Montana again had an excellent season and earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. In their first two playoff games , the 49ers defeated the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears by a combined score of 44— In the game, Montana threw for three touchdowns and completed 24 of 35 passes. He established the Super Bowl record for most yards passing in a single game and supplemented his passing with 59 yards rushing.
After the game, 49ers head coach Bill Walsh said: In , Montana suffered a severe back injury during week one of the season.
The injury was to a spinal disc in Montana's lower back and required immediate surgery. The injury was so severe that Montana's doctors suggested that Montana retire. Montana appeared in just eight games that season, and threw more interceptions than touchdown passes for the only time in his career. In , Montana had 31 touchdown passes, a career-high, in just 13 games. Montana crossed the picket line during the NFLPA strike and threw five touchdowns against replacement players.
In , he also set the NFL record for most consecutive pass attempts without an incomplete pass 22 ,  passed for 3, yards, and had a passer rating of Young's performance in was strong enough that by the time the season began, a controversy was in place as to who should get more playing time at quarterback. Young appeared in 11 games that year and rumors surfaced claiming that Montana might be traded.
Despite the competition for playing time, Montana received most of the playing time during the season. After a home loss to the Los Angeles Raiders that left the 49ers with a 6—5 record, the 49ers were in danger of missing the playoffs.
Montana regained the starting position and led the 49ers to a 10—6 record and the NFC Western Division title. Montana threw three first-half touchdowns as the 49ers won, 34—9.
Played at Soldier Field in Chicago, with temperatures in the single digits fahrenheit and a strong wind, Montana threw for yards and 3 touchdowns.
His first touchdown pass came on a 3rd down play late in the first quarter in which Montana threw a perfect sideline pass to Jerry Rice and Rice outran two Bears defenders for a yard score. In January , the 49ers again faced the Bengals in the Super Bowl. He completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl record yards and two touchdowns.
Despite his great performance, the 49ers found themselves trailing the Cincinnati Bengals 16—13 with only 3: But Montana calmly drove them down the field, completing 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards and throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to John Taylor with only 34 seconds left. The team finished the regular season with an NFL-best 14—2 record,  and their two losses were by a total of only five points.
Montana threw for 3, yards and 26 touchdowns, with only 8 interceptions, giving him what was then the highest single-season passer rating in NFL history, a mark subsequently broken by Young in , and later broken again by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in and by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during his record-breaking season.
In a memorable comeback win in week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles , Montana threw four touchdown passes in the 4th quarter. He finished with yards passing and five touchdown passes in the victory. The 49ers were successful in the playoffs, easily beating the Minnesota Vikings 41—13 and the Los Angeles Rams 30—3. Montana threw for a total of yards and 6 touchdowns in those 2 games, without a single interception. Then, in Super Bowl XXIV , Montana became the first player ever to win Super Bowl MVP honors for a third time, throwing for yards and a then Super Bowl record five touchdowns, while also rushing for 15 yards as the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55—10, the highest single team and most lopsided score in Super Bowl history.
In , Montana once again led the 49ers to the best regular season record 14—2 in the NFL. A highlight from the season was a rematch with the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers defense was able to hold backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler and the Giants without a touchdown, but the tide of the game changed when Montana was sacked by Leonard Marshall while rolling out of the quarterback pocket ; he was injured and left the game, which the Giants won, 15—13, on the last of five Giants field goals, which was set up by a fumble from 49ers running back Roger Craig.
Montana missed the entire season and most of the season with an elbow injury sustained during the pre-season.
In the final game of the regular season; a Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions , Montana stepped in and played the entire second half. Despite missing nearly two full seasons, Montana proved to be very effective, sealing the victory with "insurance points".
Though it was not known at the time, Montana would not see another snap in a 49er uniform. With Montana healthy and ready to play, a quarterback controversy soon emerged. Steve Young had proven his effectiveness in the two years he played while Montana was injured, and many fans and players alike felt that they had made the transition to Steve Young. Furthermore, Young did not want to play if he was used only as a backup.
A rift in the locker room developed, and Montana ultimately requested a trade. Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in April His trade, along with the free-agent signing of star Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen to the Chiefs, generated much media attention and excitement in Kansas City.
The Chiefs mailed three jerseys to Montana. One was number 3, his number from Notre Dame which the Chiefs had retired in honor of Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud , who offered to let him wear it. Another was number 19, which he wore in youth football and also briefly in training camp of the season with San Francisco, and the third was number 16, which Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson offered to let Montana wear since the organization had retired it.
Montana was injured for part of the season , but was still selected to his final Pro Bowl and led the Chiefs in two come-from-behind wins in the playoffs , reaching the AFC Championship Game where Kansas City lost to the Buffalo Bills. In their Wild Card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers , he threw a 7-yard fourth down touchdown pass to send the game into overtime.
Then against the Houston Oilers , he led the team to 28 second half points, including three touchdown passes to earn the 29th fourth quarter comeback win of his career. Including their two playoff victories that year the Chiefs only had one prior playoff win since Super Bowl IV , the Chiefs won 13 games, tying the franchise record for wins in a season. Montana returned healthy to the Chiefs in , starting all but two games.
His highlights included a classic duel with John Elway which Montana won, 31—28 on Monday Night Football, and a memorable game in week 2 when Montana played against his old team, the 49ers and Steve Young. In a much-anticipated match-up, Montana and the Chiefs prevailed and defeated the 49ers, 24— Montana led his team to a final playoff appearance in The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden , Eddie DeBartolo, Jr , and others.
Highlights from Montana's stay with San Francisco and interviews with former 49ers teammates were also shown. Bill Walsh served as the MC for the event. Super Bowl XXX would be dedicated to Montana, who ended the pregame ceremonies with the ceremonial coin toss. Among his career highlights, " The Catch " the game-winning touchdown pass vs.
For his career with the 49ers, Montana completed 2, of 4, passes for 35, yards with touchdowns and interceptions. He had 35 yard passing games including 7 in which he threw for over yards. He also rushed for 1, yards and 20 touchdowns. When Montana retired, his career passer rating was He has since been surpassed by five other players, which ranks his passer rating at 7th all-time.
Montana also had won games faster than any other quarterback until surpassed by Tom Brady in His number 16 was retired by the 49ers on December 15, , during halftime of the team's game against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
Montana also held the record for most passing yards on a Monday night game with against the Los Angeles Rams in Montana holds postseason records for most games with a passer rating over He also tied Terry Bradshaw 's record for consecutive playoff games with at least two touchdown passes 7 , though this record has since been broken by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Montana led his team to victory in each game, and was the first player ever to win three Super Bowl MVP awards. Montana also held the record for most Super Bowl pass completions 83 and still holds the record for pass attempts without throwing an interception. He was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and selected All-Pro six times.
Montana is an Americanized form of the surname Montani, which comes from northern Italy. His teammates in San Francisco called him "Bird Legs"   due to his very thin legs and small calves.
Montana has been married three times. In , he wed his hometown sweetheart, Kim Moses, during his second semester at Notre Dame; they divorced three years later. They have four children: October 10, , Elizabeth Jean b. December 20, , Nathaniel "Nate" Joseph b.
October 3, , and Nicholas Alexander b. Nate became an undrafted free agent from West Virginia Wesleyan after transferring from Notre Dame and the University of Montana , as did Nick, undrafted free agent from Tulane University having transferred from the University of Washington and Mt. In , Montana sued ex-wife Moses and a Dallas auction house for "violating his ' copyright and privacy rights'" after Moses "sold a bunch of letters and memorabilia from [Montana's] college days at Notre Dame.
In , doctors diagnosed Montana as having a narrow spinal cavity. He elected to have an operation, which was successful, and was able to return to football and continue his career. Montana resides in San Francisco, California. The town of Ismay, Montana , unofficially took the name of Joe, Montana, as a publicity stunt coordinated by the Kansas City Chiefs in Minimum pass attempts to qualify as career leader.
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Only games ending in a win or tie are included. Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors. Full Site Menu Return to Top. Dolphins , Jets , Patriots , Bills. Meanwhile, the 49ers started out their postseason by blowing out the Minnesota Vikings , 41— Minnesota started out the game by marching 70 yards on their opening drive and scoring a field goal to take a 3—0 lead.
But the 49ers dominated the rest of the game. On their first play from scrimmage, Montana completed a short pass to Rice, who then took it all the way to the end zone for a yard touchdown reception. The next time they had the ball, Montana led them on another touchdown drive, scoring on a short pass to tight end Brent Jones.
Then defensive back Chet Brooks intercepted a pass from Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson and returned it 28 yards, setting up Montana's third touchdown pass on an 8-yard toss to Taylor. Then just before halftime, Montana threw another touchdown pass to Rice, giving the 49ers a 28—3 halftime lead. Then in the fourth quarter, San Francisco scored two more touchdowns to put the game away: Montana finished the game with passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Wilson was held to just 9 completions for 74 yards, and was intercepted twice. The Rams scored first to take a 3—0 lead. However, the 49ers took over in the 2nd quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points on two touchdown passes by Montana and a touchdown run by Craig. By halftime, San Francisco had a commanding 21—3 lead and went on to a surprisingly easy 30—3 win and their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Montana had another superb performance, compiling passing yards and 2 touchdowns, again without throwing an interception. Rams quarterback Jim Everett was held to yards and threw 3 interceptions.
Although Elway's performance in the AFC Championship Game was widely considered his best ever, many sports writers and fans believed that the Broncos' best effort would not be good enough to beat the 49ers. After all, Denver had barely defeated the Steelers, who only had a 9—7 regular season record, while the 9—6—1 Cleveland Browns had almost overcome a point second half deficit before Denver put them away in the fourth quarter. Furthermore, the Elway-led Broncos had already lost two Super Bowls.
On the other hand, the Montana-led 49ers, with their powerful offense, had already won three Super Bowls. Montana came into this game with a 7—0 record as a starting quarterback at the Superdome due to the 49ers' dominance of their then-NFC West rival New Orleans Saints.
The 49ers' only loss in the Superdome in the s came in , when Mike Moroski started for an injured Montana. Shortly before he was to call the men's Division I college basketball championship game on April 2, , Musburger was fired by CBS management.
Cross, meanwhile, was made a color analyst alongside Tim Ryan for two seasons before he left after the season. In addition, both Butkus and McDonough left the network after this game; McDonough moved to NBC 's pregame team while Butkus decided to return to acting and philanthropic work.
CBS also debuted a new graphical package and theme song for their telecasts. The graphics became part of The NFL Today open while the theme continued to be used on game broadcasts for the next two seasons and replaced the original NFL Today theme, which had been used in remixed form for the season. The game drew a national Nielsen rating of This was the last Super Bowl to feature a kickoff time earlier than 6 p.
Grand Slam was broadcast after the game on CBS. The coin toss ceremony featured the recent inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Shell, who was then the head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders , became the first active head coach or player to join the coin toss ceremonies.
Bradshaw, not to be outdone, joined the ceremonies on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Super Bowl IX , which had been played at Tulane Stadium and saw the Pittsburgh Steelers win their first world championship.
The halftime show was a salute to both New Orleans and the 40th anniversary of the comic strip Peanuts. The show featured performances by clarinetist Pete Fountain , fiddle player Doug Kershaw , and singer Irma Thomas — all Louisiana natives.
The finale featured a float that was dressed up as a riverboat that rose several stories high. The float was so huge that one of the goal posts had to be moved so it could be put on the field.
The 49ers blew out the Broncos by gaining yards of total offense, holding the ball for The San Francisco defense also limited the Broncos to yards, 12 first downs, and a time of possession to The 49ers converted all of the turnovers into touchdowns, needing only four plays total to score on the last three.
On their opening possession, the Broncos were forced to punt after three plays, and the 49ers scored on their ensuing drive, marching 66 yards in 10 plays and scoring on a yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Montana to wide receiver Jerry Rice.
The Broncos responded with a yard scoring drive, mainly on plays by running back Bobby Humphrey , who rushed 4 times for 22 yards and caught a yard shovel pass , quarterback John Elway 's longest completion of the game. Kicker David Treadwell finished the drive with a yard field goal to cut the Broncos' deficit to 7—3.
Denver's defense forced San Francisco to punt on their next drive after three plays, and wide receiver Vance Johnson gave his team good field position with a 7-yard return to the Broncos' yard line.
But then Humphrey lost a fumble at midfield while being tackled by defensive end Kevin Fagan , and safety Chet Brooks recovered the loose ball for San Francisco at the 49ers' yard line.
At this point, the 49ers completely took over the game. Ten plays after the fumble recovery, the 49ers scored on a 7-yard pass from Montana to tight end Brent Jones.
Kicker Mike Cofer missed the extra point attempt wide right, keeping the score at 13—3, but it turned out to be the only miscue the 49ers would make for the rest of the game.
Once again, the Broncos were forced to punt three plays after the ensuing kickoff, and the 49ers advanced 69 yards in 14 plays to score another touchdown. The key player on that drive was fullback Tom Rathman , who caught 3 passes for 39 yards, kept the drive alive with a successful run on a fourth down, and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 20—3. With under two minutes left in the first half, wide receiver John Taylor 's yard punt return gave the 49ers the ball near midfield.
Just over a minute later, San Francisco scored another touchdown with a yard completion from Montana to Rice, increasing their lead to 27—3 at the end of the half. When the second half started, the 49ers picked up right where they left off.
Linebacker Michael Walter intercepted Elway's first pass of the third quarter, and Montana threw a yard touchdown pass to Rice on the next play. Then Elway was intercepted again on the Broncos' ensuing drive, this time by Brooks, who returned the ball 38 yards to the Denver yard line. Two plays later, Montana fooled defensive back Steve Atwater with a pump fake in Rice's direction, and then threw a yard touchdown pass to Taylor, making the score 41—3 before the quarter was 6 minutes old.
San Francisco had scored 3 touchdowns in less than 6 minutes to blow open the game. Denver's lone touchdown came on their next possession, a yard, 5-play drive.
First, Broncos defensive back Darren Carrington returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards to the yard line. Elway's yard completion to Johnson, a yard run from Humphrey, and a pass interference penalty on 49ers linebacker Bill Romanowski moved the ball to the San Francisco 1-yard line.
Elway then capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run on third down, cutting their deficit to 41— However, the 49ers continued to dominate the Broncos.