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Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL were set to do battle in Super Bowl XIX between the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins. The stage was set at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California for Dan Marino vs. Joe Montana with San Francisco going off as a 3.5-point betting favorite.
Joe Montana led an offense of five pro-bowlers this season, passing for 3,630 yards and 28 touchdowns. Running back Wendell Tyler set a 49ers franchise record with 1,262 rushing yards, picking up seven rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns along the way. The loaded offense finished second in the NFL in points scored and fourth in total yards gained. Meanwhile, the defense led the NFL in fewest points allowed and sent all four of its defensive backs to the Pro Bowl. The dominant play on both sides of the ball led to a 15-1 SU record on the regular season.
In his second season in the NFL, Dan Marino re-wrote the NFL record book for quarterbacks. Marino became the first quarterback ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a season with 5,048 and shattered the passing touchdown record of 36 with 48 in the 1984 season. Marino also set single-season records for completions, 300-yard passing games, and 400-yard passing games. Miami's defense was considered to be suspect, but with the league's best offense racking up 513 points and 7,064 yards, the Dolphins had the best record in the AFC at 14-2 SU.
Marino and Montana didn't disappoint on offense, each passing for over 300 yards to mark the first time in Super Bowl history that both quarterbacks had done so. But with a defense that was clearly second best, Miami couldn't keep up with the San Francisco onslaught. Miami took a 10-7 lead into the second quarter, but the 49ers scored 21 points in the second quarter and went on to blow the Dolphins out 38-16.
Joe Montana and the 49ers ended up covering the 3.5-point spread easily in the double-digit victory. Sportsbooks knew this one would be a shootout and set the highest total in Super Bowl history at 53.5 points, but Miami and San Francisco still managed to play to an OVER.