Super Bowl XXIV (Jan. 28, 1990)
San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
Any conversation about the greatest team in NFL history usually begins with the 1989 49ers and, oftentimes, ends here as well. The 49ers, under rookie coach George Siefert, were the defending champs and had only dropped two games all year, by a combined five points, and Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and Ronnie Lott were at the height of their powers and favored by 12 points. The Broncos were no match. After the 49ers scored two touchdowns in every quarter -- they missed a PAT in the first quarter -- they had their record-tying fourth Lombardi Trophy, while the Broncos had lost their record-tying fourth Super Bowl game. Montana was MVP after throwing a record five TDs among his 297 yards on 22 of 29 passing. Twenty-three years later, it is still the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history, and the most points scored by a team in the game. How did Mike Cofer miss that PAT?
-- Paul Gutierrez