Monday, January 29, 1990
NOW SEIFERT HAS OWN ACT TO FOLLOW
By Mike Weaver
San Jose Mercury News
Before he had time to relish the thought of becoming only the second
coach to win a Super Bowl title in his first season, 49ers Coach George
Seifert had to talk about trying to win another one.
''The players have already mentioned it," Seifert said Sunday after
the Niners beat the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV. "I'm going
to savor this one for the next few days, and then maybe I'll start worrying
about the next one."
By winning the first one, Seifert overcame the pressures of replacing Bill
Walsh, who led the Niners to three Super Bowl titles, including one last
season. But at the same time, Seifert left himself little room for improvement.
''George has humongous shoes to fill now," Niners linebacker Mike
Walter said. "Just like he did when he took over this season."
As a reward for the job he did this season, the Niners presented Seifert
with a game ball Sunday. And Niners Vice President John McVay said the prize
''George stepped into an extremely difficult situation and handled it
very well," McVay said. "He did a great job. We're happy we have
For Seifert, Sunday's victory capped a season that had few low points.
The Niners went 14-2 during the regular season, then crushed the Minnesota
Vikings and Los Angeles Rams in the NFC playoffs before facing the Broncos
in the Super Bowl.
''I'm obviously very proud and thrilled to be part of this organization,"
Seifert said. "I'm thrilled for the team and for everybody involved.
We have a great group of players and coaches, and we have a great owner
(Eddie DeBartolo Jr.). I think it takes all of those things to accomplish
Seifert said winning a second straight Super Bowl title was a goal the
players were thinking about constantly this season.
''The team started working on this in training camp," Seifert said.
"And the players never lost sight of what their goal was."
Getting past the Broncos to reach that goal turned out to be easier than
Seifert had expected. The Niners gained 461 net yards against the Denver
defense, which allowed an average of only 275.4 yards per game during the
regular season to rank No. 3 in the NFL.
Niners quarterback Joe Montana accounted for much of the damage, completing
22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns.
''This was one of our better games. There's no question about that,"
Still, Seifert said, he had thought the Broncos would be able to stay
closer than they did.
''We were concerned," Seifert said. "But at the same time,
our team has been working well. Joe has been able to pierce a lot of zone
defenses, and that's what happened in this game. We played a heck of a team,
and I don't think we should lose sight of that."
Seifert twice opted to go for first downs in short-yardage fourth-down
situations. And both times, the Niners were successful.
''When you're going for a world championship, you've got to take your
best shots," Seifert said. "This was not a time to back off. It
was a time to attack."
Playing aggressively was a trademark of the Niners all season. And Niners
guard Guy McIntyre said a key factor in the team's success was that the
players felt comfortable with Seifert.
''I think he was able to allow everybody to govern themselves,"
McIntyre said. "He allowed us to be ourselves."
McIntyre said Seifert also did a good job of juggling players to overcome
injury problems that plagued the Niners throughout the season.
''I think he did a good job of putting the right people in the right
places," McIntyre said.
Seifert said it was more a matter of having the right people available.
''This proves that to be successful, you have to have great talent,"
Seifert said. "This is a great football team."
The first three times the Niners won Super Bowl titles, Seifert was the
team's defensive coordinator. But he didn't want to compare this team to
the others. ''You people (in the media) and the fans will decide that,"
he said. "I think the '84 team was a great team, but I also think this
is one of the finest teams to ever play the game."
But is it good enough to win another Super Bowl title next season?
''As long as we're working, we're going to do the best we can,"
Seifert said. "A doctor doesn't do one great operation and then slack
He might take a little time to enjoy the moment, though.
Monday, January 29, 1990
49ERS: SUPER AGAIN
By Jeff Gordon
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
NEW ORLEANS - Pro Football's pantheon of great teams has a worthy new
Move over, Green Bay Packers. Make room, Pittsburgh Steelers. Down in front,
Dallas Cowboys. The San Francisco 49ers have become the latest National
Football League dynasty.
They capped a four-title decade by bludgeoning the Denver Broncos 55-10
Sunday afternoon in Super Bowl XXIV at the Superdome.
The 49ers, who were whopping 12 1/2-point favorites, became the first team
in 10 years to repeat as champions. The Steelers did it last, in Nos. XIII
San Francisco is 4-0 in The Big Game. The Broncos, destiny's doormat in
the Super Bowl, are 0-4. They have lost three of the last four Super Bowls
by an aggregate score of 156-40.
This was the sixth consecutive Super Bowl victory for National Football
The surgeon general did it again - 49ers quarterback Joe Montana dissected
the Broncos with a Super Bowl record five touchdown passes to lead the rout.
He was named the game's Most Valuable Player, the third time he has received
Jerry Rice caught three touchdown passes, and Brent Jones and John Taylor
had one each. Tom Rathman ran for two touchdowns, and Roger Craig had one.
It was a historic day for the 49ers. Montana completed 13 consecutive passes
at one point, setting another Super Bowl record.
He became the Super Bowl's all-time completions, passing yardage and touchdown
passes leader. Craig became the all-time receptions leader. He and Rice
tied the record of four career Super Bowl touchdowns set by Steelers fullback
It was a hysterical day for the Broncos, who got a pacesetting, perfromance
from quarterback John Elway. In the first half, he completed just six of
20 passes for 64 yards - and 27 of them came on a shuffle pass to Bobby
Humphrey. He completed just one pass to a wide receiver, an 8-yarder to
Then he threw two quick interceptions in the second half to help the Broncos
fall behind 41-3.
So much for silencing his critics.
At least the Broncos' defense made the 49ers offense work for some of their
On San Francisco's first touchdown drive, Montana opened with two incompletions.
Eventually, though, it was Montana-to-Rice for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Rice caught the ball over the middle, shrugged off a hit by saftey Steve
Atwater, the former Lutheran North High star, and spun into the end zone.
In their second drive, the 49ers were faced with fourth-and-one and third-and-10
situations. They converted both, and eventually Montana tossed a 7-yard
touchdown pass to tight end Jones.
This one was a beauty: Montana rolled right on a bootleg and Jones peeled
off into the end zone. The execution was perfect, the pass simple to complete.
On third touchdown drive No. 3, the 49ers needed 14 plays and more than
seven minutes. Rathman converted a fourth-and-one plunge, then followed
by scoring on a 1-yard plunge.
That was about it for Denver's resistance. San Francisco needed just 64
seconds and five plays to move 59 yards for their fourth touchdown.
The big strike was - and you've read this before - a Montana-to-Rice touchdown
pass. Rice ran a post pattern through Denver's twilight zone coverage and,
uncovered and untouchded, caught Montana's 38-yard toss.
In the first halves of playoff games this season, Montana completed 46 of
58 passes for 597 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
The only Broncos points came on a 42-yard David Treadwell field goal between
the first two 49ers touchdowns. Humphrey did all the work, going 27 yards
with an Elway shuffle pass and runnning for 19 yards on three carries.
San Francisco's 27-3 halftime lead was the second-largest differential in
Super Bowl history - behind only the 35-10 lead they built on Denver in
No. XXII. Kicker Mike Cofer's missed extra point on San Francisco's second
touchdown kept them from tying the record lead of 25 points.
Elway's first pass of the second half was a strike to 49ers linebacker Michael
Walter. The 49ers scored immediately after the interception on a, uh, well,
you know, a Montana-to-Rice touchdown pass.
This was one went 28 yards, on yet another post pattern pass.
On Denver's second ''drive'' of the second half, Elway was picked off again.
Safety Chet Brooks ran under a punt-like Elway floater over the middle and
returned it 38 yards.
With the world expecting another Montana-to-Rice touchdown pass, the 49ers
pulled a shocker - scoring on a 35-yard Montana-to-Taylor pass. At least
the pass route, another post pattern, was familiar.
By now the score was 41-3.
Bill Romanowski intercepted another Elway pass in the end zone, but merciful
officials flagged him for pass interference. That break allowed Elway to
scramble in for a touchdown and elicit a cheer from all those who bet the
47 1/2-point over.
After another Rathman touchdown plunge made it 48-10, Elway fumbled while
being sacked. Daniel Stubbs returned it 15 yards to the Denver 1, setting
up a touchdown for Craig.