WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1981 Cincinnati Bengals against the 1989 San Francisco 49ers 1,000 times. The 1981 Cincinnati Bengals win 59% of the time by an average score of 25-17. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1981 Cincinnati Bengals  at  1989 San Francisco 49ers
Final - 12/19/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1981 Cincinnati Bengals 0 13 9 3 25
1989 San Francisco 49ers 7 3 0 7 17
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
SAN4:09TDTom Rathman 3 yd. run (Cofer kick)0-7
2nd Quarter
CIN14:14TDSteve Kreider 27 yd. pass from Anderson (Breech kick)7-7
CIN9:42FGJim Breech 20 yds. 10-7
SAN2:02FGMike Cofer 25 yds. 10-10
CIN0:00FGJim Breech 34 yds. 13-10
3rd Quarter
CIN10:56FGJim Breech 26 yds. 16-10
CIN4:56TDPete Johnson 70 yd. pass from Anderson (Breech missed extra point)22-10
4th Quarter
SAN4:44TDJerry Rice 5 yd. pass from Montana (Cofer kick)22-17
CIN0:00FGJim Breech 22 yds. 25-17
 
Team Statistics
 1981 Cincinnati Bengals1989 San Francisco 49ers
First Downs 16 19
- Rushing 5 6
- Passing 10 13
- Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Eff 8/16 6/12
4th Down Eff 0/1 1/2
Rushes-Yards 31-106 32-99
Avg Rush 3.4 3.1
Comp-Att-Int 19-26-0 18-23-1
Passing Yards 301 185
Sacks-Yards 2-9 4-22
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Punts-Avg 2-43.0 2-40.0
KR-Avg 4-23.0 5-31.4
PR-Avg 2-6.5 2-5.5
Penalties-Yard 2-10 2-20
Time of Possession 27:21 32:39

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1981 Cincinnati Bengals Individual Stats   1989 San Francisco 49ers Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'81 Pete Johnson 17 60 1 29 0
'81 Charles Alexander 7 42 1 33 0
'81 Ken Anderson 6 9 0 9 0
'81 Steve Kreider 1 -5 0 -5 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'89 Roger Craig 17 59 0 12 0
'89 Terrence Flagler 4 16 0 14 0
'89 Tom Rathman 7 13 0 3 1
'89 Joe Montana 4 11 0 6 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'81 Dan Ross 5 117 2 1 77 0
'81 Pete Johnson 1 70 1 1 70 1
'81 Steve Kreider 2 36 1 0 27 1
'81 Isaac Curtis 3 30 1 0 28 0
'81 Charles Alexander 3 30 0 0 16 0
'81 Cris Collinsworth 5 27 0 0 12 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'89 Jerry Rice 6 64 0 0 15 1
'89 Roger Craig 4 42 0 0 16 0
'89 John Taylor 3 39 0 0 16 0
'89 Tom Rathman 2 30 0 0 17 0
'89 Brent Jones 2 28 1 0 21 0
'89 Harry Sydney 1 4 0 0 4 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'81 Ken Anderson 19 26 310 2 0
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'89 Joe Montana 18 23 207 1 1
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'81 Jim Breech 20,34,26,22 41
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'89 Mike Cofer 25 -

Player of the Game:
'81 Ken Anderson (1981 Cincinnati Bengals)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 11 and return it to the CIN 39.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 14:51
14:511/10own 390 - 0221 Alexander gains 2 yards up the middle.
14:152/8own 410 - 0212 Anderson's short pass is to Ross who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 5 yd gain.
13:363/3own 460 - 0131 Anderson scrambles for no gain.
12:524/3own 460 - 0P1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a punt.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 18.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 12:40
12:401/10own 180 - 0221 Craig rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
12:052/8own 200 - 0212 Craig is caught behind the line for a loss of 2 yards.
11:303/10own 180 - 0131 Montana's pass is to Rice who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 13 yd gain.
10:441/10own 310 - 0221 Craig gains 12 yards on a sweep left.
10:021/10own 430 - 0221 Montana's pass is to Taylor who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 8 yd gain.
9:222/2490 - 0221 Rathman picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
8:481/10470 - 0131 Flagler gains 14 yards on a sweep left.
8:021/10330 - 0131 Craig gets 2 yards on a pitch right.
7:262/8310 - 0221Montana is sacked by Rick Razzano for 4 yards.
6:493/12350 - 0140 Montana's pass is to Taylor who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 16 yd gain.
6:061/10190 - 0131 Rathman gains 1 yard up the middle.
5:302/9180 - 0131 Montana completes the pass to Rice. Catch is good and Rice gets some yardage for a 14 yd gain.
4:501/Goal40 - 0212 Craig gets 1 yard on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
4:122/Goal30 - 0140 Rathman gains 3 yards up the middle.
1989 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
4:09PAT 0 - 6FG1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 14 plays, 82 yds, 8:31
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 4:09
4:09Kickoffown 300 - 7K1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN -1 and return it to the CIN 25.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 4:00
4:001/10own 250 - 7131 Anderson's pass is to Collinsworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
3:131/10own 370 - 7131 Johnson pounds ahead for 9 yards.
2:312/1own 460 - 7221 Johnson rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
1:481/10own 480 - 7131 Alexander picks his way to the sidelines for 2 yards. Alexander runs out of bounds.
PENALTY on SAN: Facemask, 15 yards enforced on the 50. Automatic First Down.
1:441/10350 - 7221 Johnson gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
1:062/7320 - 7212 Anderson tosses the ball just out of reach of Ross. Incomplete pass.
1:013/7320 - 7131 Anderson scrambles for 9 yards.
0:181/10230 - 7221 PENALTY on CIN: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 23 - NO PLAY.
0:181/15280 - 7221 Alexander gets back to the line of scrimmage.
0:002/15280 - 7212Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 0 1989 San Francisco: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:002/15280 - 7212 Johnson picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
14:233/14270 - 7131 Anderson hits Kreider who makes a nice catch, sheds a tackle before diving into the endzone.
1981 Cincinnati scores a touchdown!
14:14PAT 6 - 7FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 10 plays, 65 yds, 5:08
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 14:14
14:14Kickoffown 307 - 7K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 13 and return it to the SAN 34.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 14:07
14:071/10own 347 - 7221 Craig picks up 4 yards on a draw play.
13:262/6own 387 - 7140 Flagler picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
12:513/4own 407 - 7221 Montana scrambles for 2 yards.
12:094/2own 427 - 7P1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) return it to the CIN 20.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 11:59
11:591/10own 207 - 7221 Anderson tosses the ball out to Ross. Catch is good and Ross speeds down field, but loses the handle on the ball.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) recovers the ball and runs to the SAN 5.
11:051/Goal57 - 7221 Johnson rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
10:312/Goal67 - 7140 Johnson gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
9:533/Goal37 - 7221 Anderson overthrows Johnson in the endzone and the pass is incomplete.
9:464/Goal37 - 7FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 20 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 79 yds, 2:13
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 9:42
9:42Kickoffown 3010 - 7K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 4 and return it to the SAN 31.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 9:33
9:331/10own 3110 - 7221 Craig picks up 8 yards on a draw play.
8:502/2own 3910 - 7212 Montana completes the pass to Rathman who makes the catch and falls forward for a 13 yd gain.
8:081/104810 - 7221 Craig picks up 9 yards off tackle left.
7:282/13910 - 7131 Rathman gets 2 yards on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
6:511/103710 - 7221 Montana hits Craig who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
6:142/22910 - 7131 Flagler is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
5:353/43110 - 7221 Montana soft pass is to Sydney who makes the catch and falls forward for a 4 yd gain.
4:541/102710 - 7131 Montana hits Taylor. Catch is good and Taylor gets some yardage for a 15 yd gain.
4:121/101210 - 7221 Montana scrambles for 1 yard.
3:312/91110 - 7212 Montana soft pass is to Jones who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
2:473/2410 - 7122 Craig gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
2:064/1310 - 7221 PENALTY on SAN: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the CIN 3 - NO PLAY.
2:064/6810 - 7FG1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Cofer's 25 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 66 yds, 7:27
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 2:02
2:02Kickoffown 3010 - 10K1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 10 and return it to the CIN 32.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 1:54
1:541/10own 3210 - 10221*** 2 Minute Warning ***
1:541/10own 3210 - 10221 Anderson's short pass is to Curtis who gets a few steps before being run out of bounds for a 5 yd gain.
1:492/5own 3710 - 10221 Anderson's pass is just out of reach of Curtis. Incomplete pass.
1:443/5own 3710 - 10131 Anderson completes the pass to Kreider who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 9 yd gain.
1:381/10own 4610 - 10131*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:381/10own 4610 - 10131 Johnson rushes for 3 yards off tackle right.
1:232/7own 4910 - 10212 Anderson's short pass is to Alexander who makes the catch and falls forward for a 4 yd gain.
1:013/34710 - 10221 Anderson hits Curtis who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 28 yd gain before getting out of bounds.
0:541/101910 - 10131 Anderson's short pass is to Ross. Tackled immediately for a 2 yd gain.
0:472/81710 - 10131*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:472/81710 - 10131 Johnson rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
0:293/91810 - 10131 Anderson zips the short pass to Collinsworth. Tackled immediately for a 1 yd gain.
0:034/81710 - 10131*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:034/81710 - 10FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 34 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 51 yds, 1:51
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 13 1989 San Francisco: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 3013 - 10K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 3 and return it to the SAN 30.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 14:51
14:511/10own 3013 - 10131 Montana's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
14:472/10own 3013 - 10131Montana is sacked by Bo Harris for 5 yards.
14:073/15own 2513 - 10140 Craig picks up 7 yards off tackle left.
13:234/8own 3213 - 10P1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
Blocked Punt! 1989 San Francisco (SAN) recover at the SAN 31.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 13:15
13:151/103113 - 10221 Anderson screen pass is to Curtis. Tackled for a loss of 3 yds.
12:342/133413 - 10221 Anderson throws to Ross but he can't hold on to the ball.
12:293/133413 - 10041 Anderson's long pass is to Ross who makes the catch and falls forward for a 22 yd gain.
11:471/101213 - 10131 Anderson's pass into the endzone is just out of reach of Collinsworth. Incomplete pass.
11:422/101213 - 10131 Johnson gains 3 yards up the middle.
11:053/7913 - 10131 Anderson's pass into the enzone is batted down. Incomplete pass.
11:004/7913 - 10FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 26 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 22 yds, 2:15
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 10:56
10:56Kickoffown 3016 - 10K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 0 and return it to the SAN 19.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 10:49
10:491/10own 1916 - 10221 Craig rushes for 2 yards off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
10:082/8own 2116 - 10212 Craig picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
9:293/7own 2216 - 10041 Montana hits Rice who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 15 yd gain.
8:471/10own 3716 - 10131 Montana's short pass is to Rathman who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 17 yd gain.
8:051/104616 - 10221 Montana hits Craig who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
7:201/103016 - 10131 Montana scrambles, but loses the handle on the ball.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) recovers the ball on the CIN 22.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 7:12
7:121/10own 2216 - 10221 Anderson completes the pass to Collinsworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
6:361/10own 3216 - 10221 Alexander rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
5:542/8own 3416 - 10212Anderson is sacked by Larry Roberts for 4 yards.
5:103/12own 3016 - 10131 Anderson's pass is to Johnson. Catch is good and Johnson speeds down field and into the endzone.
1981 Cincinnati scores a touchdown!
4:56PAT 22 - 10FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is no good.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 78 yds, 2:16
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 4:56
4:56Kickoffown 3022 - 10K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 6 and return it to the CIN 31.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 4:38
4:381/103122 - 10221 Rathman picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
3:572/82922 - 10221Montana's pass is intercepted.
Jim Leclair returns the interception to the CIN 31.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 3:51
3:511/10own 3122 - 10221 Alexander gains 2 yards up the middle.
3:092/8own 3322 - 10212 Anderson scrambles for 3 yards.
2:323/5own 3622 - 10230 Anderson's pass is to Alexander who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 16 yd gain.
1:471/104822 - 10221 Johnson carries, but is tackled for a loss of 2 yards.
1:082/125022 - 10131 Johnson picks up 13 yards on a draw play.
0:281/103722 - 10221 Anderson tosses the ball out to Collinsworth. Tackled for a loss of 2 yds.
0:002/123922 - 10212Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 22 1989 San Francisco: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:002/123922 - 10221Anderson is sacked by Kevin Fagan for 5 yards.
14:193/174422 - 10140 Anderson overthrows Verser and the pass is incomplete.
14:124/174422 - 10P1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a punt.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 5.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 14:03
14:031/10own 522 - 10221 Montana zips the short pass to Craig who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 5 yd gain.
13:182/5own 1022 - 10221 Rathman gets 2 yards on a pitch right.
12:433/3own 1222 - 10230 Montana overthrows Taylor and the pass is incomplete.
12:394/3own 1222 - 10P1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) return it to the SAN 41.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 12:27
12:271/104122 - 10221 Johnson picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
11:452/94022 - 10212 Anderson completes the pass to Collinsworth who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 6 yd gain.
11:093/33422 - 10131 Johnson rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
10:264/43522 - 10131 Johnson carries, but is tackled for no gain.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 10:23
10:231/10own 3522 - 10221 Montana scrambles for 2 yards.
9:392/8own 3722 - 10221 Montana hits Rice who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 12 yd gain.
8:551/10own 4922 - 10221 Rathman gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
8:212/95022 - 10131 Craig picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
7:393/84922 - 10140 Craig picks up 8 yards on a draw play.
7:021/104122 - 10131 Montana overthrows Jones and the pass is incomplete.
6:572/104122 - 10212 Craig picks up 2 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
6:253/83922 - 10140Montana is sacked by Tom Dinkel for 7 yards.
5:544/154622 - 10131 Montana's pass is to Jones who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 21 yd gain.
5:301/102522 - 10221 Montana hits Craig who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 13 yd gain.
5:091/101222 - 10221 PENALTY on CIN: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the CIN 12 - NO PLAY.
5:091/5722 - 10131 Craig gets back to the line of scrimmage.
4:542/5722 - 10221 Flagler picks up 2 yards off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
4:503/3522 - 10221 Rice comes down with the pass in the endzone.
1989 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
4:44PAT 22 - 16FG1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 13 plays, 60 yds, 5:39
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 4:44
4:44Kickoffown 3022 - 17K1989 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 12 and return it to the CIN 28.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 4:40
4:401/10own 2822 - 17131 Anderson completes the pass to Ross who makes the catch and falls forward for a 11 yd gain.
3:561/10own 3922 - 17221 Johnson carries, but is tackled for a loss of 2 yards before getting run out of bounds.
3:522/12own 3722 - 17212 Anderson screen pass is to Alexander who makes a nice catch, sheds a tackle before getting run out of bounds. 10 yd gain.
3:443/2own 4722 - 17122 Alexander picks his way for 33 yards.
2:551/102022 - 17131 Johnson is stopped at the line.
2:142/102022 - 17221 Kreider gets the ball and is stopped for a loss of 5 yards.
2:003/152522 - 17212*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:003/152522 - 17212 Alexander gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
1:564/142422 - 17212*** 1989 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:564/142422 - 17FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 41 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
1989 San Francisco (SAN) at 1:52
1:521/10own 3122 - 17221 Montana soft pass is to Rice who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 5 yd gain.
1:462/5own 3622 - 17131 Craig rushes for 1 yard off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
1:423/4own 3722 - 17131Montana is sacked by Tom Dinkel for 6 yards.
1:214/10own 3122 - 17131 Montana overthrows Taylor and the pass is incomplete.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 1:13
1:131/103122 - 17221 Johnson gets 29 yards on a pitch right.
1:031/Goal222 - 17221*** 1989 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:031/Goal222 - 17212Anderson takes a knee.
1:002/Goal322 - 17212*** 1989 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:002/Goal322 - 17212Anderson takes a knee.
0:183/Goal422 - 17212Anderson takes a knee.
0:034/Goal522 - 17FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 22 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 26 yds, 1:10
End of 4th Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 25 1989 San Francisco: 17

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