49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21 Super Bowl XVI Jan. 24, 1982 Silverdome (Pontiac, Mich.) Key moment: The 49ers (16-3) stopped the Bengals from scoring on four straight plays on a series that started from the 49ers' 3-yard line in the third quarter. The hero: Quarterback Joe Montana staked the 49ers to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter by running for one touchdown and passing for another. More important, the third-year pro played mistake-free football on the biggest stage. Telling stat: The Bengals committed four turnovers -- two interceptions, two fumbles -- while forcing only one.
Historical significance: This marked the 49ers' first Super Bowl appearance and laid the foundation for unparalleled postseason success for much of the next two decades. Quotable: "Winning that Super Bowl was extremely important to our organization," linebacker Keena Turner said years later. "That was really the beginning of us establishing an amazing run that the organization would have in winning five Super Bowls."
Quarterback Joe Montana led the the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories, including a 38-16 win over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford on Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo)
49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16 Super Bowl XIX Jan. 20, 1985 Stanford Stadium Key moment: The 49ers (18-1) blew open a close game with three straight touchdowns in the second quarter. The Dolphins (16-3) trailed 28-10 at that point and failed to come closer than 12 points the rest of the game. The hero: Montana passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 59 yards and one touchdown in outplaying counterpart Dan Marino and helping the 49ers outgun the potent Miami offense. Telling stats: The 49ers defense intercepted Marino twice and sacked him four times. Historical significance: The adage that a good defense beats a good offense held true once again as the 49ers' top-ranked scoring defense (14.2 points per game) limited the league's top-ranked offense to less than half its scoring average.
Quotable: "You don't mind being overlooked that much, but sometimes it seemed (the media) forgot there were two teams in the game," Montana said. "It got to all of us after awhile. But you couldn't argue with Dan's statistics. He had a great season."
Jerry Rice was named Super Bowl XXIII MVP after the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinatti Bengals 20-16 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida, January 22, 1989.
49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16 Super Bowl XXIII Jan. 22, 1989 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami) Key moment: Montana capped a 92-yard drive by threading a pass to wide receiver John Taylor in the back of the end zone with 34 seconds to play. The 49ers (13-6) had trailed 16-13 when the drive started. Taylor cemented himself in 49ers lore with a clutch catch of a laser pass. The hero: Montana passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter with the 49ers trailing, but the MVP was Jerry Rice, with 11 catches for 215 yards. Telling stat: The 49ers limited Boomer Esiason to 11-of-25 passing for 144 yards and one interception. Esiason also was sacked five times. Historical significance: The 49ers became the first NFC team with three Super Bowl victories. Quotable: "There, in the stands, standing near the exit ramp," Montana said to offensive tackle Harris Barton in the huddle before the game-winning drive. "Isn't that John Candy?"
49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10 Super Bowl XXIV Jan. 28, 1990 Superdome (New Orleans) Key moment: Defensive end Kevin Fagan caused Denver running back Bobby Humphrey to fumble at midfield on a first-down play. Strong safety Chet Brooks recovered for the 49ers (17-2), who parlayed the turnover into a touchdown that started a string of 34 unanswered points. The heroes: Montana passed for 297 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Jerry Rice caught seven passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Telling stat: The Broncos (13-6) committed four turnovers -- two John Elway interceptions and two fumbles -- whereas the 49ers executed 77 plays without a miscue. Historical significance: The 49ers joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only teams with four Super Bowl victories.
Quotable: "You know how they have that dream game?" 49ers safety Ronnie Lott said. "I'd like to match us up with any team now. Before the season, I said this team would be great. I had no idea it would be this great."
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young runs a victory lap after the 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Jan. 29, 1995 in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)
49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26 Super Bowl XXIX Jan. 29, 1995 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami) Key moment: Quarterback Steve Young connected with wide receiver Jerry Rice for a 44-yard touchdown on the third play of the game, giving the 49ers (16-3) a lead the overmatched Chargers (13-6) never threatened. The heroes: Rice caught 10 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Ricky Watters amassed 108 yards and three touchdowns rushing and receiving combined. Telling stats: Young passed for 325 yards and six touchdowns, without any interceptions, in finally quarterbacking the 49ers to a Super Bowl title. Historical significance: The 49ers moved past the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys for the most Super Bowl titles by winning their fifth. Quotable: "It was a rout -- that was my first thought," fullback William Floyd said of the 49ers scoring two quick touchdowns. "I was thinking, 'These guys can't stop us.' I told everyone at the beginning of the week that I had a dream, and in each of those dreams, the 49ers didn't lose once. I felt we could score 40 points against them, and we did that."