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49ers strike it rich over Bengals
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 24, 1982
Exactly 134 years to the day after a prospecting band of Californians known as the 49ers found gold at Sutter's Mill north of San Francisco, another band of 49ers strike it rich.
In the first Super Bowl played in a cold-weather city, the 49ers hold off the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, indoors on artificial turf at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The 49ers take a 20-0 halftime lead before the Bengals rally in Super Bowl XVI.
But with the score 20-7 in the third period, a San Francisco goal-line stand slows Cincinnati's momentum. Linebacker Jack Reynolds stops 249-pound fullback Pete Johnson on second down from the one-yard line and again on fourth down from a foot from the goal line. On the first two plays of the stand, San Francisco only has 10 players on the field.
Quarterback Joe Montana (14-of-22 for 157 yards) is named the game's MVP after diving one-yard for the 49ers' first touchdown and throwing an 11-yard scoring pass to Earl Cooper for their other. Ray Wersching provides San Francisco's other 14 points with four field goals and two extra points.
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