Super Bowl XXIII was an American football game played on January 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion following the 1988 regular season. This was the first Super Bowl hosted in the Miami area in 10 years, and the first in Miami not held at the Orange Bowl. This was also the last Super Bowl played on the second to last Sunday in January. From 1990 to 2001, the game was played on the last Sunday of January and since 2002, on the first Sunday in February (with the exception of Super Bowl XXXVII, which was played on January 26, 2003).
The National Conference (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers (13-6) defeated the American Conference (AFC) champion Cincinnati Bengals (14-5), 20-16. This was the second meeting between the two teams in the Super Bowl, their first meeting being seven years earlier.
The game is remembered for the 49ers' fourth-quarter game-winning drive. Down 16-13, San Francisco got the ball on their own eight yard line with 3:10 on the clock and marched 92 yards down the field in under three minutes. They then scored the winning touchdown on a Joe Montana pass to John Taylor with just 35 seconds left in the game.
49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice was named the Super Bowl MVP. He caught 11 passes for a Super Bowl record 215 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing once for 5 yards.
This was the final NFL game coached by the 49ers' Bill Walsh as well as the final Super Bowl that Pete Rozelle presided over as NFL Commissioner.
On January 26, 2006, NFL.com ranked this game number 1 on its list of the top 10 Super Bowls of all time.
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