Super Bowl

Season 23 Episode 1

Super Bowl XXIII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Aired Sunday 3:15 PM Jan 22, 1989 on CBS
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Super Bowl XXIII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl XXIII between the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers and the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Final Score: San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16

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  • One of the greatest if not THE greatest come from behind Super Bowl victory!

    Even though San Francisco held an advantage in total net yards (453 to 229), the 49ers found themselves trailing the Bengals late in the 4th quarter. With the score 13-13, Cincinnati took a 16-13 lead on Jim Breech's 40-yard field goal with 3:20 remaining. It was Breech's third field goal of the day, following earlier successes from 34 and 43 yards. The 49ers started their winning drive at their own 8-yard line. Over the next 11 plays, San Francisco covered 92 yards with the decisive score coming on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana to wide receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.moreless
Paul Maguire

Paul Maguire

Pregame Analyst

Guest Star

Ahmad Rashad

Ahmad Rashad

Pregame Analyst

Guest Star

Frank Deford

Frank Deford

Pregame Contributor

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Final Score
      San Francisco 49ers 20
      Cincinnati Bengals 16

    • San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Jerry Rice was named Super Bowl XXIII MVP.

    • Coaching Staffs
      San Francisco 49ers
      Bill Walsh (Head Coach) (3-0 in Super Bowls)
      Jerry Attaway (Physical Development)
      Dennis Green (Receivers)
      Tommy Hart (Defensive Assistant)
      Mike Holmgren (Offensive Coordinator)
      Sherman Lewis (Receivers)
      Bobb McKittrick (Offensive Line)
      Bill McPherson (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Assistant)
      Ray Rhodes (Defensive Backs)
      George Seifert (Defensive Coordinator)
      Lynn Stiles (Special Teams / Tight Ends)
      Fred von Appen (Defensive Line)

      Cincinnati Bengals
      Sam Wyche (Head Coach) (0-1 in Super Bowls)
      Jim Anderson (Running Backs)
      Bruce Coslet (Offensive Coordinator)
      Bill Johnson (Tight Ends)
      Dick LeBeau (Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs)
      Jim McNally (Offensive Line / Running Game)
      Dick Selcer (Linebackers)
      Mike Stock (Special Teams)
      Bill Urbanik (Defensive Line)
      Kim Wood (Strength)

    • Path to the Super Bowl
      San Francisco 49ers
      NFC West Champions (10-6)
      Divisional Playoff: defeated Wild Card Minnesota Vikings 34-9.
      Championship Game: defeated NFC Central Champion Chicago Bears 28-3.

      Cincinnati Bengals
      AFC Central Champions (12-4)
      Divisional Playoff: defeated AFC West Champion Seattle Seahawks 21-13.
      Championship Game: defeated AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills 21-10.

    • The victory improved the San Francisco 49ers' franchise Super Bowl record to 3-0.
      The loss dropped the Cincinnati Bengals' franchise Super Bowl record to 0-2.

    • The coin toss was performed Bob Griese, who was joined on the field by Nick Buoniconti and Larry Little. Cincinnati called Heads and lost the toss. San Francisco elected to receive.

    • This was the first Super Bowl to be played at Joe Robbie Stadium. However, the city of Miami was hosting it's sixth Super Bowl. The other five were played at the former home of the Dolphins, the Orange Bowl.

    • The San Francisco 49ers received a winner's share of $36,000. The Cincinnati Bengals received a loser's share of $18,000.

    • The average cost of a 30-second commercial was $675,000.

    • The face value of Super Bowl XXIII tickets was $100.

    • San Francisco was designated the home team for Super Bowl XXIII. They wore scarlet jerseys and 49ers gold pants while Cincinnati wore white jerseys and white pants.

    • The San Francisco 49ers were 7 point favorites.

    • Super Bowl XXIII marked the final Super Bowl that Pete Rozelle presided over as NFL Commissioner. Rozelle retired as commissioner on November 5, 1989, after serving for 29 years.

    • This was the final NFL game for San Francisco coach Bill Walsh.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Referee: Jerry Seeman (70)
      Umpire: Gordon Wells (89)
      Head Linesman: Jerry Bergman (17)
      Line Judge: Bob Beeks (59)
      Field Judge: Bobby Skelton (73)
      Side Judge: Gary Lane (120)
      Back Judge: Paul Baetz (22)

      Alternate Referee: Gene Barth (14)
      Alternate Umpire: Ed Fiffick (57)

    • Super Bowl XXIII Entertainment:
      Pregame: Salute to South Florida and NASA Program, fly over by 31st Tactical Wing, Homestead AFB
      Anthem: Billy Joel
      Half Time: Be Bop Bamboozled with South Florida-area dancers and performers with 3-D effects (produced by Dan Witkowski).

    • Super Bowl Rosters
      San Francisco 49ers
      #79 Harris Barton (RT) *
      #95 Michael Carter (NT) *
      #6 Mike Cofer (K)
      #69 Bruce Collie (G/T)
      #38 Greg Cox (S)
      #33 Roger Craig (RB) *
      #51 Randy Cross (C) *
      #50 Riki Ellison (LB)
      #75 Kevin Fagan (RDE) *
      #55 Jim Fahnhorst (LILB) *
      #86 John Frank (TE) *
      #49 Jeff Fuller (SS) *
      #83 Terry Greer (WR)
      #29 Don Griffin (RCB) *
      #94 Charles Haley (LOLB) *
      #89 Ron Heller (TE)
      #9 Barry Helton (P)
      #46 Tom Holmoe (S)
      #78 Pierce Holt (NT)
      #84 Brent Jones (TE)
      #57 Sam Kennedy (LB)
      #67 Pete Kugler (DE)
      #42 Ronnie Lott (FS) *
      #62 Guy McIntyre (RG) *
      #22 Tim McKyer (LCB) *
      #16 Joe Montana (QB) *
      #77 Bubba Paris (T)
      #26 Darryl Pollard (CB)
      #44 Tom Rathman (RB) *
      #80 Jerry Rice (WR) *
      #91 Larry Roberts (LDE) *
      #35 Del Rodgers (RB)
      #53 Bill Romanowski (LB)
      #61 Jesse Sapolu (LG) *
      #72 Jeff Stover (DE/DT)
      #96 Daniel Stubbs (DE)
      #24 Harry Sydney (RB)
      #82 John Taylor (WR) *
      #60 Chuck Thomas (C)
      #58 Keena Turner (ROLB) *
      #74 Steve Wallace (LT) *
      #99 Michael Walter (RILB) *
      #85 Mike R. Wilson (WR)
      #21 Eric C. Wright (CB)
      #8 Steve Young (QB) (DNP)
      #32 Terrence Flagler (RB)
      #54 Ron Hadley (LB)

      Cincinnati Bengals
      #53 Leo Barker (LB)
      #24 Lewis Billups (LCB) *
      #74 Brian Blados (RT) *
      #55 Ed Brady (LB)
      #3 Jim Breech (K)
      #21 James Brooks (RB) *
      #81 Eddie Brown (WR) *
      #99 Jason Buck (RDE) *
      #27 Barney Bussey (S)
      #80 Cris Collinsworth (WR)
      #29 Rickey Dixon (CB)
      #67 David Douglas (T)
      #73 Eddie Edwards (DE)
      #7 Boomer Esiason (QB) *
      #33 David Fulcher (SS) *
      #98 David Grant (NT)
      #89 Ira Hillary (WR)
      #82 Rodney Holman (TE) *
      #20 Ray Horton (CB)
      #36 Stanford Jennings (RB)
      #11 Lee Johnson (P)
      #58 Joe Kelly (RILB) *
      #90 Emanuel King (LB)
      #64 Bruce Kozerski (C) *
      #69 Tim Krumrie (NT) *
      #23 Marc Logan (RB)
      #72 Skip McClendon (DE)
      #85 Tim McGee (WR) *
      #65 Max Montoya (RG) *
      #78 Anthony Munoz (LT) *
      #12 Mike Norseth (QB) (DNP)
      #86 Carl Parker (WR)
      #75 Bruce Reimers (LG) *
      #87 Jim Riggs (TE)
      #77 Jim Rourke (T)
      #15 Turk Schonert (QB)
      #70 Jim Skow (LDE) *
      #25 Daryl Smith (CB)
      #60 David A. Smith (T)
      #22 Eric Thomas (RCB) *
      #51 Leon White (LOLB) *
      #41 Solomon Wilcots (FS) *
      #57 Reggie Williams (ROLB) *
      #30 Ickey Woods (RB) *
      #91 Carl Zander (LILB) *
      #96 Curtis Maxey (DE)
      #32 Stanley Wilson (RB)

      * Starters
      DNP - Did Not Play