With momentum heavily favoring the Bengals — who were trailing 20-7 but threatening to tighten up the contest — the 49ers made a goal-line stand for the ages. Presented with a first-and-goal from the 49ers’ 3-yard line, the Bengals could not penetrate the goal line. Two runs set up a third-and-goal situation from the 1-yard line. Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson threw a swing pass to running back Charles Alexander, but 49ers linebacker Dan Bunz made a dramatic open-field tackle short of the end zone. Rather than attempt a field goal to trim the 49ers’ lead to 10, the Bengals went for it on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, and Cincinnati fullback Pete Johnson was stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
This was the first of five 49ers Super Bowl wins in 14 seasons, as San Francisco earned “Team of the ’80s” designation.