This Day In Sports History (January 24th) – Super Bowl XVI

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It was on this day in 1982 that Super Bowl XVI was held at the Pontiac Silverdome, home of the Detroit Lions. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 to capture the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

The 49ers took a 20-0 first half lead, led by quarterback Joe Montana, who ran for a touchdown and threw for another en route to being named as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Although the Bengals would mount a comeback in the second half, the 20-point deficit was too much for them to overcome. In addition to Montana’s two touchdowns, San Francisco received a record tying four field goals from kicker Ray Wersching.

Since meeting in Super Bowl XVI, the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals have gone in different directions. The 49ers have gone on to win four more Super Bowls, while the Bengals have made just one more appearance in the big game, losing once again to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIII.

Here are highlights from Super Bowl XVI.

Notable Birthdays

Rob Dibble, MLB – Born January 24th 1964 (age 50) in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Rocky Boiman, NFL – Born January 24th 1980 (age 34) in Cincinnati, Ohio

Scott Kazmir, MLB – Born January 24th 1984 (age 30) in Houston, Texas

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