Super Bowl XXIII
The American football game Super Bowl XXIII was played on January 22, 1989 in Miami, Florida at the Joe Robbie Stadium. In this fantastic game AFC’s champion Cincinnati Bengals was defeated by the AFC’s champion San Francisco 49ers.
Not only this game was played on last Sunday of January but it was hosted in Miami after 10 long years. The game is most famous for the 4th quarter win drive by the San Francisco 49ers team. Cincinnati Bengals the American Football Conference’s champion faced San Francisco 49ers the National Football Conference’s champion after seven years.
The game was down 16-13 when San Francisco 49ers got the ball to their own 8 yard line when only 3:10 minutes remaining. In just under 3 minutes, San Francisco marched 92 yards down the field and scored a winning touchdown when only 35 seconds were remaining for the match. The pass from J Montana to J Taylor was the most exclusive moment.
This heart throbbing game that has most number of fans, was ranked as the number one game amongst the top 10 Super Bowl games of all times.
Bill Walsh was the coach, Jerry Seeman was the referee and Pete Rozelle was the NFL Commissioner when the 49ers recorded their historic win. Jerry Rice from the 49ers team was named as the Super Bowl MVP as he recorded 215 yards and 11 passes while rushing once for the 5 yards touchdown.
With 14-4 for Bengals and 12-6 for 49ers, this game holds many records. The 49er was the first team to reach 16-game schedule and also the 1st team to 10 games during the regular season.