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In 1988 the 49ers didn't start off too well, but went on to finish the regualr season 10-6, and advanced their way into the playoffs. They reached Super Bowl XXIII to play the Cinncinati Bengals. It was a tight game and the Bengals took a 16-13 lead on the 49ers, who took over on their 8-yard line with 3:08 left on the clock. The 49ers star QB, Joe Montana, kept his cool and lead the 49ers on what some consider the greatest drive in Super Bowl history. He drove the team 92 yards for the winning touchdown on a pass to John Taylor with only 34 seconds, as they captured their third Super Bowl championship with a score of 20–16.

The 1989 49ers were even better than the previous years team, finishing the season 14-2. In the divisional playoffs, they easily defeated the Vikings, 41–13. In the NFC Championship they were able to blow out the Rams 30–3 earning another trip to the Super Bowl, where they obliterated the Denver Broncos with a score of 55–10, setting a record for points scored and widest margin of victory in a Super Bowl. Montana once again shined, seting many Super Bowl records. In winning the Super Bowl, the 49ers became the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls under different head coaches. This 1989 championship team is often regarded as one of the most dominant teams in NFL history, winning three playoff games by a combined 100 points.