SUPER BOWL XVI San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan January 24, 1982 Attendance: 81,270
San Francisco 49ers (NFC)
Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
San Francisco defeated Cincinnati for their first Super Bowl title.
This would be Joe Montana's coming out party. He engineered a machine-like ball-controlled offense, completing 14-of-22 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown pass and running for another.
Montana, who built a 20-0 lead, met his match in CIncinnati's Ken Anderson. Anderson establishedSuper Bowl passing records for completions (25) and percentage (73.5 percent on 25 of 34). He brought the Bengals back from the record 20-0 deficit on a five-yard TD run of his own and a four-yard TDpass to TE Dan Ross. Ray Wershing, who would set a Super Bowl record with four field goals, added a pair of three-pointers early in the fourth-quarter. This would prove to be the difference, as the Bengals stormed back for another score in the waning seconds on a three-yard TD pass to Ross once again. Ross would set a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions for 104 yards.
Cincinnati outgained San Francisco 356 yards to 275, but four turnovers made the difference in the first Super Bowl game played in a cold weather city. However, the game was played indoors at the newPontiac Silverdome in Michigan.