No. 1: Super Bowl XXIV vs. Denver Broncos
This is simply the best Super Bowl performance we have ever seen. It maxed out the domination and significance factors.
The 49ers simply dismantled the Broncos, who had the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL. QB Joe Montana had a game for the ages — 22-of-29 for 297 yards and a then-record five TD passes. It was Montana’s fourth Lombardi trophy, and cemented him as the best Super Bowl QB of all-time (which was confirmed recently with Montana being named as the only QB in the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team).
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The 49ers offense nearly outgained the Broncos offense by 300 yards (461 to 167) and had zero turnovers for the game. The 55 points scored and the 45-point winning margin set new Super Bowl records that still stand today.
This team was simply an unstoppable force. The defense held Broncos QB John Elway to just 108 passing yards on 10-of-26 passing. They also had six total sacks and two interceptions for the game.
The 49ers scored a minimum of 13 points in each quarter of the game, which is nothing short of an offensive juggernaut.
This 49ers team set a new Super Bowl standard that has not been matched since. If there is such a thing as a perfect Super Bowl performance, this was it. This game was the 49ers fourth Lombardi Trophy of the 1980s, ensuring its “team of the decade” credentials.
This Super Bowl performance started the gold standard for dominance, and continued the red and gold’s legacy of excellence.