Super Bowl 23 logo, San Francisco 49ers 20VS Cincinnati Bengals 16, MVP Jerry Rice

Super Bowl XXIII (23)
Game Summary

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


San Francisco 49ers:
Bill Walsh
Cincinnati Bengals:
Sam Wyche

Half Time Show

Headliner: South Florida-area dancers and performers & 3-D effects.


Joe Robbie Stadium
Miami, FL

Date: August 19, 1970
Attendance: 75,597


Jerry Rice
Wide Receiver (WR)
San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers Defeats Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII.  Jerry Rice named MVP.

NFC champion San Francisco won their third Super Bowl of the 1980s by defeating AFC champion Cincinnati 20-16. The 49ers, who also won Super Bowls XVI and XIX, became the first NFC team to win three Super Bowls. Pittsburgh - four Super Bowl titles (IX, X, XIII, and XIV). Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders - three (XI, XV, and XVIII), lead AFC franchises.

Even though San Francisco held an advantage in total net yards (453 to 229), the 49ers found themselves trailing the Bengals late in the game. 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 strikes from 34 and 43 yards.

The 49ers started their game winning drive on their own 8-yard line. San Francisco covered 92 yards on 11 plays with the decisive score coming on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana to wide receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.

At halftime, the score was 3-3, the first time in Super Bowl history the game was tied at intermission. The teams traded third-period field goals, the Bengals jumped ahead 13-6 on Stanford Jennings's 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 34 seconds remaining in the third.

The 49ers stormed right back, covering 85 yards in just four plays, concluding with Montana's 14-yard scoring pass to Jerry Rice 57 seconds into the final stanza.

Rice was named the game's most valuable player (MVP) after compiling 11 catches for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards. Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl-record 357 yards and two touchdowns.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Cincinnati Bengals 1632:36 7 60134/130/1
San Francisco 49ers2027:24 6161234/130/0
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
49ers 111:46Cofer 41yd Field Goal03
Bengals213:41Breech 34yd Field Goal33
Bengals3 9:15Breech 43yd Field Goal63
49ers 314:10Cofer 32yd Field Goal66
Bengals314:26Jennings 93 kick return (Breech kick)136
49ers 4 :57Rice 14 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)1313
Bengals411:40Breech 40yd Field Goal1613
49ers 414:26Taylor 10 pass from Montana (Cofer kick)1620
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