We are now 11 days from the Super Bowl. And one can’t help but think back to the 11-play, 92-yard game-winning drive orchestrated by Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIII.
With the ball on their 8-yard line and just minutes remaining, Joe Cool calmly walked into the huddle, paused momentarily to gaze into the crowd, and casually said to his teammates, “Hey, isn’t that John Candy sitting over there?”
The Bengals never stood a chance.
Montana carved up the their defense over the next 11 plays, firing the winning pass to John Taylor for a 10-yard touchdown with just 34 seconds left in the game.
Jerry Rice was selected MVP of the game with 11 receptions for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards and a touchdown. Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl-record 257 yards and two touchdowns.
The Super Bowl win was the final NFL game coached by the legendary Bill Walsh, who retired and left a legacy and a coaching tree that is nearly unmatched in NFL history.
Montana finished another Super Bowl run the following year with a win over the Broncos. He still holds the record for 11 career touchdowns in the Super Bowl.