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1990 ‐ Super Bowl XXIV ‐ San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos

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San Francisco 49ers 55
Denver Broncos 10

January 28, 1990

Super Bowl XXIV was at the Louisiana Superdome. The NFC champion 49ers (17-2) faced the AFC champion Broncos (13-6).

The 49ers entered the game, seeking their second consecutive Super Bowl win. Denver sought to avoid becoming the second team after Minnesota to lose four Super Bowls.

The 49ers dominated from the start, scoring touchdowns on six of their first eight possessions. They led 27-3 at halftime.

Denver’s first two drives in the second half were ended by interceptions. Their sole touchdown came on their third possession when they advanced 61 yards in 5 plays. Elway capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to trim the score to 41-10.

San Francisco closed out the game with two fourth quarter touchdowns.

Montana became the third to win both the Super Bowl MVP and the AP MVP Award in the same season. He threw 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and a record five touchdowns. His 75.9 completion percentage was the second highest in Super Bowl history and he set a record with 13 straight complete passes.

Jerry Rice had seven catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns. George Seifert was the second rookie coach to win a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XXIV remains the most one-sided. The 49ers’ 55 points was a Super Bowl record. They also tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl victories at four.

Around the World on January 28:

  • The Sunday edition of the British “Independent” newspaper began publication.
  • Ivan Lendl won the Australian Open.

Around the NFL in 1990:

  • February 16 – Juniors were required to renounce their collegiate football eligibility before entering the draft.
  • February 27 – Tagliabue announced the 1990 and 1991 seasons would be played over 17 weeks and the 1992 and 1993 seasons over 18 weeks.
  • Two additional wild-card playoff teams (one per conference) were included.
  • March 12 – ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and TNT received four-year agreements for 1990-93. For the fifth year, limited instant replay was renewed.
  • March 13 – Tagliabue formed a Committee on Expansion and Realignment.
  • April 25 – Dr. John Lombardo was appointed as the NFL’s Steroids Advisor.
  • May 17 – Dr. Lawrence Brown was appointed as the NFL’s Drug Advisor.
  • May 23 – Super Bowl XXVIII was awarded to the Georgia Dome.
  • July 12 – Referee Jerry Seeman was named as NFL Director of Officiating.
  • August 4-11 – Over 200,000 fans attended preseason games in Tokyo, London, Berlin, and Montreal.
  • September 20 – Tagliabue announced the NFL Teacher of the Month program for elementary and secondary school teachers, who impact NFL players.
  • October 1 – For the first time since 1957, every team won at least one of its first four games.
  • October 8 – The Super Bowl MVP trophy was renamed the Pete Rozelle trophy.
  • December – NFL attendance of 17,665,671 was the highest in history.

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