Super Bowl XLVII is just days away. As we officially begin one of the biggest weeks in sports, we take a look back at what happened on this date, Jan. 28, in Super Bowl history. Today’s flashback features the two teams that will take the field on Sunday in Super Bowl 2013:
January 28, 1990: San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos
In Super Bowl XXIV, the San Francisco 49ers routed the Denver Broncos by a score of 55-1o to give the 49ers their second consecutive title. To this day, 55 points remain the most ever scored in a Super Bowl, and 45 points is still the largest margin of victory. In the win, Joe Montana earned MVP honors for the third time in his career and captured his record-tying fourth Super Bowl victory.
January 28, 1996: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
In Super Bowl XXX, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 27-17. It would mark the first time in NFL history that a cornerback, Larry Brown, won the MVP award. Additionally, the victory gave the Cowboys’ Charles Haley a record setting fifth Super Bowl ring as a player, a record which still stands today. It was the Cowboys’ fifth Super Bowl win, which at the time, tied the 49ers for the most Super Bowl rings by a franchise.
January 28, 2001: Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants
In Super Bowl XXXV, the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants by a score of 34-7 in one of the top three defensive performances in Super Bowl history. The Ravens, led by the eventual MVP Ray Lewis, held the Giants to just 152 yards of offense. Every Giants’ drive, until the final drive of the game during which time expired, ended in either a punt or a turnover. The Giants’ lone score came on a kick-off return which was quickly answered with a Ravens’ kick return. The win marked the first Super Bowl title for the Ravens, though the Colts had previously won one in 1971.
Join us again tomorrow as we take another look back at Super Bowl history.