"In all the years I've been here," said cornerback Eric Wright, who has played in all three of San Francisco's Super Bowls, "I've never seen a better half of football. I mean play selection, execution, everything."
Even the Niners' few potential disasters came up roses. On one play early in the second quarter, backup Viking defensive tackle Ken Clarke took a wide loop and came in clean on Montana. Throwing off his back foot, Montana flipped a perfect fade pass to split end John Taylor, who outleapt two defenders for a 30-yard gain. Score that one for individual talent.
"The way they played today," said Minnesota center Kirk Lowdermilk, "no one can touch them. They'll walk into the Super Bowl. I'll tell you what the real difference was between the two teams. We thought we could win. They knew they were going to win. That was the story."