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Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers 49 Chargers 26 - MVP 49ers QB Steve Young
Stepping out of the shadow of the man he replaced (Joe Montana), Steve Young torched San Diego's defense for 325 yards passing to go along with his Super Bowl-record six touchdown tosses. Jerry Rice caught three of the six scoring strikes from the left-handed Young, who also led the 49ers in rushing with 49 yards. Young and the 49ers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead following passing touchdowns to Rice and running back Ricky Watters. Fittingly, Young surpassed Montana's single-game Super Bowl record for touchdown passes in the 49-26 victory.
Super Bowl XXIX is regarded as 49ers quarterback Steve Young's final leap out of the shadow of his predecessor, Joe Montana, who had won four Super Bowls with the 49ers ( 1981, 1984, 1988, and 1989). With Young at the helm, and a defense consisting of several veteran free agents who joined the team during the previous offseason, San Francisco finished the regular season with a league-best 13-3 record, and led the NFL in total points scored (505). The Chargers, on the other hand, were a "Cinderella" team, and advanced to their first Super Bowl after posting an 11-5 regular-season record and overcoming halftime deficits in both of their playoff wins.
Young torched San Diego's defense for 325 yards passing to go along with his Super Bowl-record six touchdown tosses. Jerry Rice caught three of the six scoring strikes from the left-handed Young, who also led the 49ers in rushing with 49 yards.
The 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowls when they routed the Chargers 49-26.
Young and the 49ers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead following passing touchdowns to Rice and running back Ricky Watters. Fittingly, Young surpassed Montana's single-game Super Bowl record for touchdown passes in the 49-26 victory.
Young, the game's most valuable player, directed an explosive offense that generated seven touchdowns, 28 first downs, and 455 total yards. He completed 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards, and broke the record of five touchdown passes set by former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIV.
San Francisco wasted little time scoring, taking the lead for good on Young's 44-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Rice only three plays and 1:24 into the game. The next time they had the ball, the 49ers marched 79 yards in four plays, taking a 14-0 lead when Young teamed with running back Ricky Watters on a 51-yard touchdown pass with 10:05 still to play in the opening period.
San Diego then put together its most impressive possession of the game, a 13-play, 78-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes and was capped by Natrone Means' 1-yard touchdown run, to cut its deficit to 14-7 late in the quarter.
But San Francisco countered with a 70-yard drive of its own, and Young's 5-yard touchdown pass to fullback William Floyd made it 21-7. Young's fourth touchdown pass of the half, eight yards to Watters 4:44 before halftime, increased the advantage to 28-7, and the Chargers could get no closer than 18 points after that.
Watters, who ran nine yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, equaled the Super Bowl record with three touchdowns. Rice also scored three touchdowns -- the second time in his career he'd done that in a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXIIII) -- while catching 10 passes for 149 yards. He established career records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns in a Super Bowl.
Young, who scrambled 21 yards and 15 yards to set up touchdowns in the first half, was the game's leading rusher with 49 yards on five carries. San Diego's Means, who rushed for 1,350 yards during the regular season, was limited to 33 yards on 13 attempts.
Chargers quarterback Stan Humphries completed 24 of 49 passes for 275 yards. Rookie Andre Coleman became only the third player in Super Bowl history to return a kickoff for a touchdown, going 98 yards in the third quarter.
The 75 points scored by the two teams established another record, breaking the previous mark of 69 set in the Cowboys 52-17 victory over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVII.
This was the first Super Bowl to have two players each score three touchdowns. 49ers receiver Jerry Rice matched his Super Bowl XXIV performance with his three touchdown catches. 49ers running back Ricky Watters also had three touchdowns, matching Roger Craig's three touchdowns (two receiving and one rushing) in Super Bowl XIX. Watters also became the second running back to catch two touchdown passes in a game, matching Craig.
Ken Norton, Jr. became the first player to win three straight Super Bowls, although as a member of two teams. Norton was a member of the Cowboys teams who won Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII. Deion Sanders became the first player to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series, playing in the 1992 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Chargers quarterback Gale Gilbert became the first player to be a member of five straight Super Bowl teams. Gilbert was a member of the Bills who played in four straight Super Bowls (Super Bowls XXV to XXVIII). Gilbert was on the losing team in all five Super Bowl games.
The 49ers' victory was the eleventh straight for NFC teams over AFC teams in the Super Bowl.
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Super Bowl XXIX MVP: 49ers QB Steve Young
Super Bowl XXIX MVP: 49ers QB Steve Young
Steve Young stepped out of the shadow of three-time MVP Joe Montana by breaking Montana's Super Bowl record for touchdown passes in a game and guiding San Francisco to a dominating 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Young completed 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards and 6 touchdowns as the 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl. Jerry Rice caught three of the six scoring strikes from the left-handed Young, who also led the 49ers in rushing with 49 yards.
It took San Francisco only 1:24 to score its first touchdown on a 44-yard pass from Young to wide receiver Jerry Rice. Young connected with running back Ricky Watters on a 51-yard touchdown pass on the 49ers' second possession. San Francisco never trailed in the game, and its explosive offense generated seven touchdowns, 28 first downs and 455 total yards.
At the end of the game, Young showed his jubilation at finally being able to win "the big one" while accepting the MVP trophy. "There were times when this was hard! But this is the greatest feeling in the world! No one -- no one! -- can ever take this away from us! No one, ever! It's ours!" Young and his teammates were equally enthusiastic in the locker room afterwards. "Is this great or what?" Young added. "I mean, I haven't thrown six touchdown passes in a game in my life. Then I throw six in the Super Bowl! Unbelievable."
Super Bowl XXIX Scoring
|San Diego Chargers||7||3||8||8||26|
|San Francisco 49ers||14||14||14||7||49|
|1||13:36||3||59||1:24||SF||Jerry Rice 44-yard TD reception from Steve Young, Brien PAT||0||7|
|1||10:05||4||79||1:53||SF||Ricky Watters 51-yard TD reception from Young, Brien PAT||0||14|
|1||2:44||13||78||7:21||SD||Natrone Means 1-yard TD run, John Carney PAT||7||14|
|2||13:02||10||70||4:42||SF||William Floyd 5-yard TD reception from Young, Brien PAT||7||21|
|2||4:44||9||49||4:51||SF||Watters 8-yard TD reception from Young, Brien PAT||7||28|
|2||1:44||8||62||3:00||SD||31-yard field goal by Carney||10||28|
|3||9:35||7||62||3:45||SF||Watters 9-yard TD run, Brien PAT||10||35|
|3||3:18||10||67||4:07||SF||Rice 15-yard TD reception from Young, Brien PAT||10||42|
|3||3:01||--||--||--||SD||Andre Coleman 98-yard kickoff TD return for a touchdown, 2-point pass good, Stan Humphries to Mark Seay||18||42|
|4||13:49||6||32||1:19||SF||Rice 7-yard TD reception from Young, Brien PAT||18||49|
|4||2:25||8||67||1:56||SD||Tony Martin 30-yard TD reception from Humphries, 2-point pass good, Humphries to Alfred Pupunu||26||49|
Super Bowl XXIX Team Statistics
|First downs rushing||5||10|
|First downs passing||14||17|
|First downs penalty||1||1|
|Third down efficiency||6/16||7/13|
|Fourth down efficiency||0/4||0/0|
|Total net yards||354||455|
|Net yards rushing||67||139|
|Yards per rush||3.5||4.2|
|Times sacked-total yards||2-18||3-15|
|Net yards passing||287||316|
|Punt returns-total yards||3-1||2-12|
|Kickoff returns-total yards||8-244||4-48|
|Interceptions-total return yards||0-0||3-16|
|Time of possession||28:29||31:31|
Super Bowl XXIX: San Diego Chargers Player Statistics
|Passing||Comp / Att||Yards||TD||INT||Rating|
Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco 49ers Player Statistics
|Passing||Comp / Att||Yards||TD||INT||Rating|
January 29, 1995
Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami, Florida)
National Anthem: Kathie Lee Gifford
Coin Toss: Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Steve Largent, Ray Nitschke, Gale Sayers, Lee Roy Selmon and Kellen Winslow
Halftime Show: Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine
Announcers: Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Lynn Swann, and Lesley Visser
Nielsen ratings: 41.3 (est. 83.4 million viewers)
Cost of 30-second commercial: $1.15 million
Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers vs. Chargers Highlights
Super Bowl XXIX: Ticket & Championship Ring
Super Bowl XXIX