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Detroit revisited: Super Bowl XVI
SUPER BOWL XL - DETROIT
Joe Montana
Live coverage on the BBC Sport website & on BBC Radio Five Live from 2200 GMT on Sunday 5 February
BBC Sport looks back at the last time the Super Bowl came to Detroit, in 1982, when a certain Joe Montana played a prominent part in proceedings.

Super Bowl XVI was something of a gamble on the part of the NFL as the league had never staged its showpiece contest so far north before.

Temperatures in Pontiac, the city in the Greater Detroit area which hosted the big game, plunged as low as -12C on the day.

But fans inside the Silverdome were warmed by a memorable game which saw the legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana win his first NFL title.

Montana's San Francisco team faced fellow Super Bowl debutantes Cincinnati, with the Bengals marshalled by QB Ken Anderson.

It was the 49ers who got off to a flyer, racing to a 20-0 half-time lead.

Montana capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run, and also set up Earl Cooper to score.

His TD came after a Super Bowl-record 92-yard drive on 12 plays.

Ray Wersching also kicked field goals of 22 and 26 yards as the 49ers built up a seemingly unbeatable advantage.

But the Bengals bounced back in the second half, with Anderson outshining rising star Montana for a time.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Ken Anderson
The Bengals were beaten despite Anderson's heroics
They closed the gap to 20-14 via his five-yard run and Dan Ross's four-yard reception from Anderson.

The Bengals quarterback established Super Bowl passing records for completions (25) and completion percentage (73.5% on 25 of 34).

Wersching added early fourth-period field goals of 40 and 23 yards to increase the 49ers' lead to 26-14.

Cincinnati rallied again to score on an Anderson-to-Ross three-yard pass with only 16 seconds remaining, but the 49ers held on for victory.

Ross set a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions for 104 yards.

Montana, the game's MVP, completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards.

Cincinnati compiled 356 yards to San Francisco's 275 - the first time in Super Bowl history that the team gaining most yards from scrimmage lost the game.

San Francisco went on to even greater things, winning further Super Bowls in 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995.

The 1989 triumph also came against Cincinnati, who have never been back to the Bowl since.




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