Two of the greatest NFL teams to ever do it both called the Bay Area home.
They were John Madden’s rough-and-tumble 1976 Raiders and the transcendent 49ers, which hit its peak in 1989. Historically they were both special.
Both were Super Bowl winners. Both were built by Hall of Fame coaches. Both were chock full of all-time talents. But they were just a bit different stylistically and hailed from different eras.
The Raiders that year went 16-1, including the postseason, and won their first Super Bowl after three AFC title appearances. It was a team that was sharpened by tough repeat matchups with other 70’s dynasties like the Vikings, Steelers and Chiefs.
Protected by one of the best offensive lines in NFL history, Ken Stabler completed 66.7 percent of his passes that year, while totaling 28 touchdowns. The quarterback, nicknamed ‘The Snake,’ had receivers Cliff Branch, Dave Casper and Fred Biletnikoff at his disposal, along with a nasty, tone-setting defense that gave the offense plenty of opportunities.
The 49ers went 17-2, including the playoffs, and beat John Elway and the Denver Broncos 55-10 in the Super Bowl.
Joe Montana was stellar during that campaign, setting a career-best 112.1 passer rating, while completing 70.2 percent of his passes and tossing 26 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. Jerry Rice caught 17 touchdown passes and averaged 18.1 yards per reception, while Roger Craig had over 1,500 yards from scrimmage. And Ronnie Lott led a defense that finished third in points allowed.
1) Raiders CB Willie Brown and FS Jack Tatum vs. 49ers WR Jerry Rice: A Hall of Fame cornerback with size paired with one of the meanest safeties of all-time takes on the game’s most unstoppable wide receiver.
2) Raiders TE Dave Casper vs. 49ers FS Ronnie Lott: This would set up to be a physical battle in the middle of the field and in the red zone between a 6-foot-4 Hall of Fame tight end and a bruising Hall of Fame safety.
3) Raiders QB Ken Stabler vs. 49ers QB Joe Montana: Quarterbacks don’t go head-to-head in the traditional sense, but this would be a showdown between two clutch performers.
Raiders' Hall of Famers: 7 (not including coach John Madden)
49ers' Hall of Famers: 5
How do you picture this one going down, and who emerges victorious?