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Super Bowl XXIV

By Patrick Mondout

San Francisco came into Super Bowl XXIV looking for its second straight and fourth overall victory in the big game. This would put them in a tie with the great Steelers teams of the Super70s for the most victories in the big game. Denver, on the other hand was hoping to avoid a fourth loss and third in the last three years. A fourth loss would tie them with the almost great Minnesota Vikings teams of the Super70s, who also lost four Super Bowls.

American television viewers everywhere (including Denver) cringed at the thought of another Broncos debacle in the Super Bowl. With 24 million fewer viewers than the year before, Denver delivered as advertised.

Joe Montana found uncovered receivers all day and John Elway failed to find anyone open leading to what was then the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.

Montana received his record third MVP trophy on a 22-29, 297 yard, 5 touchdown, 0 interception performance. San Francisco's defense kept Denver's offense off the field for nearly two-thirds of the game.

SCORING
San Francisco 49ers 13 14 14 14 55
Denver Broncos 3 0 7 0 10

SF–Rice 20 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)
Den–FG Treadwell 42
SF–Jones 7 pass from Montana (kick failed)
SF–Rathman 1 run (Cofer kick)
SF–Rice 38 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)
SF–Rice 28 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)
SF–Taylor 35 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)
Den–Elway 3 run (Treadwell kick)
SF–Rathman 3 run (Cofer kick)
SF–Craig 1 run (Cofer kick)

STARTING LINEUPS
San Francisco (NFC) Offense Denver (AFC)
John Taylor WR Vance Johnson
Bubba Paris LT Gerald Perry
Guy McIntyre LG Jim Juriga
Jesse Sapolu C Keith Kartz
Bruce Collie RG Doug Widell
Harris Barton RT Ken Lanier
Brent Jones TE Orson Mobley
Jerry Rice WR Mark Jackson
Joe Montana QB John Elway
Roger Craig RB Steve Sewell
Tom Rathman RB Bobby Humphrey
  Defense  
Pierce Holt LE Alphonso Carreker
Michael Carter NT Greg Kragen
Kevin Fagan DT Ron Holmes
Charles Haley LOLB Michael Brooks
Matt Millen LILB Rick Dennison
Michael Walter RILB Karl Mecklenburg
Keena Turner ROLB Simon Fletcher
Darryl Pollard LCB Tyrone Braxton
Don Griffin RCB Wymon Henderson
Chet Brooks SS Dennis Smith
Ronnie Lott FS

Steve Atwater

Substitutions

San Francisco–Offense: K–Mike Cofer. P–Barry Helton. QB–Steve Young. RB–Terrence Flagler, Harry Sydney, Spencer Tillman. WR–Mike Sherrard, Mike Wilson. TE–Wesley Walls, Jamie Williams. C–Chuck Thomas. T–Steve Wallace. G–Terry Tausch. Defense: DE–Larry Roberts, Danny Stubbs. NT–Jim Burt, Pete Kugler. LB–Keith DeLong, Steve Hendrickson, Bill Romanowski. CB–Tim McKyer, Eric Wright. S–Johnny Jackson.

Denver–Offense: K–David Treadwell. P–Mike Horan. QB–Gary Kubiak. RB–Ken Bell, Melvin Bratton, Sammy Winder. WR–Ricky Nattiel, Michael Young. TE–Paul Green, Clarence Kay. C–Keith Bishop. G–Monte Smith. Defense: DE–Warren Powers, Andre Townsend. NT–Brad Henke. LB–Scott Curtis, Bruce Klostermann, Tim Lucas, Marc Munford. CB–Darren Carrington, Mark Haynes. S–Kip Corrington, Randy Robbins.

Officials

Referee–Dick Jorgensen. Umpire–Hendi Ancich. Line Judge–Ron Blum. Head Linesman–Earnie Frantz. Back Judge–Al Jury. Field Judge–Don Orr. Side Judge–Gerry Austin. Replay Official–Al Sabato.

FINAL TEAM STATISTICS
  49ers Broncos
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 28 12
Rushing 14 5
Passing 14 6
Penalty 0 1
TOTAL NET YARDAGE 461 167
Total Offensive Plays 77 52
Average Gain per Offensive Play 6.0 3.2
NET YARDS RUSHING 144 64
Total Rushing Plays 44 17
Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.3 3.8
NET YARDS PASSING 317 103
Pass Att.–Comp.–Int. 32–24–0 29–11–2
Times Sacked–Yards Lost 1–0 6–33
Gross Yards Passing 317 136
Avg. Gain per Pass (Incl. Sacks) 9.6 2.9
PUNTS–YARDS 4–158 6–231
Average Distance 39.5 38.5
Had Blocked 0 0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 129 207
Kickoff Returns–Yards 3–49 9–196
Punt Returns–Yards 3–38 2–11
Interception Returns–Yards 2–42 0–0
TOTAL TURNOVERS 0 4
Fumbles–Lost 0–0 3–2
Had Intercepted 0 2
PENALTIES–YARDS 4–38 0–0
TOTAL POINTS SCORED 55 10
Touchdowns Rushing 3 1
Touchdowns Passing 5 0
Touchdowns Returns 0 0
Extra Points 7 1
Field Goals–Attempts 0–0 1–1
Safeties 0 0
THIRD–DOWN EFFICIENCY 8/15 3/11
FOURTH–DOWN EFFICIENCY 2/2 0/0
TIME OF POSSESSION 39:31 20:29

 
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
San Francisco No. Yds. Avg. Long TD
Craig 20 69 3.5 18 1
Rathman 11 38 3.5 18 2
Montana 2 15 7.5 10 0
Flagler 6 14 2.3 10 0
S. Young 4 6 1.5 11 0
Sydney 1 2 2.0 2 0
Denver          
Humphrey 12 61 5.1 34 0
Elway 4 8 2.0 3t 1
Winder 1 –5 –5.0 –5 0

 
PASSING
San Francisco Att. Comp. Yds. Long TD Int.
Montana 29 22 297 38t 5 0
S. Young 3 2 20 13 0 0
Denver            
Elway 26 10 108 27 0 2
Kubiak 3 1 28 28 0 0

 

RECEIVING
San Francisco No. Yds. Long TD
Rice 7 148 38t 3
Craig 5 34 12 0
Rathman 4 43 18 0
Taylor 3 49 35t 1
Sherrard 1 13 13 0
Walls 1 9 9 0
Jones 1 7 7t 1
Sydney 1 7 7 0
Williams 1 7 7 0
Denver        
Humphrey 3 38 27 0
Sewell 2 22 12 0
Johnson 2 21 13 0
Nattiel 1 28 28 0
Bratton 1 14 14 0
Winder 1 7 7 0
Kay 1 6 6 0

 

INTERCEPTIONS
San Francisco No. Yds. Long TD
C. Brooks 1 38 38 0
Walter 1 4 4 0
Denver        
None        

 

PUNTING
San Francisco No. Yds. Avg. TB Long
Helton 4 158 39.5 0 47
Denver          
Horan 6 231 38.5 0 43

 

PUNT RETURNS
San Francisco No. FC Yds. Long TD
Taylor 3 2 38 17 0
Denver          
Johnson 2 1 11 7 0

 

KICKOFF RETURNS
San Francisco No. Yds. Long TD
Flagler 3 49 22 0
Denver        
Carrington 6 146 39 0
Bell 2 41 24 0
Bratton 1 9 9 0

 

FUMBLES
San Francisco No. Own Rec. Opp. Rec.
C. Brooks 0 0 1
Stubbs 0 0 1
Denver      
Humphrey 1 0 0
Elway 2 1 0

 

KICKING
San Francisco XP–A FG–A FG Made FG Missed
Cofer 7–8 0–0
Denver        
Treadwell 1–1 1–1 42
 

 

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1989 SUPER BOWL XXIV

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Date: January 28, 1990

MVP: Joe Montana

Stadium: Superdome

Attendance: 72,919

TV Audience: 86,000,000

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