The Superbowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). According to statistics, after Thanksgiving, more food is consumed on Superbowl Sunday than any other day of the year. Most years, the event turns out to be the most-watched program on television in America and the second most-watched program around the globe.
California is home to the Superbowl winners this year but we won’t focus on the Los Angeles Rams today. How do fans feel about the 49ers? They’re one of the NFL’s most popular teams. And it’s really because they’ve had more success than most in the league. San Francisco has had outstanding seasons in the 1980s, then the addition of an extra Superbowl title in the ‘90s to add to its history.
Have you ever wondered how much the winners of the Superbowl get paid? Each member of the winning team will receive $150,000, according to the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. The cash bonus is up to $20,000 from 2020, when the Superbowl winners took home $130,000.
The San Francisco 49ers were just chasing another Superbowl in their fourth NFC game appearance since their 2011 season. Let’s take a look at the 49ers’ Superbowl history!
How many super bowls have the San Francisco 49ers won?
The 49ers have achieved Superbowl victory five times.
In Superbowl 16, it was the 49ers versus the Bengals, with the scores being twenty-six to twenty-one. It was San Francisco’s first Superbowl appearance. Under the leadership of eventual Superbowl MVP Joe Montana, the 49ers earned a 20-0 lead in the first half against the Bengals. Cincinnati did make a second-half push, outgaining San Francisco 356-275, it was filled with four turnovers.
The 49ers were in need of merely a couple Ray Wersching field goals in the fourth quarter to hold off the Bengals for their very first title, which came in coach Bill Walsh’s third season. Remember when they played the Dolphins?
It was a tight game in the first quarter which quickly shifted to a disaster for the overmatched Dolphins. The 49ers successfully took on their opponent in their second Superbowl which ended up being 537 total yards to just 314 for Miami. Once again, Montana was named the Superbowl MVP. In 1984, the 49ers followed a 15-1 regular season with this heavy win in the championship.
They’re one of the greatest Superbowl winning teams in NFL history. After three straight seasons of losing in the playoffs, the 49ers returned to the Superbowl in what would become Walsh’s last year as coach. Montana threw a touchdown to pass John Taylor with just thirty-nine seconds to play. Wide receiver Jerry Rice, who caught eleven passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, was named Superbowl MVP.
More Superbowl wins!
Some say that Denver never had a chance in this game. Agreed? The blowout began in the first quarter and continued at one point in the third. The 49ers had a 41-3 lead over the Broncos before John Elway finally put Denver on the board with a touchdown. Montana passed for 297 yards and five touchdowns for a passer rating of 147.6, and was named Superbowl MVP for the third time.
And let’s not forget about the Chargers! It was Steve Young’s moment to shine, and he surely took advantage. All the quarterback did was throw a super bowl record six touchdown passes and win the game’s MVP award as San Francisco blew out San Diego.
The 49ers won their division once again the following year and gave us a few more playoff appearances under Steve Mariucci after Seifert left before the 1997 season, but they did not return to the Superbowl until 2012.