This Day In Sports History (January 20th) – Super Bowl XIX

It was on this day in 1985 that Super Bowl XIX took place at Stanford Stadium, on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 to capture the franchise’s second Super Bowl title.

This game was a battle of two great quarterbacks as Joe Montana went up against Dan Marino. Montana went on to be the star of the game, as he passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns while completing 24 of his 35 pass attempts. Montana also added 59 rushing yards on five attempts and a rushing score and was an easy choice as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Marino had trouble with the 49ers’ defense as they intercepted him twice and sacked him four times in what would turn out to be Marino’s only Super Bowl appearance of his career.

This was the 49ers’ second Super Bowl title of the 80’s and they would go on to win two more in 1988 and 1989 to close out the decade with four Super Bowl titles. Montana joined Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in history to lead his team to four championships.

Here is a halftime report from Super Bowl XIX.

Notable Birthdays

Ron Harper, NBA – Born January 20th 1964 (age 48) in Dayton, Ohio

Brian Giles, MLB – Born January 20th 1971 (age 41) in El Cajon, California

David Eckstein, MLB – Born January 20th 1975 (age 37) in Sanford, Florida

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