January 29, 1995: Steve Young had been living in the shadow of 4-time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana for years in San Francisco. On this day, Young officially got the monkey off his back with a historic performance.
The real Super Bowl most people agree was played two weeks before in the NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers won 38-28 in a matchup with the two-time defending Super Bowl champs to punch their ticket to Super Bowl XXIX.
The 49ers (13-3) were heavy favorites against the San Diego Chargers (11-5). And the Niners showed why from the very first minutes of the game. On just the third play of the game, Young found Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice for a 44-yard touchdown for the fasted touchdown in Super Bowl history. On the second drive Young hit Pro Bowl running back Ricky Watters with a 51-yard TD pass.
San Diego would only make the game respectable once when running back Natrone Means' 1-yard score cut the lead to 14-7. But Young and the offense wouldn't let up. The QB would strike twice more before half, giving the 49ers a 28-10 halftime lead and tying him with the most TD passes ever in a Super Bowl half with 4 with Washington Redskins' Doug Williams.
But Young wasn't done there. He would throw two more touchdowns to Rice, setting a Super Bowl record with 6 touchdown passes. The 49ers held a 49-18 lead with almost 14 minutes left and Young stopped airing it out (maybe they wanted to win with 49 points). San Diego would score late to make it 49-26.
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Guess who was MVP? Yea, no way was Young not getting it on this day. He completed 24 out of 36 passes for 325 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Oh, and by the way he was the top rusher of the game with 49 rushing yards (the first time both top passer and rusher were the same person).
Rice caught 10 passes for 149 yards and had 3 touchdowns, tying his own receiving record. Watters also added 3 overall touchdowns.
Linebacker Ken Norton Jr. became the first and only player ever to win three consecutive Super Bowls (two with Dallas).
Teams wore throwback uniforms, celebrating the NFL's 75th anniversary. It was also fittingly the 49ers' 49th season as a franchise.
Here's to you Steve Young and the rest of the 1994 San Francisco 49ers and your Super Bowl win.