Super Bowl 52 is a little under two weeks away, and SB Nation is taking a look at some of the best moments in the history of the big game. Each NFL team site is offering up their best moment, and as a San Francisco 49ers fan, it’s a pretty easy call.
28 years ago yesterday, the 10-6 San Francisco 49ers faced the 12-4 Cincinnati Bengals at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. The 49ers already had two Super Bowls under their belt, the same amount Washington and the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders had in the 80s.
In spite of the Bengals having a better record, the 49ers were a touchdown favorite, according to Odds Shark. The 49ers won their first two playoff games in resounding fashion, beating the Minnesota Vikings 34-9 at Candlestick Park, and then going on the road to beat the Chicago Bears 28-3. The NFC had won six of the past seven Super Bowls, and it is not surprising the 49ers were favored in this one.
It ended up being a close back-and-forth affair, and it was capped by the second greatest moment in 49ers franchise history. The Bengals went into a prevent defense, and it was almost formulaic how the 49ers moved down the field to win. Joe Montana led the 49ers 92 yards down the field int he final 3:10, and connected with John Taylor for the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass.
Dwight Clark making The Catch got the dynasty going, and thus will remain the biggest play in franchise history for the foreseeable future. However, Joe Montana-to-John Taylor in Super Bowl 23 remains the second biggest play in franchise history, and the biggest in the team’s Super Bowl history. The goal line stand against the Bengals in Super Bowl 16 is an underrated moment in 49ers history, but Montana-to-Taylor remains the biggest.
You can watch the full game here, and check out some pictures below.
On a side note, I’m pretty sure this will remain my second favorite Super Bowl moment for now.