Originally posted by BobS:Staying on topic the Joe Montana led team of the 80's ran into the #1 defense twice in the play-offs in the years they made and won the Super Bowl.
In 1988 the Chicago Bears had the #1 defense allowing 13.4 points a game. NFC conference final San Francisco 28 Chicago 3
In 1989 the Denver Broncos had the #1 defense allowing 14.1 points a game. Super Bowl final San Francisco 55 Denver 10
Of course as long time fans know the 80's teams had a habit of not always taking regular season games seriously especially late in the year in pretty much meaningless games. The last game of 1988 the 49ers gave up 9 sacks and I think Montana was sacked 6 of those. They would meet high rated defenses in the regular season and sometimes struggle and then go and destroy the same team in the play-offs. One example in the 1988 regular season the Bears won 10-9 over the 49ers only to get smoked 28-3 in the play-offs. Maybe that is what is wrong with Manning in the play-offs, he and his teammates are giving it 100% already the whole regular season, when the play-offs hit they are all ready maxed out. They aren't prepared for an opponent (like the 80's 49ers) who raises their game in the play-offs and end up shell shocked like they were in the Super Bowl.
Talking about defense, our dynasty d never gets the respect it deserves. If you bookend the championships here where the dynasty year team profiles based on scoring:
1981- 7th offense, 2nd defense
1982- 7th offense, 23rd defense
1983- 4th offense, 4th defense
1984- 2nd offense, 1st defense
1985- 5th offense, 2nd defense
1986- 7th offense, 3rd defense
1987- 1st offense, 3rd defense
1988- 7th offense, 8th defense
1989- 1st offense, 3rd defense
1990- 8th offense, 2nd defense
1991- 3rd offense, 4th defense
1992- 1st offense, 3rd defense
1993- 1st offense, 16th defense
1994- 1st offense, 6th defense
So in a 14 year period, they had a top 5 offense nine times and a top 10 offense all fourteen years. Defensively they were top 5 ten times and top 10 twelve times. It really is ashamed how overlooked the dynasty defense is, cause that track record could be put up against all the named defenses.