Posted January 29, 2014 08:03 am

Best vs. best: Super Bowl XIX


When Denver’s No. 1 offense (yards/points per game) faces Seattle’s No. 1 defense (fewest yards/points allowed) on Sunday, it will mark the fifth such match-up in Super Bowl history. Each day, we’ll look at one of the four previous games:


San Francisco (top defense) vs. Miami (top offense)

Score: 49ers 38-16.

MVP: 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

Site: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, Calif.

Closing line: 49ers by 3.

The game:

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame members were abound in this game, from the coaches (Don Shula and Bill Walsh) to the quarterbacks (Dan Marino and Joe Montana). But it was Walsh-Montana who prevailed thanks to a 21-point second quarter.

*Montana was 24-of-35 passing for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

*Marino was 29-of-50 passing for 318 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his only Super Bowl appearance.

*San Francisco outgained Miami 537-314.

*The Dolphins’ leading receiver was running back Tony Nathan (10 catches-83 yards).

*San Francisco rushed 40 times; the Dolphins just nine times.

*Miami led 3-0 and 10-7 in the first quarter.