Super Bowl 16 logo, San Francisco 49ers 26VS Cincinnati Bengals 21, MVP Joe Montana

Super Bowl XVI (16)
Game Summary

San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers Superbowl XVI Ring


San Francisco 49ers:
Bill Walsh
Cincinnati Bengals:
Forrest Gregg

Half Time Show

Headliner: Up With People.


Pontiac Silverdome
Pontiac, MI

Date: August 18, 1970
Attendance: 81,270


Joe Montana
Quarterback (QB)
San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers Defeats Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.  Joe Montana named MVP.

Cincinnati outgained San Francisco 356 to 275 yards, but four Bengals turnovers made the difference in the first Super Bowl played in a cold-weather city. By halftime at the Silverdome, San Francisco had jumped out to a 20-0 lead, but the Bengals clawed their way back in to close within six points at the begining of the fourth quarter. Ray Wersching hit all four of his field-goal attempts for the Niners. Joe Montana won the first of his three MVP awards by going 14-for-22 for 157 yards.

Ray Wersching tied a Super Bowl record with four field goals and Joe Montana's controlled passing helped lift the San Francisco 49ers to their first NFL championship with a 26-21 victory over Cincinnati.

The 49ers built a game-record 20-0 halftime lead via Montana's 1-yard touchdown run, which capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive; fullback Earl Cooper's 11-yard scoring pass from Montana, which climaxed a Super Bowl record 92-yard drive on 12 plays. Wersching added two field goals at 22 and 26 yards to round off the scoring.

The Bengals who were out played rebounded in the second half, closing the gap to 20-14 on quarterback Ken Anderson's 5-yard run and Dan Ross's 4-yard reception from Anderson, who established Super Bowl passing records for completions (25) and completion percentage (73.5 percent on 25 of 34).

Wersching added early fourth quarter field goals of 40 and 23 yards to increase the 49ers' much needed lead to 26-14.

The Bengals managed to score on an Anderson-to-Ross 3-yard pass with only 16 seconds remaining. Ross set a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions for 104 yards.

Montana, the game's most valuable player, completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards.

Cincinnati compiled 356 yards to San Francisco's 275, which marked the first time in Super Bowl history that the team that gained the most yards from scrimmage lost the game.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
San Francisco 49ers2630:34 9 92208/150/0
Cincinnati Bengals 2129:26 7134246/121/2
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
49ers 1 9:08Montana 1 run (Wersching kick)70
49ers 2 8:07Cooper 11 pass from Montana (Wersching kick)140
49ers 214:45Wersching 22yd Field Goal170
49ers 214:58Wersching 26yd Field Goal200
Bengals3 3:35Anderson 5 run (Breech kick)207
Bengals4 4:54Ross 4 pass from Anderson (Breech kick)2014
49ers 4 9:35Wersching 40yd Field Goal2314
49ers 413:03Wersching 23yd Field Goal2614
Bengals414:44Ross 3 pass from Anderson (Breech kick)2621
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