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Super Bowl XXIV Highlights

As a rookie head coach, but a veteran of the 49er system, George Seifert led the team to a second consecutive Super Bowl championship -- making the 49ers the first repeat champions in 10 years. The 49ers gave Denver the worst beating in Super Bowl history.

Of the 49ers' fourth Super Bowl victory, The Sporting News wrote: "Seifert deserved much of the credit for that focus [on winning during the 1989 season]. The players liked him, and they wanted to win for him and his warmer-than-Walsh approach to coaching." And, The Sporting News noted, Seifert did a better job of hiding his ego.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz also reflected on Seifert's skill:

So how has this rookie head coach ... managed to win 16 of 18 games as Walsh's successor, taking the San Francisco 49ers to ... a fourth Super Bowl title? ... Seifert has inherited players drafted and acquired by Walsh. The 49ers use the same offense that Walsh created.

The defense, naturally, is unchanged; Seifert spent the previous six seasons as Walsh's defensive coordinator. And that is Seifert's most impressive accomplishment: He left the 49ers alone. Most new coaches attempt to redefine a team in their own image. They attempt to fix things that aren't broken. ...

''Putting my 'stamp' on the team wasn't one of my goals,'' Seifert said. ''My goal was one of continuity. I've been with this club for 10 years, and I'm familiar with the organization. I know the offense and defense. I know how we handle personnel.''

... He has perfected Walsh's machine. He has not asked to be called a genius.

The 49ers defense, however, maintained Seifert's stamp of excellence. During Super Bowl XXIV, it stifled the Broncos and kept handing Joe Montana the ball. The 49ers limited the Broncos to 167 yards, and John Elway had his lowest full-game passing production in more than two years: 10-for-26, 108-yards and two interceptions. He was frustrated by the 49ers' quickness, depth and finely tuned schemes, which took away his wide receivers and plugged his scrambling avenues.

George Seifert,
head coach

Super Bowl XXIV
January 28, 1990
Louisiana Superdome
Attendance: 72,919
MVP: Joe Montana


Game coverage:

The Sporting News
"49ers Pound Outmanned Broncos"

1989 San Francisco 49ers Roster

No. Name               Pos.   Ht.  Wt.   Birthdate  Exp  College

79  Barton, Harris      T      6-4  280  4/19/64     3  North Cirolina
13  Bono, Steve         QB     6-4  215  5/11/62     5  UCLA
64  Burt, Jim           NT     6-1  260  6/7/59      9  Miami
31  Brooks, Chet        S      5-11 191  1/1/66      2  Texas A&M
95  Carter, Michael     NT     6-2  285  10/29/60    6  SMU
 6  Cofer, Mike         K      6-1  190  2/19/64     2  North Carolina State
69  Collie, Bruce       G-T    6-6  275  6/27/62     5  Texas-Arlington
33  Craig, Roger        RB     6-0  214  7/10/60     7  Nebraska
59  DeLong, Keith       LB     6-2  235  8/14/67     R  Tennessee
75  Fagan, Kevin        DE     6-4  265  4/25/63     3  Miami
32  Flagler, Terrence   RB     6-0  200  9/24/64     3  Clemson
98  Goss, Antonio       LB     6-4  228  8/11/66     R  North Carolina
29  Griffin, Don        CB     6-0  176  3/17/64     4  Middle Tennessee St.
94  Haley, Charles      LB-DE  6-5  230  1/6/64      4  James Madison
 9  Helton, Barry       P      6-3  205  1/2/65      2  Colorado
30  Henderson, Keith    RB     6-1  220  8/4/66      R  Georgia
56  Hendrickson, Steve  LB     6-0  245  8/30/66     R  California
78  Holt, Pierce        DE     6-4  280  1/l/62      2  Angelo State
40  Jackson, Johnny     S      6-1  204  1/11/67     R  Houston
84  Jones, Brent        TE     6-4  230  2/12/63     3  Santa Clara
67  Kugler, Pete        NT     6-4  255  8/9/59      7  Penn State
42  Lott, Ronnie        S      6-0  200  5/8/59      9  USC
62  McIntyre, Guy       G      6-3  265  2/17/61     6  Georgia
22  McKyer, Tim         CB     6-0  174  9/5/63      4  Texas-Arlington
54  Millen, Matt        LB     6-2  245  3/12/58    10  Penn State
16  Montana, Joe        QB     6-2  195  6/11/56    11  Notre Dame
77  Paris, Bubba        T      6-6  299  10/6/60     7  Michigan
26  Pollard, Darryl     CB     5-11 187  5/11/64     3  Weber State
44  Rathman, Tom        RB     6-1  232  10/7/62     4  Nebraska
80  Rice, Jerry         WR     6-2  200  10/13/62    5  Mississippi Valley St.
91  Roberts, Larry      DE     6-3  275  6/2/63      4  Alabama
53  Romanowski, Bill    LB     6-4  231  4/2/66      2  Boston College
61  Sapolu, Jesse       C-G    6-4  260  3/10/61     4  Hawaii
88  Sherrard, Mike      WR     6-2  187  6/21/63     2  UCLA
96  Stubbs, Daniel      DE     6-4  260  1/3/65      2  Miami
66  Tausch, Terry       G      6-5  276  2/5/59      8  Texas
82  Taylor, John        WR     6-1  185  3/31/62     3  Delaware State
60  Thomas, Chuck       C-G    6-3  280  12/24/60    4  Oklahoma
23  Tillman, Spencer    RB     5-11 206  4/21/64     3  Oklahoma
58  Turner, Keena       LB     6-2  222  10/22/58   10  Purdue
74  Wallace, Steve      T      6-5  276  12/27/64    4  Auburn
89  Walls, Wesley       TE     6-5  246  2/26/66     R  Mississippi
99  Walter, Michael     LB     6-3  238  11/30/60    7  Oregon
81  Williams, Jamie     TE     6-4  245  2/25/60     7  Nebraska
85  Wilson, Mike        WR     6-3  215  12/19/58    9  Washington State
21  Wright, Eric        CB     6-1  185  4/18/59     8  Missouri
 8  Young, Steve        QB     6-2  200  10/11/61    5  BYU

 

 

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