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 Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl Champions after a 31-25 victory over the Pittsuburgh Steelers. With over 300 yards passing and three TDs, MVP Aaron Rodgers led his team to the big win and is bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy home for the first time in 14 years. Packers wide receiever, Greg Jennings said post-game, "Wow! It's a great day to be great, baby." We agree, Greg.
Congratualtions to the Green Bay Packers and their fans, baby.
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Just wanted to share this cool slide show of some Packer employees getting the jerseys ready for the big game on Sunday. We love these pics. Click on the link below to see more.
Super Bowl Jersey Prep
Well, it's here. The weekend. And, its not just any weekend, it is Super Bowl Weekend. All week we have educated and entertained you (we hope) with history, stories and facts about past Super Bowls and the customs everyone associates with the event. Today, we want to give you insight into some more obscure and random info that we find interesting. So, if you have always wondered how commercials became such an intergral part of the game or why grown men feel the need to scream, 'I'm going to Disneyland' afterwards... keep on reading and enjoy!
1 - Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Hannibal...Apple's 1984 Macintosh commerical? World renowned Director and Producer, Ridley Scott, is the man to thank for making the Super Bowl the premier showcase for extravagant commercials. In 1984 he directed the commerical that introduced the Macintosh computer to the world. This commerical aired only once on daytime tv, during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl XVIII
2 - Do players really have a burning desire to immediately flock to Disneyland after they are presented with the Lombardi Trophy? No... they were paid to say that. The Walt Disney Company started this slogan in 1987 to promote both the Florida and California Theme Parks. The first use of the commercial featured an M&N favorite, Phil Simms interviewed by famed radio commentator, Mark Champion.
3- The Super Bowl is typically the most watched television program each year, with an estimated average of 80-90 million Americans tuning in at any given moment. Having said that, we find it ironic that the first six Super Bowls were blacked out in the host cities because the game was not a sell out.
4- Fans not quite lucky enough to witness a sporting event live do have one advantage over the in-stadium spectators...the aerial views. The Goodyear Blimp has become a staple in sports culture providing us with amazing shots of arenas and stadiums from high above. In 1960, the first images from a camera installed on one of Goodyear’s blimps were broadcast on national television from Miami’s Orange Bowl. From that point on, the blimps covered sporting events of all kinds... including the Super Bowl. Follwing the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the Super Bowl has become a National Special Security Event by the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security. Amongst other precautions, blimps and other non-military airspace traffic are grounded.
5- The Vince Lombardi Trophy, originally the Titletown Trophy, stands at 22 inches tall, is valued at $25,000 and is made entirely of sterling silver by Tiffany & Co. As pictured below, the trophy depicts a regulation-size football in the kicking position.
Well, we hope you enjoyed our themed posts all week... enjoy the game!
One of the biggest and most important elements of a Super Bowl party is FOOD! There are many foods that have become Super Bowl staples and others that may have been or are added on as the years go by.
Here is a list of our top five favorite Super Bowl snacks:
Pigs in a blanket
7 layer dip
What are your favorites?
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