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Posted: January 25, 1982

Super Bowl XVI MVP: Joe Montana wire reports

Joe Montana

The 49ers' Super Bowl era began with this 26-21 victory over Cincinnati. Most Valuable Player Joe Montana led the way by throwing a touchdown pass, scoring on a short run and directing drive after drive through the Bengals' defense.

San Francisco's first score, a 1-yard run by Montana, came after an impressive 11-play, 68-yard drive early in the first quarter. Montana then led another drive of 92 yards -- a Super Bowl record -- on 12 plays, capped off by an 11-yard TD pass to running back Earl Cooper.

The 49ers added a pair of field goals to grab a then-record 20-0 halftime lead. Cincinnati came back in the second half, and San Francisco needed a key goal-line stand late in the third quarter to maintain its advantage. Montana continued to run the finely tuned 49ers offense, setting up two more field goals on the way to the victory. Montana completed 14-of-22 passes for 157 yards.