San Francisco 49ers: Ranking All 6 Super Bowl Appearances by Team Dominance

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San Francisco 49ers: Ranking All 6 Super Bowl Appearances by Team Dominance
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Joe Montana during his MVP performance during Super Bowl XIX against the Miami Dolphins.

While the sting of the San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII is still felt by most Niners fans, they can still look back at a franchise that has appeared in six Super Bowls and won all but one of them.

Each of those Super Bowl appearances, including the most recent visit, signaled significant eras in 49ers history. 

In 1981, the 49ers transformed from the dark years of the late 1970s into a dynamic franchise led by new head coach Bill Walsh and a young quarterback named Joe Montana. In 1984, the 49ers dominated a talented Miami Dolphins team led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.

San Francisco reached "dynasty" status during the 1988 and 1989 seasons, winning back-to-back Super Bowls and forever cementing the legacies of Walsh, Montana and Jerry Rice.

In 1994, it was Steve Young's turn to lead the 49ers to a decisive victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Even in 2012, when San Francisco lost to the Ravens, the Super Bowl appearance has shown the return to prominence of a proud franchise with a rich history.

During each of the six 49ers visits to the Super Bowl, San Francisco was blessed with a multitude of talented and even legendary players. In the majority of its visits to the NFL championship, San Francisco was outright dominant, leaving no doubt that the 49ers were the best team in football and not just the last team standing.

Here is a look at each of San Francisco's six Super Bowl appearances, ranked by the overall team dominance in the season as well as its performance in the Super Bowl itself.


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