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Twitter Poll: Which 49ers Super Bowl team was the greatest?

Feb 8, 2024 at 3:15 PM--

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A Twitter poll asked which is the best San Francisco 49ers championship team of all time. Forty-nine percent favored the 1994 team led by Steve Young, while 35.6 percent chose the Joe Montana-led 1989 team.

The 49ers' 1994 team was not just constructed to win their fifth championship, but to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, who had beaten them in the past two NFC Championship games.

Following a 38-21 loss to the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game, 49ers General Manager Carmen Policy signed key free agents, including linebackers Ken Norton Jr., Gary Plummer, and Rickey Jackson, wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, cornerbacks Deion Sanders and Toi Cook, and defensive end Richard Dent and Charles Mann.

Additionally, the 49ers drafted defensive tackle Bryant Young, fullback William Floyd, linebacker Lee Woodall, and kicker Doug Brien.

The 49ers kicked off the season with a 44-14 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders, during which wide receiver Jerry Rice broke Jim Brown's all-time touchdown record. The team started the season 4-2, with losses to a Joe Montana-led Kansas City Chiefs and a 40-8 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles.

After the humbling loss to the Eagles, the 49ers went on to win 10 consecutive games, including a crucial 21-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11.

The 49ers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, earning home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

In the Divisional round of the playoffs, the 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 44-15 before facing the Dallas Cowboys once again in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers jumped out on the Cowboys 21-0 after forcing three turnovers in the first quarter. Dallas cut into the 24-14 lead before Steve Young hit Jerry Rice for a 28-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 31-14.

San Francisco held on to beat the hated Cowboys 38-28, earning an opportunity to face the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.

Super Bowl XXIX, held at Joe Robbie Stadium, saw the 49ers deliver a masterclass performance against the Chargers, led by quarterback Steve Young. The game opened with a three-play drive, culminating in Young connecting with Jerry Rice for a 44-yard touchdown pass between two defenders.

San Francisco's defense forced a three-and-out, and when they got the ball back, the 49ers increased the lead to 14-0 after a 51-yard touchdown pass to Watters. Although the Chargers managed to score, narrowing the gap to 14-7, the 49ers' offense remained relentless.

A 10-play drive, capped off by a William Floyd 5-yard touchdown pass from Young, extended the 49ers' lead to 21-7 going into the second quarter. San Francisco increased its lead 28-7 with a Young 8-yard touchdown pass to Watters.

San Francisco's defense intercepted Stan Humphries twice, including a crucial interception by Eric Davis at the end of the first half and another by Cook in the fourth quarter. With the score 28-10 going into the second half, the 49ers showed no signs of slowing after the defense forced a Chargers three-and-out and gave the ball back to their high-powered offense.

After a six-play offense drive, Watters punched it in for a nine-yard rushing touchdown, expanding their lead to 35-10.

Another successful defensive stand allowed the 49ers to increase their lead to 42-10, courtesy of a 15-yard touchdown pass from Young to Rice. While the Chargers scored on the kickoff and converted a two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 42-18, the 49ers quickly responded.

Young would "get the monkey off his back" with his sixth touchdown pass to Rice from seven yards out, increasing their lead to 49-18.

Defensive Player of the Year Deion Sanders intercepted a Gale Gilbert pass in the 49ers' end zone, preventing the Chargers from scoring.

Despite a late touchdown by the Chargers, the 49ers emerged triumphant, securing their fifth Lombardi Trophy. Young was named the game's MVP after throwing for 325 yards and six touchdowns.

Additional accolades and accomplishments include:
  • 10 Pro Bowlers
  • Six first team All-Pro
  • Five second-team All-Pros
  • Bryant Young named Rookie of the Year
  • Deion Sanders named Defensive Player of the Year,
  • Steve Young named Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year

All stats were provided by Pro Football Reference.
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1 Comment

  • Daniners
    Lol, another Niner fan who was too young to see the Niners of the 80’s. The 94 Niners were not the best team. It might not even be the third best team. First, Young was never Joe. The best Niner team was either ‘84 or ‘89. We went 15-1 and 14-2. Neither team was ever even challenged. Hell. In ‘89 we outscored every team in playoffs 126-26. Please stop posting articles about things you don’t know about.
    Feb 8, 2024 at 7:35 PM

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