The game was tight throughout. The teams combined for 5 field goals, and battled to a 3—3 score by the end of the second quarter, the first halftime tie in Super Bowl history. Cincinnati's only touchdown, a yard kickoff return by Stanford Jennings in the third quarter, was quickly answered by a four-play, yard drive that ended with San Francisco wide receiver Jerry Rice 's yard touchdown reception.
Rice, who was named the Super Bowl MVP , caught 11 passes for a Super Bowl record yards and a touchdown, while also rushing once for 5 yards. Originally, the selection was to be voted on during the May 23—25, meetings.
But after Craig was tackled for a 1-yard loss on the next play, Fulcher broke up a third-down pass intended for Taylor, and then Cofer's ensuing yard field attempt sailed wide right. His next pass went to the right sideline, 7 yards to Rice, which was then followed up by a pair of runs by Craig to reach their own yard line. National Football League Championship Games —present. This was the second meeting between these two teams in the Super Bowl; their first meeting was seven years earlier. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Tottenham Hotspur Dele Alli We have an amazing collection over over , cards Quickly shipping all orders, even international orders.
The bidding cities included: This was the last Super Bowl played on the second to last Sunday in January. This was also the last east coast Super Bowl that began under daylight. They had made the playoffs in the three seasons between Super Bowl XIX and Super Bowl XXIII, but were eliminated each time in the first round, primarily because of the poor performances by their offensive stars in those games; quarterback Joe Montana , receiver Jerry Rice , and running back Roger Craig all failed to produce a single touchdown.
The previous season's 36—24 playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings had been a particularly low point for Montana, who had played so poorly that head coach Bill Walsh had benched him early in the third quarter.
In the season, San Francisco won the NFC West with a 10—6 regular season record, but it was a long uphill battle. The team had a quarterback controversy with Montana and Steve Young each starting during the season. But after a 6—5 start, Montana led the 49ers to win four of their final five regular season games.
Montana finished the regular season with completions for 2, yards and 18 touchdowns, and also added rushing yards. His favorite target was Rice, who recorded 64 receptions for 1, yards a Craig was also a key contributor, leading the team in receptions 76 while finishing the season with a total of 2, combined rushing and receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, earning him the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. Fullback Tom Rathman also made a big impact, rushing for yards and catching 42 passes for yards. San Francisco also had a major special teams threat in second-year receiver John Taylor , who led the NFL in punt return yards , yards per return, He also gained yards on kickoff returns and receiving yards on just 14 receptions a McKyer led the team with 7, while Lott recorded 5.
Linebacker Charles Haley was also a big contributor with The Bengals were also a team on the rebound. During the strike-shortened season , quarterback Boomer Esiason and head coach Sam Wyche had openly feuded, and the team finished with a miserable 4—11 record. A lot of Bengals fans would have been happy to see them both leave the team, but they worked out their differences in the offseason, and Esiason ended up having the best season of his career en route to Super Bowl XXIII.
During the regular season, he threw for 3, yards and 28 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions, while also rushing for yards and a touchdown on 43 carries. Esiason's performance made him the top-rated quarterback in the league with a Cincinnati had a number of offensive weapons, boasting six Pro Bowl selections. Wide receiver Eddie Brown was the top receiver on the team, with 54 receptions for 1, yards and 9 touchdowns, setting franchise records for most receiving yards in season, highest yards per catch average in a season Wide receiver Tim McGee and Pro Bowl tight end Rodney Holman were also major threats, combining for 75 receptions, 1, yards, and 9 touchdowns.
Rookie fullback Ickey Woods was their top rusher with 1, yards and 15 touchdowns, while also catching 21 passes for yards and gaining a lot of media attention with his " Ickey Shuffle ", a dance routine he did in the end zone to celebrate his touchdowns. Multi-talented running back James Brooks was also a key contributor, gaining a total of 1, combined rushing and receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
With all these weapons, Cincinnati's offense led the NFL in scoring points , rushing yards 2, , and total yards 6, The Bengals' defense ranked 17th in the league, allowing 5, yards and points during the regular season.
Cincinnati had a superb defensive line [ citation needed ] , led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tim Krumrie , along with linemen Jim Skow 9. Their linebacking corps was led by year veteran Reggie Williams , one of six players remaining from their Super Bowl team.
Pro Bowl defensive backs Eric Thomas and David Fulcher combined for 12 interceptions, while safety Lewis Billups added 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. The team ended up winning the AFC Central with a 12—4 record. Woods was the key contributor in both wins, rushing for a combined total of yards and 3 touchdowns. Cincinnati's 17th-ranked defense during the season made a major improvement in the playoffs, holding both their opponents to a combined total of 23 points and recording 5 interceptions. Meanwhile, Bill Walsh guided the 49ers to crushing playoff wins over the Minnesota Vikings , 34—9 and the Chicago Bears , 28—3.
With the win over the Bears, the 49ers became the first road team to win an NFC Championship Game since the season. Despite the Bengals' superior regular season record and Esiason's MVP award, the 49ers were heavily favored to win the Super Bowl, mainly because of Montana.
Esiason was also suffering from a sore left throwing shoulder, although the Bengals tried to keep it under wraps and made up for a lack of big-play passing attack with a run-heavy offense led by Woods and Brooks against their first two playoff opponents, Seattle and Buffalo. While Montana had his ups and downs during the regular season, he appeared to be playing his best in the postseason, throwing for yards and 5 touchdowns in his two playoff games, with only 1 interception.
In contrast, the sore-shouldered Esiason had thrown for only yards and 1 touchdown, with 2 interceptions, in the Bengals' two playoff victories. While in Miami, Cincinnati suffered a major blow even before the game began. On the night before the Super Bowl, Stanley Wilson , the Bengals' best fullback and their third-leading rusher during the season with yards, was caught using cocaine in his hotel room. The Bengals had no choice but to leave him off the roster. It was Wilson's third violation of the league's drug policy, and as a result he was banned from the league for life.
Both coaches had a long history with each other. In , 49ers coach Bill Walsh had talked Sam Wyche out of retirement to come and join the team as an assistant coach. The rematch was the third time in Super Bowl history two teams were meeting for a second time. On January 16, a Hispanic Miami police officer shot and killed a speeding black motorcyclist in the Overtown section of Miami.
A television van and several automobiles and buildings were set on fire, and police used tear gas against the rioters. Rumors began that the Super Bowl might be moved to Tampa , and the incident later prompted the NFL to look at the league's hiring of minorities and its lack of black coaches. This would be Olsen's final Super Bowl broadcast, as he was demoted the following season to make room for retiring 49ers head coach Bill Walsh.
NBC also introduced their "cursive font" logo during this broadcast. The movie Brotherhood of the Rose aired after the game. AFN continued their announcements and did not get back to the game until after the touchdown. AFN viewers saw the winning touchdown in replay. Singer Billy Joel later sang the national anthem. He also sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLI , which coincidentally was held at the same venue.
This was the last outdoor Super Bowl to start earlier than 6 p. Eastern Standard Time, as it started just after 5 p. Ironically, not one actual Elvis Presley song was performed. Several scenes included computer generated 3-D images. Prior to the game, Coca-Cola distributed 3-D glasses at retailers for viewers to use.
At the onset of the halftime show, primary sponsor Diet Coke aired the first commercial in 3-D Coca-Cola had originally planned to use the 3-D Diet Coke commercial as part of the —, aired in 3-D season finale of Moonlighting , but withdrew plans due to the Writers Guild of America Strike. On the third play of the game, 49ers tackle Steve Wallace was taken off the field with a broken ankle. Later on, Bengals defensive lineman Tim Krumrie twisted his ankle nearly degrees, shattering two bones in his left leg.
After the two teams traded punts on their first drives of the game, the 49ers, aided by a roughing the passer penalty and a yard screen pass to fullback Tom Rathman on 3rd-and, marched 73 yards from their own 3-yard line to the Bengals But dropped passes, including one by receiver Mike Wilson on the 2-yard line the first time in a Super Bowl that instant replay was used to reverse a call , forced them to settle for a yard field goal from kicker Mike Cofer.
On the 49ers' next drive, Montana threw a pass to wide receiver Jerry Rice , who first tipped it to himself and then made a one-handed catch before stepping out of bounds at the San Francisco yard line. Then after reaching the Cincinnati yard line, Montana spotted defensive back Lewis Billups trying to cover Rice one-on-one and made him pay for it by completing a pass to the receiver at the But two plays later on a third-down play, Bengals safety David Fulcher made a touchdown saving tackle at the 2-yard line to keep Rathman from scoring. Cofer then attempted a yard field goal, but a poor snap from center Randy Cross though NBC's Dick Enberg initially blamed backup guard Chuck Thomas; who lined up next to Cross and split long-snapping duties; primarily on punts threw off the kicker's timing and his kick sailed wide left.
Cofer succeeded Rich Karlis , who missed a yard field goal in Super Bowl XXI , as the kicker with the shortest missed field goal in Super Bowl history, a record that still holds. The 49ers then forced the Bengals to punt on their next drive. On the play, San Francisco Pro Bowl punt returner John Taylor misplayed punter Lee Johnson 's kick, and it sailed over his head, bouncing all the way to the 49ers 9-yard line to make it a Super Bowl record yard punt.
But Taylor made up for his mistake by chasing the ball down and returning it for a then-Super Bowl record 45 yards to the Bengals yard line. Thanks to Taylor, a seemingly routine punt had turned into a double record setter.
Taylor's Super Bowl record for longest punt return stood for 27 seasons until Super Bowl 50 , when Denver Broncos ' return specialist Jordan Norwood had a yard return. However, the 49ers were unable to take advantage of their excellent starting field position. On first down, running back Harry Sydney fumbled a pitch from Montana and was downed for a yard loss after he dove on the ball.
On the next play, Montana was sacked by defensive lineman David Grant who replaced Krumrie at nose tackle.
Then on third down, Fulcher forced a fumble from 49ers running back Roger Craig , and Bengals defensive end Jim Skow recovered the ball on his own yard line. Cincinnati then drove to the San Francisco yard line, but after 2 incomplete passes and defensive end Danny Stubbs 's 8-yard sack on Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason , they were forced to punt.
However, Johnson pinned the 49ers back at their own yard line with his punt. Then the Cincinnati defense limited the 49ers to just 1 yard on their ensuing drive, and ended up with great field position after defensive back Ray Horton returned San Francisco punter Barry Helton 's yard punt 5 yards to the 49ers yard line. On their ensuing drive, the Bengals managed to get into scoring range by driving 28 yards to the San Francisco yard line, assisted by an yard completion from Esiason to receiver Tim McGee.
But after Esiason's third down pass intended for wide receiver Eddie Brown was overthrown, they were forced to settle for kicker Jim Breech 's yard field goal with 1: The two teams went into their locker rooms tied 3—3, the first halftime tie in Super Bowl history, and the lowest halftime score since the Pittsburgh Steelers took a 2—0 halftime lead over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX.
On their opening possession in the second half, the Bengals managed to get a sustained drive going, moving the ball 61 yards in 12 plays and taking 9: Esiason, who completed only 4 of 12 passes for 48 yards in the first half, completed 3 of 4 passes for 54 yards on the drive, including a yard completion to James Brooks and yard and yard completions to Cris Collinsworth , setting up a yard field goal from Breech to give the Bengals their first lead of the game, 6—3.
Cincinnati then forced San Francisco to punt, but on the first play of their next drive, 49ers rookie linebacker Bill Romanowski intercepted a pass from Esiason at the Bengals yard line. However, after a dropped pass by Rice, the 49ers' offense could not get a first down, and they had to settle for Cofer's yard field goal to tie the game, With less than a minute left in the third quarter, it appeared that this would become the first Super Bowl ever to go three quarters without either team scoring a touchdown.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Stanford Jennings received the ball at the 7-yard line, ran straight up the middle behind a wedge of blockers, and burst out of the pack into the open field. Jennings joined Fulton Walker as the only other player at that time to return a kickoff for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Refine more Format Format. Best Match Best Match. Items in search results.
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