51 for LI: Five for the Niners in Super Bowl XXIX
[lead align=”default”]We had a real stinker on our hands with Super Bowl XXIX, but the San Francisco 49ers didn’t mind.[/lead]
With 29 days to go until the Super Bowl for this season, looking back at the 29th Super Bowl doesn’t conjure up much in terms of the game itself. Its significance transcended the game for the franchises and players involved.
Super Bowl XXIX: The 49ers Long Dynasty
When we think of a sports dynasty, we think of a team that wins several titles in a short span. The San Francisco 49ers did that in the 1980s, but their dominance continued into the 1990s, despite not winning Super Bowls. When the Niners made Super Bowl XXIX, they hadn’t won in five years.
Arguably, San Francisco was the team of the 1980s. They won four Super Bowls in that period, and the fifth was yet to come. All of the priors were won by Joe Montana at quarterback, though Steve Young was backup on two of them. Young, soon to be a Hall of Famer himself, hadn’t taken a team to a Super Bowl until 1994.
Super Bowl XXIX: And As For the Chargers…
The San Diego Chargers may not be the San Diego Chargers much longer, but in the mid-1990s, they were something they haven’t been since: AFC champions. Their one and only conference title came during the 1994 NFL season when Bobby Ross led them to the promised land. San Diego went 11-5 that season and won the AFC West. In fighting towards the Super Bowl, they survived very close games with Miami and Pittsburgh. Led by Junior Seau, the Bolts bolted for South Florida.
Super Bowl XXIX: The Game
San Francisco entered this contest as an 18.5-point favorite. Had San Diego pulled the upset, this would have been one of the biggest ever.
Needless to say, they did not.
San Francisco never trailed in the contest, leading 14-7 after the first, 28-10 at halftime, and 42-18 after three. The final score was 49-26 Niners, with Steve Young throwing six touchdown passes en route to an MVP. Jerry Rice caught three of those touchdowns in a game that was never close.
Young finally had a championship he helped earn, cementing his own place in NFL history.