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Greatest Super Bowls: No. 2, Super Bowl XXIII

February 3rd, 2011 by Aaron Schatz Creator, FootballOutsiders.com

Each weekday until Super Bowl Sunday, Hulu and Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz are counting down the 10 best Super Bowl games in history with the help of NFL Films. Check our Spotlight page every day to see the latest pick. Today’s selection: the 1988 season’s showdown between the 49ers and Bengals.

This game featured five lead changes; three other times, the team that was behind tied up the score. Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason didn’t have a good day, but the Bengals stayed in the game thanks to special teams. (San Francisco’s Mike Cofer missed a field goal, while Cincinnati’s Stanford Jennings took a kickoff 93 yards to the house in the third quarter.)

Jerry Rice, considered by many to be the greatest player in NFL history, lit up the Bengals’ secondary with 215 receiving yards, including four different receptions for 25 yards or more. Joe Montana took the ball with 3:20 left and led a 92-yard touchdown drive that turned a loss into San Francisco’s third Super Bowl title. It may have been the greatest moment of his Hall of Fame career.

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