Dynasty Series: The ’80s 49ers


When you look at the San Francisco 49ers, and how their most relevant story was Kaepernick’s kneeling, the last word you’d think is dynasty, however, this wasn’t always the case. San Francisco has an immensely rich history; tied with The Dallas Cowboys for 2nd on the All-Time Super Bowl win list, 4 of which came in the 1980’s. Drafting sleeper quarterback Joe Montana in the third round. Montana was the definition of a franchise quarterback; winning San Francisco 4 of their 5 Super Bowl rings.

Featuring six Pro Bowlers, the 1981 49ers grinded through the postseason following a 13-3 regular season. Defeating the NY Giants in the first round (38-24), the aforementioned Cowboys in the second round (by a mere 28-27), they defeated the Bengals 26-21 to win their first Super Bowl championship. Montana won the MVP and SanFran was a force to be reckoned with from there on out.


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With the next championship coming in 1984, the team went 15-1, featuring 10 Pro Bowlers. The 49ers blew through the playoffs, first dominating the New York Giants 21-10, next absolutely demolishing the Chicago Bears 23-0, and lastly rolling over the Miami Dolphins 38-16. The quarterback that will be getting mentioned a lot in this article, you guessed it, Joe Montana, won MVP of the game.


The 49ers would take 4 years to get to the big stage again in 1988, during which they went 10-6 in the regular season, featuring 6 pro bowlers. The 49ers blew through the playoffs to win a hard fought Super Bowl over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Montana’s first Super Bowl with arguably the greatest player of all-time, Jerry Rice, the 49ers rolled over the Minnesota Vikings and The Chicago Bears. They edged out the Bengals once again to win it.

The ‘Niners would repeat, as the team went 14-2 in the regular season, featuring 6 pro bowlers. The 49ers had one of the easiest playoff runs ever, rolling over every team placed in front of them. They first thoroughly dominated the Vikings 41-13, before destroying the Los Angeles Rams 30-3, and lastly slaughtering the Denver Broncos 55-10 in the Super Bowl.

Jerry Rice. (ProFootballHallofFame)

After Joe Montana was moved to the Kansas City Chiefs, backup Steve Young proved to be a great quarterback as well. The last Super Bowl was led by Steve Young, in 1994, during which the team went 13-3 in the regular season, featuring 10 pro bowlers.

The 49ers owned the 1980’s, behind the dominance of quarterback Joe Montana, and later, wide receiver Jerry Rice. The 49ers also proved they had talent on the bench with Steve Young which led to one more run in 1994. Before the ascension of Tom Brady, Joe Montana was considered the greatest quarterback to play the game, and Jerry Rice is still considered the greatest receiver to play. Which dynasty would you like to see covered next? Comment below!

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