1985 ‐ Super Bowl XIX ‐ San Francisco 49ers vs Miami Dolphins
San Francisco 49ers 38
Miami Dolphins 16
January 20, 1985
Super Bowl XIX was at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers (18-1) faced the AFC champion Miami Dolphins.
115,936,000 watched the game, the most for a live event. It was also the first time commercials cost a million dollars per minute. The San Francisco Bay area gained $113.5 million.
Dan Marino had the Dolphins leading 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, a record for most points in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, the 49ers changed to a nickel defense and its defensive line used stunts. San Francisco held Miami to no first downs and one yard for 12 minutes. The 49ers scored three touchdowns to lead 28-10.
But Marino rallied, leading Miami into scoring territory. Miami kicked a 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds left, then recovered the kickoff at San Francisco’s 12 with four seconds remaining. A 30-yard field goal made the halftime score 28-16.
The 49ers dominated the second half, holding the Dolphins scoreless. San Francisco added a 27-yard field goal and an eight yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to secure its second championship.
San Francisco’s 537 total yards was a Super Bowl high. Joe Montana was Super Bowl XIX’s MVP with 24-of-35 passes for a record 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 59 yards and a touchdown. His rushing yards were then the most by a quarterback. Running back Roger Craig set a record with three touchdowns.
The game was the first in which both quarterbacks threw over 300 yards. The teams’ combined 851 yards was a record until broken in Super Bowls XXII and XXXVIII.
Around the World on January 20:
- President Ronald Reagan was privately inaugurated for a second term (publicly on January 21).
Around the NFL in 1985:
- March 6 – NBC Radio and the NFL signed a two-year agreement.
- March 10-15 – Dolphins Stadium received Super Bowl XXIII and the Louisiana Super Dome got Super Bowl XXIV.
- April 29 – Norman Braman and Edward Leibowitz bought the Eagles.
- April 30 – Buffalo picked Bruce Smith, a Virginia Tech defensive lineman, the first player in the 50th NFL draft.
- May 23 – Owners approved a series of overseas preseason games starting in 1986.
- June 3 – A group headed by Tom Benson, Jr. was approved to buy the Saints.
- Conversion to videotape from film for coaching study was approved.
- October 15 – The Pro Bowl was awarded to Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium from 1988-1990.
- October 27-28 – A weekend record of 902,657 tickets were sold.
- December 2 – The Chicago-Miami Monday game was watched in over 25 million homes and had the highest rating of any prime-time game in NFL history.
- December – The NFL had a ratings increase on all three networks. A Louis Harris poll indicated that 59% of fans followed pro football versus 54% who followed baseball.