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Super Bowl XXIII

In a rematch of Super Bowl XVI, Elbert 'Icky' Woods and Boomer Esiason led the Cincinnati Bengals against Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and the San Francisco 49ers. 

After Super Bowl blowouts two years in a row courtesy of the Denver Broncos, fans were treated to perhaps the most exciting finish since Super Bowl V.

Both teams suffered serious injuries in the early going. San Francisco's left tackle Steve Wallace broke his leg three plays into the game and Cincinnati's nose tackle Tim Krumrie broke his leg in two places in the next series. The center of the field at Joe Robbie had been resodded a month before the game and was in bad shape. Groundskeepers ran out during the timeouts to try to stomp down the loose sod.

The teams managed only a pair of field goals each through the first 44 minutes before Bengal reserve running back Stanford Jennings took a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

San Francisco responded early in the fourth quarter with a four play driving culminating in a 14 yard pass from Montana to Rice leaving the game tied at 13.

After a punt by the Bengals and a missed 49 yard field goal attempt by 49er Mike Cofer, Esiason led the Bengals on a 10-play drive that was capped by a Jim Breech 40 yard field goal to give Cincy the lead at 16-13.

After a penalty on the ensuing kickoff, Joe Montana found himself trailing by three with 3:10 on the clock and the ball on the 49er eight yard line. Montana marched the 'Niners down the field with four passes each to Rice and Craig and found John Taylor open over the middle for a 10 yard score with only 34 seconds remaining.

Cincinnati was able to run four more plays after the kickoff, but got no further than their own 27 yard line.

SCORING
Cincinnati Bengals 0 3 10 3 16
San Francisco 49ers 3 0 3 14 20

SF–FG Cofer 41
Cin–FG Breech 34
Cin–FG Breech 43
SF–FG Cofer 32
Cin–Jennings 93 kickoff return (Breech kick)
SF–Rice 14 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)
Cin–FG Breech 40
SF–Taylor 10 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)

STARTING LINEUPS
Cincinnati (AFC) Offense San Francisco (NFC)
Tim McGee WR John Taylor
Anthony Munoz LT Steve Wallace
Bruce Reimers LG Jesse Sapolu
Bruce Kozerski C Randy Cross
Max Montoya RG Guy McIntyre
Brian Blados RT Harris Barton
Rodney Holman TE John Frank
Eddie Brown WR Jerry Rice
Boomer Esiason QB Joe Montana
James Brooks RB Roger Craig
Ickey Woods RB Tom Rathman
  Defense  
Jim Skow LE Larry Roberts
Tim Krumrie NT Michael Carter
Jason Buck RE Kevin Fagan
Leon White LOLB Charles Haley
Carl Zander LILB Jim Fahnhorst
Joe Kelly RILB Michael Walter
Reggie Williams ROLB Keena Turner
Lewis Billups LCB Tim McKyer
Eric Thomas RCB Don Griffin
David Fulcher SS Jeff Fuller
Solomon Wilcots FS Ronnie Lott

Substitutions

Cincinnati–Offense: K–Jim Breech. P–Lee Johnson. QB–Turk Schonert. RB–Stanford Jennings, Marc Logan. WR–Cris Collinsworth, Ira Hillary, Carl Parker. TE–Jim Riggs. G–Jim Rourke. T–Dave Smith. Defense: DE–Eddie Edwards, Skip McClendon. DT–David Grant. LB–Leo Barker, Ed Brady, Emanuel King. CB–Rickey Dixon, Ray Horton, Daryl Smith. S–Barney Bussey. DNP: QB–Mike Norseth.

San Francisco–Offense: K–Mike Cofer. P–Barry Helton. RB–Del Rodgers, Harry Sydney. WR–Terry Greer, Mike Wilson. TE–Ron Heller, Brent Jones. C–Chuck Thomas. G–Bruce Collie. T–Bubba Paris. Defense: DE–Pierce Holt, Pete Kugler, Jeff Stover, Danny Stubbs. LB–Riki Ellison, Sam Kennedy, Bill Romanowski. CB–Darryl Pollard, Eric Wright. S–Greg Cox, Tom Holmoe. DNP: QB–Steve Young.

Officials

Referee–Jerry Seeman. Umpire–Gordon Wells. Line Judge–Bob Beeks. Head Linesman–Jerry Bergman. Back Judge–Paul Baetz. Field Judge–Bobby Skelton. Side Judge–Gary Lane.

FINAL TEAM STATISTICS
  Bengals 49ers
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 13 23
Rushing 7 6
Passing 6 16
Penalty 0 1
TOTAL NET YARDAGE 229 453
Total Offensive Plays 58 67
Average Gain per Offensive Play 3.9 6.8
NET YARDS RUSHING 106 112
Total Rushing Plays 28 27
Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.8 4.1
NET YARDS PASSING 123 341
Pass Att.–Comp.–Int. 25–11–1 36–23–0
Times Sacked–Yards Lost 5–21 4–16
Gross Yards Passing 144 357
Avg. Gain per Pass (Incl. Sacks) 4.1 8.5
PUNTS–YARDS 5–221 4–148
Average Distance 44.2 37.0
Had Blocked 0 0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 137 133
Kickoff Returns–Yards 3–132 5–77
Punt Returns–Yards 2–5 3–56
Interception Returns–Yards 0–0 1–0
TOTAL TURNOVERS 1 1
Had Intercepted 1 0
Fumbles–Lost 1–0 4–1
PENALTIES–YARDS 7–65 4–32
TOTAL POINTS SCORED 16 20
Touchdowns Rushing 0 0
Touchdowns Passing 0 2
Touchdowns Returns 1 0
Extra Points 1 2
Field Goals–Attempts 3–3 2–4
Safeties 0 0
THIRD–DOWN EFFICIENCY 4/13 4/13
FOURTH–DOWN EFFICIENCY 0/1 0/0
TIME OF POSSESSION 32:43 27:17

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
Cincinnati No. Yds. Avg. Long TD
Woods 20 79 4.0 10 0
Brooks 6 24 4.0 11 0
Jennings 1 3 3.0 3 0
Esiason 1 0 0.0 0 0
San Francisco          
Craig 17 71 4.2 13 0
Rathman 5 23 4.6 11 0
Montana 4 13 3.3 11 0
Rice 1 5 5.0 5 0

 
PASSING
Cincinnati Att. Comp. Yds. Long TD Int.
Esiason 25 11 144 23 0 1
San Francisco            
Montana 36 23 357 44 2 0

 

RECEIVING
Cincinnati No. Yds. Long TD
Brown 4 44 17 0
Collinsworth 3 40 23 0
McGee 2 23 18 0
Brooks 1 20 20 0
Hillary 1 17 17 0
San Francisco        
Rice 11 215 44 1
Craig 8 101 40 0
Frank 2 15 8 0
Rathman 1 16 16 0
Taylor 1 10 10t 1

 

INTERCEPTIONS
Cincinnati No. Yds. Long TD
None        
San Francisco        
Romanowski 1 0 0 0

 

PUNTING
Cincinnati No. Yds. Avg. TB Long
Johnson 5 221 44.2 0 63
San Francisco          
Helton 4 148 37.0 0 55

 

PUNT RETURNS
Cincinnati No. FC Yds. Long TD
Horton 1 0 5 5 0
Hillary 1 0 0 0 0
San Francisco          
Taylor 3 1 56 45 0

 

KICKOFF RETURNS
Cincinnati No. Yds. Long TD
Jennings 2 117 93t 1
San Francisco        
Rodgers 3 53 22 0
Taylor 1 13 13 0
Sydney 1 11 11 0

 

FUMBLES
Cincinnati No. Own Rec. Opp. Rec.
Horton 0 1 0
Skow 0 0 1
Hillary 1 0 0
San Francisco      
Montana 2 1 0
Sydney 0 1 0
Pollard 0 1 0
Craig 1 0 0
Taylor 1 0 0

 

KICKING
Cincinnati XP–A FG–A FG Made FG Missed
Breech 1–1 3–3 34, 43, 40
San Francisco        
Cofer 2–2 2–4 41, 32 19, 49
 

 

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1988 SUPER BOWL XXIII

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Date: January 22, 1989

MVP: Jerry Rice

Stadium: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL

Attendance: 75,129

TV Audience: 110,780,000

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