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16 Days Until Super Bowl LIII: 49ers' Montana Becomes The Clutch King

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16 Days Until Super Bowl LIII: 49ers' Montana Becomes The Clutch King

Days Until Super Bowl LIII From January 18: 16

Joe Montana is perhaps the greatest clutch quarterback of all time, and he saved some of his finest performances for the Super Bowl. The former San Francisco 49ers’ superstar won four rings and was named MVP in three of those triumphs after dazzling with his ability to remain cool under pressure. The 49ers retired his No. 16 jersey number after his glittering career ended, and he will always remain a hero in San Francisco.

His legend began in earnest at Super Bowl XVI, when he led his team to a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He threw for 157 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another 18 yards and a touchdown to sew up the win.

He was in imperious form at Super Bowl XXIX, completing 24 of 35 passes for a Super Bowl-record 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also broke the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards gained by a quarterback with his five runs for 59 yards and a touchdown.

But his status as a hero in clutch situations was truly cemented at Super Bowl XXIII, when he led an 11-play, 92-yard drive for the winning touchdown in the dying seconds of the game. Surprisingly, this was the one Super Bowl in which he was not named MVP, as that honor went to legendary receiver Jerry Rice, but Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl-record 357 yards and two touchdowns.

The following year saw a lot less drama as the 49ers crushed the Broncos 55-10 in the most one-sided Super Bowl ever. Montana completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and a then-Super Bowl-record five touchdowns.

Many consider Montana the greatest player of all time, and his Super Bowl record of 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions, four wins and zero defeats is pretty hard to argue with.

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