The Greenville News from Greenville, South Carolina on January 23, 1989 · 24
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4Ssrc 20, BangaSs 1 6 The Orrrniullr Nrus Monday, January 23, 1989 ol on mive to champion o i L itteiieH'M Montana was Joe Co ship THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Joe Montana ... coolest under pressure Walsh not ready to say if he'll stay MIAMI (AP) Bill Walsh has his "lifetime experience," a third Super Bowl title, but he's not ready to say that he won't try for more. And some of his players don't want him to quit just yet. "I think Bill's got like two or three more years in him. At least, I hope so," Most Valuable Player Jerry Rice said after the San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati 20-16 Sunday for their third championship of the decade. Is the coach finished? "I'm not about to say that," Walsh said. "(Team owner Eddie DeBartolo) and I have to visit. This is a lifetime experience. ... This is the greatest moment I can recall with the San Francisco 49ers." Speculation that Walsh will resign followed him throughout the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. "I'm going to meet with Eddie DeBartolo, as I've said all along, U if t - r Tim Krumrie of the Bengals is taken off field 2 players break legs MIAMI (AP) Bones broke faster than records in Super Bowl XXIII as key linemen on different sides of the ball were wheeled off the field with busted legs early in the first quarter, including Pro Bowl nose tackle Tim Krumrie of the Bengals. Krumrie cracked his left tibia and fibula on a freak play in the open field. A few minutes earlier, Steve Wallace, San Francisco's 6-foot-5, 276-pound offensive left tackle, left the game after fracturing the left fibula on just the third play from scrimmage. Krumrie remained at Joe Robbie Stadium into the second half before doctors advised him to leave for a hospital and an examination. Wallace remained at the stadium. Wallace was pass-blocking on a flare-out to Roger Craig, who Bengals' Wilson suspended for MIAMI (AP) Stanley Wilson, trying to come back from a five-year battle with drugs, was barred from the Super Bowl because of a cocaine problem that has ended his football career, Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche said Sunday night. "Stanley Wilson didn't screw up," Wyche said after the Bengals were beaten 20-16 by San Francisco. "The cocaine overtook him, and I don't know but that our country is going to hell in a handbasket and we don't know it. This h a symptom of it." Knlght-Rldder Newspaper MIAMI There was an inevitability to the final drive by Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. Already having quarterbacked the 49ers to two previous NFL titles, Montana showed poise and confidence befitting someone who has been labeled "the quarterback of the '80s," as he relentlessly led the Niners down the field in the closing minutes of Super Bowl XXIII at Joe Robbie Stadium. Then, with only 34 seconds remaining, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver John Taylor, giving the Niners a 20-16 victory over Cincinnati in what has to rank as one of the most entertaining Super Bowls. Montana hit Taylor from 10 yards out, capping a 92-yard, 11-play drive. The catch was the early next week," Walsh said. "And we'll decide what our future should be." There have been reports that the relationship between Walsh and DeBartolo is strained but they stood together to accept the championship trophy. "This trophy is Bill Walsh's trophy," DeBartolo said. "I appreciate the thought," Walsh said. "I'm so proud of everybody. Eddie DeBartolo, our entire organization." When the game ended, the coach was surrounded by a pack of photographers. He walked slowly off the field with his right arm around Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche, a former assistant. "I love him very much," Walsh said later. "We're very close." There has been speculation that if Walsh resigns, Wyche will succeed him. THE ASSOCIATED PHEbS picked up 10 yards to the San Francisco 42. But Bengals end Jason Buck charged through Wallace and knocked him back over Montana as the ball was thrown. Wallace's leg appeared to twist under Montana as the quarterback fell. Four plays after filling in, David Grant was called for roughing the passer, a penalty that helped fuel a drive that brought San Francisco's first field goal. Krumrie was injured on the first play of San Francisco's second possession, as the 49ers were pinned back on their own 3-yard line after a 36-yard punt by Lee Johnson. Krumrie was pursuing Craig on a trap, and as Krumrie turned sharply to his left he apparently planted his left cleat in the soft grass and twisted his leg trying to switch directions. Stanley Wilson has missed two entire seasons because of drug li 5 " f Wilson, who has missed two full seasons because of drugs, was declared ineligible for the Super Bowl hours before the game because of what the NFL said was a violation of the league sabstance Play-by-play through the drive 1st down, 10 from the SF 8-yard line: Montana S pass to Craig (Fulcher). 2-1-1 7 Montana 5 pas to Frank. 1- 10-23 Montana S pass to Rice along right sideline. 2- 2-31 Craig no gain on draw up middle (Barker). 2-MINUTE WARNING 3- 2-31 Craig 4 run on draw (Skow), Skow injured on play. CINCINNATI TIMEOUT 1 -10-35 Montana 17 pass to Rice along left sideline. 1-10-Cin48 Montana 13 pass to Craig. first of the day for Taylor, a native of Pennsauken, N.J. While it was Taylor whose grab won the game, it was Jerry Rice, the Niners' Pro Bowl wide receiver, who had a spectacular day. Rice made 11 catches for 215 yards and was named the Super Bowl MVP. "I'd rather give the the MVP award to Joe Montana," Rice said. "Any day. He had the lead SUPER BOWL XXIII 49ers: 3 Bengals: 0 10 20 30 40 50 40 I I I Tf i ; -i 1.P UJ : CO :2.P P: Punt TO: Touchdown FG: Field Goal F: Fumble TX: Time Expired BK: Blocked Kick 49er Bengals 1. Began on: 4Bers 27 1. Began ore Bengals 26 Result: Punt (6 plays) Result: Punt (7 plays) 2. Began on: 49ers 3 2. Began on: Bengals 20 Result: 41 yd. Field Goal Result: Punt JS plays) (13 plays) 3. Began on: 49ers 31 : Result: First qtr. ended on Bengals 46 SUPER BOWL XXIH 49ers: 3 Bengal: 3 P: Punt TD: Touchdown FG: Field Goal F: Fumble TX: 77me Expired BK: Blocked Kick 0 10 203040S0403020 10 0 1. MF i J i I i Nj.pI rs pi li l - I . ; I XFG (Myde) V) J. ..'; zi ! 1 I .. tL. 49ers Bengals 1. Began on: (cont.) Bengals 4 1. Began on: Bengals 20 Result: Missed FleM Ooal Result: Punt (3 pitys) :;; (7 plays) VyB:::i:B 2. Began on: Bengals 46 2. Began on: Bengals 41 Result: Fumble (3 plays) Result: Punt (5 plays) 3. Began on: 49ers 11 .". yt''.: 3, Began on: 49ere 44 yy'XSiy Result: Punt (7 plays) Result: 1 yd. Field Goal : (Splays :.:.::.7YVTi:;:li::s:-t; 4. Began on: 49srs 25 4. Began on: Bengals 3 Result: Punt (4 plays) Result: 2nd qtr. ended on Bengals 3 Statistics Cincinnati 0 3 10 314 San Francisco 3 0 3 1420 First Quarter SF FG Coter 41. 11:46. Drive: 73 yards, 13 plays. Kev plays : Montana 16 pass to Rath-man on 3rd and 10; Montana 22 pass to Wilson ruled incomplete by replay official. San Francisco 3 Cincinnati 0. Second Quarter On FG Breech 34, 13:45. Drive: 28 yards, 6 plays. Key play: Eslason 18 pass to McGee on 2nd and 7. San Francisco 3, Cincinnati 3. Third Quarter On FG Breech 43, 9:21. Drive: 61 yards, 13 ploys. Key plays: Eslason 23 and 11 passes to Colllnsworth; Woods 3 run on 3rd and 1. Cincinnati 6 San Francisco 3. SF FG Cofer 32, 14:10. Drive: 8 yards, 4 plays. Key play: Eslason pass Intercepted by Romonowskl and returned to Bengals 23; Montana 5 pass to Rice. Cincinnati t, San Francisco 4. On Jennings 93 kickoff return Breech k Ick ), 14 : 26. Cincinnati 13, San Francisco 6. Fourth Quarter SF Rice 14 pass from Montana (Cofer kick), :S7. Drive: 85 yards, 4 plays. Key play: Montana 40 pass to Craig. Cincinnati 13, San Francisco13. On FG Breech 40, 1 1 : 40. Drive : 46 yards, 11 Plays. Kev plays: Eslason 17 pass to Hillary on 3rd and 12; Woods 9 run; Eslason 13 pass to Brooks. Cincinnati 16, San Francisco 13. SF Taylor 10 pass from Montana (Cofer kick), 14:26. Drive: 92 yards, 1 1 plays. Key plays: Craie4runon3rdand2; Montana 27 pass to R Ice on 2nd and 20. San Francisco 20, Cincinnati It. A 75,179. FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty THI RD DOWN EFF FOURTH DOWN EFF TOTAL NET YARDS Total Plays AvgGaln NET YARDS RUSHING Rushes Avg per rush On SF 13 23 7 6 6 16 0 1 4-13 4-13 0-1 0-0 229 454 64 67 3.6 6.8 106 111 28 28 3.8 4.0 abuse policy. No one would say exactly what happened. But NFL spokesman Joe Browne said Wilson ran into problems Saturday night, when he missed a team meeting. Refusing to give a detailed account of what led to Wilson's latest troubles, Wyche said: "The league will make all statements on that. We're going to do that for the sake of Stanley. I still love the man. I'm still pulling for his life. Football is now over for him, but his life is not." Wyche said there wouM be no 1- 19-35 Monatana incomplete pass (out ol bounds). 2- 10-35 Montana 6 pass to Rice, brought back by 10-yard ineligible-receiver downfield penalty on Cross. 2-20-45 Montana 27 pass to Rice cutting through middle (Dixon). 1- 10-18 Montana 8 pass to Craig (Morton). CINCINNATI TIMEOUT (:39) 2- 2-10 Montana 10 pass to Taylor over middle lor touchdown at :34; 14:26 elapsed. Coler kick. ership. He took total control and showed the leadership we really . needed." Center Randy Cross, who ended his 13-year pro career with Sunday's game, said that a feeling of certainty had come over the 49ers offensive unit as it drove for the winning touchdown and that most of it had to do with Montana. "About midway through that 30 20 10 i.?.P I 0 10 20 1. FG (43 CO ; 2. FG 141 yds. 21. 2 I : '2 - UJ . 3.TX 03 3.10 (93 yd I: Interception SD: Stopped on Down MF: Missed Field Goal -'. P: Punt TD: Touchdown FG: Field Goal 49er s Bengals C 1. Began on: 49ers 31 1. Began on: Bengals 14 ..; Result: Punt (7 plays) ' Result: 43 yd. Field Goal (16 plays) 2. Began on: Bengals 23 2. Began on: Bengals 19 Result: 32 yd. Field Goal Intercepted (I play) (3 plays) 3. Began on: 49ere 15 3. Began on: Bengals 7 : Result: Third qtr. ended at Result: 93 yd. kickofl return 49ers 46 (1 play) lor touchdown le J"'lal 0 10 20 2. MF i 3. TO (10 yd. I: Interception SO: Stopped on Down UF: Missed Field Goal P: Punt TD: Touchdown FG: Field Goal 49ers Bengals t 1, Began on: (cont) 49ers 46 1. Began on: Bengals 35 Result: 14 yd. Touchdown Result: Punt (5 plays) s pass f3ptays)'-t3W:''ii:jS: 2. Began on: 49ers 18 2. Began on: Bengals 32 Result: Missed 49 yd. Field Result: 40 yd. Field Goal Goal (4 plays) (1 1 plays) 31 Began on: 49ers 8 3. Began on: Bengals 26 . Result: 10 yd. Touchdown Result: Game ends on pa (12 plays) Bengals 27 (4 plays) NET YARDS PASSING 123 343 Completed-Att. 11-25 23-36 Yards per Pass Play 3.4 8.8 Sacked-Yds lost 5-21 3-14 Had Intercepted 1 0 PUNTS-Avg. 5-44 4-37 Had Blocked 0 0 TOTAL RETURN YARDS 137 133 Punts Returns 2-5 3-56 Klckoffs Returns 3-132 5-77 Interceptions 0-0 1-0 PENALTIES-Yds 7-65 4-32 FUMBLES-Lost 1-0 4-1 TIME OF POSSESSION 32:43 27:17 INDIVIDUALSTATISTICS RUSHING Cincinnati No Yds Avg Lg TD Woods 20 79 4.0 10 0 Brooks 6 24 4.0 11 0 Jennings 1 3 3.0 3 Eslason 1 0 0.0 0 Total 28 104 3.S 11 San Fran. No Yds Avg Lg TD Craig 17 74 4.4 16 0 Rathman 5 23 4.6 11 0 Montana 5 9 l.B 11 0 Rice 1 5 5.0 0 0 Total 28 111 4.0 16 0 PASSING Clnclnnat Cmp Att Yds TD Long Int Eslason 11 25 144 0 23 1 Total 11 25 144 0 23 1 SanFrn. Cmp Att Yds TD Long Int Montana 23 36 357 2 44 0 Total 23 36 357 2 44 0 RECEIVING Cincinnati No Yds Lg TD Brown 4 44 17 0 Colllnsworth 3 40 23 0 McGee 2 23 IB 0 Hillary 1 17 17 0 Brooks 1 20 12 0 Total 11 144 23 0 San Fran. No Yds Lg TD Rice 11 215 44 1 Craig 8 101 40 0 Frank 2 15 8 0 Rathman 1 16 16 0 Taylor 1 10 10 1 Total 23 357 44 2 INTERCEPTIONS Son Fran. No Yds Lg TD Romonowskl 1 0 0 0 Total 1 0 0 0 PUNTING Cincinnati No Avg Lg 120 Johnson 5 44.6 63 3 Son Fran. No Avg Lg 120 Helton 4 37.0 55 2 PUNTRETURNS drugs before game appeal of any action taken by the NFL against Wilson. Wilson, suspended twice and penalized three other times because of drugs, has been in and out of. rehabilitation since 1983. Wilson, the Bengals' third-leading rusher this season, was Cincinnati's primary backup. His suspension left Stanford Jennings, who carried only 17 times this season, in the role. Jennings rushed only once in the Super Bowl for three yards. Cincinnati police chief Lawrence Whalen, who helped with drive, we knew we were going to score," Cross said. "In that spot, you don't want anyone else who ever played this game other than Joe Montana." San Francisco started its final drive on its 8-yard line after being tagged with a holding penalty on the kickoff. Montana, who completed 23 of 36 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns, ran a hurry-up offense until the two-minute mark, moving his team to its 31. He then hit Rice for a 17-yard gain and running back Roger Craig for a 13-yarder. He then hooked up with Rice on a post pattern, and Rice ran away from the coverage for a 27-yard gain. Only a gutty tackle by rookie cor-nerback Rickey Dixon, who fought through a block at the Bengals' 18-yard line, saved a touchdown. But Cincinnati's reprieve was only temporary. Montana hit f .'f M.TilJI.'.JJ.lrr'J.ri.ll .r I SUPER BOWL XXIH 49ers:6 Bengals: 13 30 40 SO 40 30 X 10 0 yds.) I ! i ! J.P: FG (32yds.) : run j.p F: Fumble TX: Time Expired BK: Blocked Kick I: Interception SO: Stopped on Down MF: Missed Held Goal r fill : i:tlr i:iia:m W:7i liS I zi 1 ' ' 1 I aaM BH SUPER BOWL XXIH 49ers:20 Bengals: 16 30 40 50 40 30 20 10 0 14 yd. pass .TD 2, FG (40 yds.) pass) -3.TX F: Fumble TX: Time Expired BK: Blocked Kick I: Interception SD: Stopped on Down MF: Missed Field Goal Cincinnati No FC Yds Lg TD Horton 1 0 5 5 0 Hillary 1 0 0 0 0 Totals 2 0 5 5 0 San Fran. No FC Yds Lg TD Taylor 3 1 56 45 0 Totals 3 1 56 45 0 KICKOFF RETURNS Cincinnati No Yds Lg TD Jennings 2 117 93 1 Brooks 1 15 15 0 Total 3 132 93 1 San Fran. No Yds Lg TD Rodgers 3 53 22 0 Taylor 1 13 13 0 Sydney 1 11 11 0 Total 5 77 22 0 DEFENSE Cincinnati Fumbles A S Rec Fed Williams Wllcots Fulcher Blllups Bussey Zander Buck Horton Grant Thomas Barker McClendon Dixon White Skow 9 1 0 0 San Francisco Fumbles T A S Rec Fed Haley Fagan McKyer Lott Fuller Griffin Carter Roberts Fahnhorst Stubbs Romonowskl Turner Holt Pollard 6 0 2 0 0 1 1 MISSED FIELD GOALS San Francisco, Cofer 19, 49. OFFICIALS Referee Jerry Seeman, Ump Gordon Wells, HL Jerry Bergman, LJ Bob Beeks, BJ Paul Baetz, SJ Gary Lane, FJ Bobby Skelton, Replay Chuck Heberllng. T 3:24. security at the Super Bowl, confirmed the violation stemmed from an incident Saturday night. Whalen said Wilson was not arrested, but would provide no further details. Browne would not say if the information came from the Bengals or if it stemmed from a drug test. He said no other information would be released. "We are pledged to confidentiality," NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle said. "You can be certain I will meet with him, but I don't know when. That's all we can say because of confidentiality." Craig over the middle for an 8-yard gain and then found Taylor in the back of the end zone for the game-winner. On the scoring play, Taylor started from the left side, split a pair of defenders and caught a superbly thrown ball as cornerback Ray Horton made a desperate lunge. "Earlier in the game, I had missed a pass on third and 3, and we had to go for a field goal," Taylor said. "I said to myself, 'If it comes to me again, it's my ball.'" Describing the winning drive, Montana said: "We just got going, taking the ball downfield, thinking about 'field goal, field goal.' We tried to bring the back underneath to the guys underneath, and John was running a little 'off pattern to split the safeties. And, like I said, I'm still standing up, I had all the time to throw the ball." NOTES En berg, Olsen: No great game AP reports Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen didn't think the Super Bowl was all that super. "It wasn't a great game until it finished," said Olsen, NBC's color commentator. "The fact that it kept (our attention) is the thing that we'll remember." The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Miami Sunday on Joe Montana's touchdown pass with 34 seconds left. "I wouldn't call it a great game," said Enberg, who did the play-by-play. "There were some great efforts. You don't know until 10 years from now how great any game is. ... I think this game will grow with time." The announcers and Michael Weisman, the executive producer of NBC Sports, were proud of their broadcast. "In the third quarter, I was a little concerned about the low scoring. I looked up and the Bud Bowl had more points than we did," Weisman said, referring to the advertising campaign by Anheuser-Busch. Crossed up Randy Cross' name won't pop to mind when the 1989 Super Bowl is recalled years from now, and that's just fine with Randy Cross. "I made some mistakes today," the San Francisco 49ers' 13-year center said after the 20-16 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. "But I went from goat to glory, so I'll be nothing but a little footnote to this game." Cross, who had announced that this Super Bowl, his third, would mark the end of his playing career, made three mistakes that almost helped swing the decision to the Bengals. He had a bad snap that resulted in a missed field goal attempt and was hit with two 10-yard penalties at crucial points in the game. 3-D halttlme NBC sports commentator Bob Costas introduced network television's first 3D program with the words: "This is the single proudest moment of my life." One can only hope he was being facetious. "Bebop Bamboozled," a magic show and dance extravaganza, was presented during halftime of the Super Bowl on Sunday using new three-dimensional technology called Nuoptix. It was no "House of Wax." It was a little like watching a football halftime show in the distorted reflection of an old mirror, and none of the effects were very dramatic on a small TV screen. It was nothing like watching Vincent Price on the big screen when he helped create the 3D craze in the 1953 movie "House of Wax." And the special effects couldn't come close to the newer 3D Disney movie "Captain Eo," starring Michael Jackson and showing at Epcot Center in Florida. BRIEFLY:Art Rooney Sr.,. the Pittsburgh Steelers late founder and one of the most respected owners in pro sports history, will be honored with a statue outside . Three Rivers Stadium ...Former Cleveland Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer won't confirm that he will be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, but he says the two sides have talked contract specifics ... Dolphin assistant coach Chuck Studley has quit after five years with the club as its record and defense drooped.

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