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15. 49ers Epic Goal Line Stand

Date: 1/24/1982
Super Bowl: XVI
Matchup: 49ers vs. Bengals
Location: Pontiac, MI

The Bengals stood first and goal from the three-yard line against the stalwart 49ers defense late in the third quarter of Super Bowl XVI, and given that they were trailing 20-7 it was vital that they get some points out of the drive. On first down, they ran it to the one yard line. On second down, another run got stopped for no gain. On third down, a completion into the flat looked like a sure touchdown, but the 49ers dragged the Bengal receiver down just shy of the goal line. Eschewing the points, the Bengals went for another run on fourth down and were summarily stuffed. The epic stand proved vital, as the Bengals offense would furiously rally to make it 26-21 with 20 seconds to go. The 49ers recovered the Bengals' onside kick, however, and won the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

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