Super Bowl XV|Super Bowl XVII

January 24, 1982

Thanks to "The Catch", San Francisco earned its first Super Bowl appearance on the way to becoming the dynasty team of the 80s, winning 26-21 over Ickey Woods and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Despite having a 20- lead over the Bengals at halftime, it took the 49ers special teams, namely kicker Ray Wersching's 4 field goals to keep that lead as the Bengals roared back in the second half. They eventually ran out of time, however, sending the 49ers home with the trophy.

Legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana was named MVP for the game. Attendance at the Silverdome was 81,270. Bill Walsh was the head coach for SF, while Forrest Gregg led the Bengals.

Statistics (from www.superbowl.com):

                           SCORING
San Francisco           7 13  0  6 -- 26
Cincinnati              0  0  7 14 -- 21

SF-  Montana 1 run  (Wersching kick),  9:08 1st
SF-  E. Cooper 11 pass from Montana (Wersching kick),
     8:07 2nd
SF-  FG Wersching 22, 14:45 2nd
SF-  FG Wersching 26, 14:58 2nd
CIN- Anderson 5 run  (Breech kick),  3:35 3rd
CIN- Ross 4 pass from Anderson (Breech kick),
     4:54 4th
SF-  FG Wersching 40,  9:35 4th
SF-  FG Wersching 23, 13:03 4th
CIN- Ross 3 pass from Anderson (Breech kick),
     14:44 4th

TEAM STATISTICS               S.F.           Cin.
Total First Downs              20             24
  Rushing                       9              7
  Passing                       9             13
  Penalty                       2              4
Total Net Yardage             275            356
Total Offensive Plays          63             63
  Avg. Gain per Off. Play     4.4            5.7
Rushes                         40             24
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)  127             72
  Average Yards per Rush      3.2            3.0
Passes Attempted               22             34
  Passes Completed             14             25
  Had Intercepted               0              2
  Tackled Attempting to Pass    1              5
  Yards Lost Attempting to Pass 9             16
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)  148            284
Punts                           4              3
  Average Distance           46.3           43.7
Punt Returns                    1              4
  Punt Return Yardage           6             35
Kickoff Returns                 2              7
  Kickoff Return Yardage       40             52
Interception Return Yardage    52              0
Fumbles                         2              2
  Own Fumbles Recovered         1              0
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered    2              1
Penalties                       8              8
  Yards Penalized              65             57
Total Points Scored            26             21
Touchdowns                      2              3
  Rushing                       1              1
  Passing                       1              2
  Returns                       0              0
Extra Points                    2              3
Field Goals                     4              0
  Field Goals Attempted         4              0
Safeties                        0              0
Third-Down Efficiency        8/15           6/12
Fourth-Down Efficiency        0/0            1/2
Time of Possession          30:34          29:26

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
San Francisco         No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Patton                17        55      10     0
E. Cooper              9        34      14     0
Montana                6        18       8     1
Ring                   5        17       7     0
Davis                  2         5       4     0
Clark                  1        -2       2     0

Cincinnati            No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Johnson               14        36       5     0
Alexander              5        17      13     0
Anderson               4        15       6     1
A. Griffin             1         4       4     0


Passing
San Francisco    Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Montana           22      14     157     1     0

Cincinnati       Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Anderson          34      25     300     2     2


Receiving
San Francisco     No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Solomon            4        52      20     0
Clark              4        45      17     0
E. Cooper          2        15      11t    1
Wilson             1        22      22     0
Young              1        14      14     0
Patton             1         6       6     0
Ring               1         3       3     0

Cincinnati        No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Ross              11       104      16     2
Collinsworth       5       107      49     0
Curtis             3        42      21     0
Kreider            2        36      19     0
Johnson            2         8       5     0
Alexander          2         3       3     0


Interceptions
San Francisco     No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Hicks              1        27      27     0
Wright             1        25      25     0

Cincinnati        No.      Yds.     LG    TD
None              --        --      --    --


Punting
San Francisco     No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Miller             4        46.3    50     0

Cincinnati        No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
McInally           3        43.7    53     0


Punt Returns
San Francisco    No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Hicks             1     0       6     6    0
Solomon           0     1       0    **    0

Cincinnati       No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Fuller            4     0      35    17    0


Kickoff Returns
San Francisco    No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Hicks             1        23      23     0
Lawrence          1        17      17     0

Cincinnati       No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Verser            5        52      16     0
Frazier           1         0       0     0
A. Griffin        1         0       0     0



San Francisco 49ers      Cincinnati Bengals      
                   ==  Offense  ==                     
Quillan, Fred    C    Bush, Blair          C 
Ayers, John      G    Lapham, Dave         G 
Cross, Randy     G    Montoya, Max         G 
Audick, Dan      T    Munoz, Anthony       T 
Fahnhorst, Keith T    Wilson, Mike         T 
Young, Charle    TE   Ross, Dan            TE
Clark, Dwight    WR   Collinsworth, Cris   WR
Solomon, Freddie WR   Curtis, Isaac        WR
Patton, Ricky    RB   Alexander, Charles   RB
Cooper, Earl     FB   Johnson, Pete        FB
Montana, Joe     QB   Anderson, Ken        QB

                   ==  Defense  ==                      
Board, Dwaine    DT   Whitley, Wilson      NT 
Reese, Archie    DT   Browner, Ross        DE 
Dean, Fred       DE   Edwards, Eddie       DE 
Stuckey, Jim     DE   Harris, Bo           OLB
Reynolds, Jack   OLB  Williams, Reggie     OLB
Turner, Keena    OLB  Cameron, Glenn       ILB
Leopold, Bobby   MLB  LeClair, Jim         ILB
Lott, Ronnie     CB   Breeden, Louis       CB 
Wright, Eric C.  CB   Riley, Ken           CB 
Williamson, Car. SS   Hicks, Bryan         FS 
Hicks, Dwight    FS   Kemp, Bobby          SS 

           ==  Substitute  ==                    
Bunz, Dan                    Bass, Don                  
Choma, John                  Breech, Jim                
Davis, Johnny                Burley, Gary               
Downing, Walt                Davis, Oliver              
Gervais, Rick                Dinkel, Tom                
Harper, Willie               Frazier, Guy               
Harty, John                  Fuller, Mike               
Kennedy, Allan               Griffin, Archie            
Lawrence, Amos               Griffin, Ray               
McColl, Milt                 Hargrove, Jim              
Miller, Jim G.               Harris, M. L.              
Pillers, Larry               Horn, Rod                  
Puki, Craig                  Kreider, Steve             
Ramson, Eason                McInally, Pat              
Ring, Bill                   Moore, Blake               
Shumann, Mike                Obrovac, Mike              
Thomas, Ronald               Razzano, Rick              
Wersching, Ray               Simmons, John              
Wilson, Mike R.              St. Clair, Mike            
                             Verser, David              

                  ==  Did Not Play  ==                   
Benjamin, Guy                Bujnoch, Glenn
Easley, Walt                 Schonert, Turk             
Elliott, Lenvil              Thompson, Jack             
Martin, Saladin            

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