahawks, 31-13. Here’s how that uniform looked:
The throwbacks are based on what the Niners wore in 1955, although the team used red helmets in those days:
The throwbacks debuted in 1994 as part of the NFL’s 75th-anniversary retro program. The 49ers received permission to keep wearing the throwbacks in that year’s postseason, ultimately wearing them in their Super Bowl XXIX victory over the Chargers. The white throwbacks returned in 2018 and were joined by a reprise of the red throwbacks in 2021.
Two other teams will be wearing throwbacks this weekend: the Dolphins and Bears. In addition to the three teams going retro this weekend, 16 other NFL teams have worn throwback this season: the Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Jets, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Titans, and Vikings.