Friday, February 1, 2013

San Francisco 49ers Superbowl History & Prediction

1981 Superbowl XVI vs Cincinnati Bengals
January 24, 1982
Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit
Final Score: 26-21
Key Moment: Up 20-7 in the 3rd quarter, the 49ers defense stuff the Bengals 4 times from inside the 3 yd line.
MVP: Joe Montana, 157 yards, 1 TD; 18 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD
Notes: Montana and Walsh shock the world by taking a 6 win team to a 13 win championship team, announcing their arrival to NFL dominance.

1984 Superbowl XIX vs Miami Dolphins
January 20, 1985
Stadium: Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Final Score: 38-16
Key Moment: Montana leads 3 straight TD drives to open up 18 point lead in 2nd quarter.
MVP: Joe Montana, 331 yards, 3 TDs; 59 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD
Notes: In essentially a home game, Montana destroys the much heralded Marino to prove the 49ers' first SB was no fluke. 

1988 Superbowl XXIII vs Cincinnati Bengals
January 22, 1989
Stadium: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami
Final Score: 20-16
Key Moment: Down 3 points on the 8 yard line with 3:10 left, Montana leads a 11 play drive, culminating in Taylor's 10 yard TD catch.
MVP: Jerry Rice, 11 receptions, 215 yards, 1 TD
Notes: Montana becomes legendary with the greatest comeback drive in NFL history.

1989 Superbowl XXIV vs Denver Broncos
January 28, 1990
Stadium: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
Final Score: 55-10
Key Moment: 49ers score TDs on 6 of first 8 possessions.  Early 3rd quarter, Montana's 28 yard TD to Rice immediately after an Elway INT pushed the score to 34-3, snuffing out any last comeback hopes.
MVP: Joe Montana, 297 yards, 5 TDs. 
Notes: Montana's last superbowl was his best performance, cementing his status as best ever.

1994 Superbowl XXIX vs San Diego Chargers
January 29, 1995
Stadium: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami
Final Score: 49-26
Key Moment: 49ers score 2 TDs in each of the first 3 quarters.
MVP: Steve Young, 325 yards, 6 TDs; 49 yards rushing
Notes: Young gets the monkey off his back with the single greatest performance in SB history.  49ers are the first franchise to achieve 5 Superbowl championships.

Superbowl Prediction:

2012 Superbowl XLVII vs Baltimore Ravens
February 3, 2013
Stadium: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
Final Score: 34-23
Key Moment: Kaepernick leads 4th quarter TD drive to go up by 2 scores.
MVP: Frank Gore, 107 yards, 2 TDs.
Notes: 49ers dominate line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and applies enough pressure to Flacco to minimize the deep threat.  Akers makes both FG attempts.

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