Throughout their illustrious history, the San Francisco 49ers have been one of the most decorated franchises in the NFL. The 49ers are on the doorstep of adding another significant feat to their lore with a matchup in Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. That brings into when was the last time that the franchise won on that stage, adding their fifth win overall.
Since the 49ers entered the league in 1950, the franchise has experienced a plethora of success over the years.
That has seen them put forth some highly memorable seasons that has seen them reach the playoffs 27 times along with winning the NFC West division on 20 occasions. San Francisco has six conference championship game appearances along with five wins in six trips to the Super Bowl. They are currently fifth all-time with 32 playoff wins while holding a 61.5% winning percentage in the postseason in 52 games played.
Over the years, the 49ers have had the luxury possessing some of the game’s greatest talents that helped lead to some tremendous success. That includes the likes of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Fred Dean, Terrell Owens, Frank Gore, and Steve Young. That saw them truly catch fire in the 1980s with Montana helping guide the team to four Super Bowls, with Rice being part of the last three of that decade.
However, since then, the franchise hasn’t had much experience on the grandest stage in the playoffs. The 49ers have just one Super Bowl win following their dominant run in the 1980s.
49ers’ last Super Bowl win
San Francisco is currently tied for third for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.
Although San Francisco last reached this stage of the postseason six years ago before Super Bowl 54, their last win came in Super Bowl XXIX in 1994 against the then-San Diego Chargers with Hall of Famer Steve Young heading the charge. It was a prime opportunity for Young to get that monkey off his back that he couldn’t lead the team to a championship like Montana did before him.
The 49ers held firm control of most of the game behind the stellar play of their quarterback, who completed 24-of-36 passes for 325 yards along with a Super Bowl-record six touchdown passes earning him Super Bowl MVP. Young took complete command and led the heavily-favored 49ers to a blowout win over the Chargers.
It saw Rice head the charge as his primary target in the passing game as he had 10 catches for 149 receiving yards and three touchdowns. His stellar saw him become the all-time leader with 28 receptions for 512 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in Super Bowl history. It was beyond a dominant performance that added another Lombardi trophy to the mantel in San Francisco.
49ers’ tough challenge in Super Bowl 54
The 49ers may be a win away from capturing their sixth Super Bowl; the team has a formidable challenge in front of them in the Chiefs.
Their defense will be tasked with stopping Patrick Mahomes, who is arguably the best quarterback in the league. Mahomes has been on a roll in the playoffs as he has passed for 615 yards with eight touchdowns to zero interceptions in the first two games in the postseason.
He has been the driving force for Kansas City’s offense that could make the 49ers’ defensive performance the difference in the contest. Mahomes’ explosive playmaking ability with his arm and legs at times will be an intriguing matchup.
San Francisco could see Jimmy Garoppolo put into an extensive spot to try and lift the offense to match Mahomes’ production. All in all, it sets up what should be another memorable Super Bowl in NFL history.