On January 24, 1982, the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals faced off in Super Bowl XVI. The game, played at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, MI, marked the first Super Bowl appearance for both teams. The 49ers were coached by the legendary Bill Walsh while the Bengals were led on to the field by former Packer All Pro Forrest Gregg. San Francisoco reached the big game by beating the Giants in the divisional title game and the Cowboys for the Conference Championship. The Bengals topped the Bills in their first round playoff game and the Chargers in the AFC TItle game.
The 49ers took the lead in the first quarter on a one yard td run from 3rd year QB Joe Montana. In the second quarter Montana hit FB Earl Cooper on an 11 yard td pass to put the Niners up 14 - 0.
Two Ray Wersching field goals (22 yards, 26 yards) rounded out the scoring and the teams went to their respective locker rooms with a 20 - 0 score.
Cincinnati came out firing on their first possession of the second half. QB Ken Anderson ran it in from the 5, putting the Bengals on the board for the first time, 20 - 7 SF.
That score held as the teams headed into the final quarter of the 1981 season. Cincinnati struck first again when Anderson connected with TE Dan Ross on a 4 yard TD pass. SF 20 - Cincinnati 14.
Ray Wersching and the Niners went to work after that as the former Cal kicker hit two more field goals finishing the 49ers scoring at 26. The Bengals didn't give up and scored with less than 20 seconds left on another Anderson - Ross td. Cincinnati tried an onsides kick but SF recovered, sealing the 49ers first Super Bowl win.
Montana was named as the game's MVP. He completed 14 / 22 passes for 157 yards, one passing and one rushing td.
The 'Freezer Bowl', played January 10, 1982, was the AFC Championship Game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers. This game was played in brutal conditions at Riverfront Stadium in the coldest temperature in NFL history in terms of wind chill. The temperature was at minus 9 at kickoff and the wind chill plummeted to a negative 59. The Bengals went on to defeat the Chargers 27-7 and advanced to their first Super Bowl.
In case you missed it, check out some game clips below.
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