Five Trips, Five Rings
49ers' five trips to the Super Bowl
The 49ers have reached the Super Bowl five times in franchise history and are a perfect 5-0 in those contests, claiming league championships in the 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1994 seasons.
Super Bowl XVI -- 49ers 26, Bengals 21 -- Jan. 24, 1982
It was the start of a dynasty with the combination of head coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana, as the third-year quarterback led his team to a 20-0 halftime lead at Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Montana earned his first Super Bowl MVP honor after completing 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown, and rushing for 18 yards and a second score. Bengals linebacker Reggie Williams: "We didn't know what to expect, given the mentality of their coach. Plus, he had that extra week to prepare them."
Super Bowl XIX -- 49ers 38, Dolphins 16 -- Jan. 20, 1985
Favored by just 3.5 points over Dan Marino and the Dolphins, Joe Montana got back to work in the big game, throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns on 24 of 35 passing. Instead of the predicted Marino-Montana shootout, the 49ers defense put the clamps on Miami, intercepting Marino twice, sacking him four times and allowing just 25 rushing yards on the game. Meanwhile, the 49ers offense amassed what was a Super Bowl record 537 yards behind Roger Craig, who rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown and had 77 receiving yards and two scores through the air. 49ers quarterback Joe Montana: "You don't mind being overlooked that much, but sometimes it seemed (the media) forgot there were two teams in the game. It got to all of us after a while. But you couldn't argue with Dan's statistics. He had a great season."
Super Bowl XXIII -- 49ers 20, Bengals 16 -- Jan. 22, 1989
Jerry Rice may have been the game's MVP, but his counterpart won the glory when John Taylor hauled in Joe Montana's game-winning touchdown pass with 34 seconds remaining. The 49ers trailed 16-13 with 3:10 to play when Montana and the 49ers took over on their own eight-yard line. Montana advanced his Super Bowl record to 3-0, leading the 49ers to the winning touchdown. It was the 49ers' third Super Bowl win of the 80s. 49ers center Randy Cross: "That's Joe Montana. Primary receiver's covered, he goes to the No. 2 man, just like that -- reflex."
Super Bowl XXIV -- 49ers 55, Broncos 10 -- Jan. 28, 1990
The 49ers dismantled the Broncos by 45 points en route to their second consecutive Super Bowl victory, the fourth and final Super Bowl win for Joe Montana. It was George Seifert's first season as head coach, and he picked up right where Walsh left off, leading the team to a 14-2 regular season record with the two losses coming by a combined five points. Montana earned his third Super Bowl MVP honor for his five-touchdown day, going 22-for-29 for 297 yards. Three of his touchdowns went to Jerry Rice, who had 148 receiving yards. 49ers QB Joe Montana: "We have a lot of weapons -- an awful lot of weapons."
Super Bowl XXIX -- 49ers 49, Chargers 26 -- Jan. 29, 1995
Steve Young earned MVP honors for leading the 49ers past the Chargers and covering the 18.5-point spread in Miami, Florida. Young threw for a record six touchdown passes, completing 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards. He was also the top rusher of the game with 49 yards on the ground. His six touchdowns eclipsed Joe Montana's previously-held mark of five (set in 1989) and the game is seen Young's moment stepping out of Montana's shadow. Head coach Geroge Seifert: "Our offense can be very explosive. We put a lot of points on the board. If people aren't playing their best defensively, it does affect the psychology of the opposing team."