On this day in history Super Bowl history, Super Bowl XVI: 49ers vs Bengals...

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On this day in history Super Bowl history, Super Bowl XVI: 49ers vs Bengals...

 

Things were different in the 80's. Diff'rent Strokes ruled the small screen, Blondie's Rapturerocked my young world and the boys from the Queen City, were a perennial contender in the weak AFC Central (the precursor to today's AFC North) in the seasons following the Steelers glory years. The Bengals faced off against the Niners in the Super Bowl twice during the decade, their only two trips, first following the 1981 season and again after the '88 season and are the only team to make a game of it against the juggernaut known as the San Francisco 49ers.

Super Bowl XVI is actually somewhat of an afterthought. The 49ers are a storied franchise with many great players, championships and countless great plays. No play is more beloved among 49ers fans than 'The Catch.' It occurred in the NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks before. Dwight Clark caught a Joe Montana pass in the back of the end zone with under a minute to play to give the 49ers a 28-27 victory and send them to their first Super Bowl. Bill Walsh had turned the fortunes of the franchise around in just three short years.

The 49ers came into the game as a slight two-point favorite on the strength of having beaten the Bengals earlier in the year. Played in the hotbed of winter wonderland vacationing, Detroit, MI, the game marked the first time a Super Bowl was played in a cold-weather location. The game was the first time two first-time participants played in a Super Bowl since SBIII (a feat matched in SBXX, played between the Bears and Patriots). It is also noteworthy for being the only time two teams with losing records the previous season would face off in a Super Bowl. One of the two teams would be taking the first step in rewriting their franchise's history and both teams were playing with house money at this point, with neither having anticipated much success heading into the season.

The 49ers got off to the worst start imaginable. Amos Lawrence fumbled the opening kickoff which was recovered by the Bengals at the 26-yard line. Bengals' quarterback Ken Anderson, one of the most accurate passers in NFL history during a time when precision offenses were non-existent, took over with great field position for his first drive. At the time of Anderson's retirement, he held the record for completion percentage in a game, in a season, in a single Super Bowl as well as the most consecutive completions in league history. He was also sacked more than any quarterback in league history to that point.

 

 

Joe Montana finished the game with only 157 yards and one touchdown pass but accounted for the 49ers' other touchdown with his early sneak. Eric Wright accounted for two turnovers, forcing a fumble and intercepting Anderson in the fourth quarter. For the Bengals, Ken Anderson had 300 yards passing, two touchdown passes and another one rushing but his game was marred by his two costly picks. Tight end Dan Ross had the greatest Super Bowl game for a pass catcher to that point with 11 catches for 104 yards and a pair of scores.

The Bengals gained 356 yards to the 49ers' 275. It was the first time a losing team outgained the winning team. The difference proved to be the turnovers. Cincinnati's two fumbles and two interceptions all came at costly times and directly led to their demise. Combined with the turnover on downs at the goal line and one can easily see how this game was a hair away from ending in the Bengals favor. They had three trips into the red zone that came up empty handed. Combine that with losing the turnover battle and it's a surefire way to lose a game of any magnitude at any level. It's also surprising the game wasn't a bigger blowout with all of the Bengals' miscues.

The victory was the first of five Super Bowl wins for the 49ers, four of them coming in the glorious 80's. It catapulted the franchise to relevancy and set the stage for one of the greatest, ground-breaking dynasties in sports histories, one I relished as a child and look forward to reliving in this series.

 

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                  CHANGE THE WATCH FACE    
                       

You can change the watch face on the Apple Watch itself, or through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. To do so on the Watch, you use the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature, where the screen responds in a different way when you press down harder on it. On the main time screen, press down with more pressure than usual and hold for a second. You’ll feel a vibration effect and the watch face selector screen will appear. Scroll left and right to see alternatives.

To change specific elements of a Face, look for the Customize button when changing watch faces. To change complications, colors, or visual effects you use the digital crown on the side of the Watch. Twist it to see the different available options on the customization screens, then swipe to change other elements. When you’re satisfied, just tap the center of the screen to select the new face.

In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, all the Watch faces are displayed at the very top of the main screen. You can tap any that are shown to adjust all the different options and complications, then scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Set as current Watch Face to automatically show it on your Watch. If you set custom Watch Faces up on the Watch itself, these will appear in this list, allowing you to save and select them again in the future.

 

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