In what to this day is simply known as ‘The Catch,” quarterback Joe Montana put the San Francisco 49ers over the top in Super Bowl XXIII.
The San Francisco 49ers would take home the Super Bowl XXIII trophy, defeating the Bengals 20-16 in one of the most highly remembered Super Bowls. This close game was played on January 22, 1989 in Miami Florida at Joe Robbie Stadium, in front of 75,129 people in attendance.
MVP of Super Bowl XXIII was 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, he caught 11 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. This was the second time the Bengals and 49ers had met in the Super Bowl. One of the most memorable parts of the game is when Joe Montana made a pass to John Taylor with just a few seconds left on the clock, still to this day known as “The Catch.”
The National Anthem was sung by Billy Joel and the halftime show was put on by “Be Bop Bamboozled” – South Florida-area dancers and performers including Elvis Presto, and 3D effects. The Super Bowl was aired on NBC and had a total of 81.6 million viewers, and the cost of a 30 second commercial for Super Bowl XXIII was around $675,000.
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With Super Bowl LI just being weeks away, Bullseye is counting down with a review of all 50 Super Bowls before. Up next: Super Bowl XVI between the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals went head to head in Super Bowl XVI. San Francisco took home the trophy with a winning score of 26-21. There were a total of 81,270 people who attended Super Bowl XVI on January 24, 1982. The game itself was played in Pontiac, Michigan at the Pontiac Silverdome.
The MVP of the game was Joe Montana. Montana had a rushing touchdown during Super Bowl XVI, along with completing 14 of 22 passes. Although the Bengals scored their final touchdown only seconds before the game was over, it wasn’t quite enough to win the game.
The cost of a 30 second commercial during Super Bowl XVI was $324,000, which was way more expensive than any Super Bowl commercial to date. Pat Summerall and John Madden were both announcers at Super Bowl XVI and the game had around 85.24 million viewers.
It seems as though the group “Up with People” were starting to make a regular attendance at the Super Bowl. The halftime show for Super Bowl XVI was Up with People presents “Salute to the 1960s and Motown.” Pat Haggerty was the referee for this Super Bowl and the future hall of famers recorded were Bill Walsh (coach), Fred Dean, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana.
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