Which SF 49ers squad was the most complete Super Bowl team?
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: 1984 SF 49ers
Regular-Season Record: 15-1
Won Super Bowl XIX vs. Dolphins 38-16
While many could tout the 1989 Niners squad as the best in franchise history, and others could make a claim the 1994 team was the best to do it, it would be hard to usurp the 1984 San Francisco team as the best one to ever win a Super Bowl.
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For starters, the 15-1 regular-season finish remains a franchise best in terms of win-loss records, and this group was the first team in NFL history to win 15 regular-season games.
It’s a bit weird to think of the SF 49ers winning Super Bowls without Jerry Rice, yes, as he’d enter the league the following year. But by this point, Joe Montana had already established himself as a perennial NFL MVP candidate, and the Niners were dominant on both sides of the ball, securing the No. 2 scoring offense that year with the No. 1 scoring defense, too.
Speaking of that defense, it boasted five Pro Bowl players: defensive backs Ronnie Lott, Dwight Hicks, Carlton Williamson and Eric Wright to go along with linebacker Keena Turner. And San Francisco had a regular-season point differential of plus-248, which remains a franchise record.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise San Francisco throttled quarterback Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX by a score of 38-16 with Montana tossing three touchdowns with Montana taking home game MVP honors.
True, the 1989 and 1994 squads were awfully good and should be considered towards the top of SF 49ers Super Bowl teams.
But they don’t quite reach the status the 1984 squad still holds today in franchise history.