No. 3: Super Bowl XXIII vs. Cincinnati Bengals
This was one of the most exciting Super Bowl games of all time, and was the 49ers third Lombardi Trophy of the decade.
It also proved who the most dominant QB was at the time — one Joe Montana.
Montana led arguably the best game-winning TD drive in the history of the Super Bowl driving the offense 92 yards in a little under three minutes.
After just about everyone thought the winning TD pass was going to Super Bowl MVP Jerry Rice (11 catches, Super Bowl record 215 yards), Montana threw a rope to fellow WR John Taylor who scored with just 34 seconds left.
Throughout the game the 49ers offense had been dominant (Montana had a then-Super Bowl record 357 passing yards) but could only finish drives by kicking FGs, which kept Cincinnati in the game. But in the money quarter, the 49ers scored the two winning TDs, including Taylor’s memorable grab.
This game had a little bit of everything — drama, excitement, great catches and throws and an outstanding 49ers defense (five sacks).
A 10-6 49ers squad, who had dominated in the playoffs, pulled out their third Lombardi trophy in an unprecedented dramatic and memorable fashion.
It doesn’t get much better than this. Or does it?
Next: Super Bowl XXIX