WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1981 San Francisco 49ers against the 1981 Cincinnati Bengals 1,000 times. The 1981 San Francisco 49ers win 63% of the time by an average score of 24-12. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1981 Cincinnati Bengals  at  1981 San Francisco 49ers
Final - 12/19/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1981 Cincinnati Bengals 3 0 0 10 13
1981 San Francisco 49ers 7 0 7 10 24
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
CIN6:59FGJim Breech 38 yds. 3-0
SAN2:32TDFreddie Solomon 24 yd. pass from Montana (Wersching kick)3-7
3rd Quarter
SAN8:03TDPaul Hofer 18 yd. pass from Montana (Wersching kick)3-14
4th Quarter
CIN11:45FGJim Breech 32 yds. 6-14
SAN7:29TDPaul Hofer 1 yd. run (Wersching kick)6-21
CIN4:25TDPete Johnson 7 yd. pass from Anderson (Breech kick)13-21
SAN0:16FGRay Wersching 30 yds. 13-24
 
Team Statistics
 1981 Cincinnati Bengals1981 San Francisco 49ers
First Downs 19 17
- Rushing 6 5
- Passing 13 12
- Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Eff 8/17 7/12
4th Down Eff 1/2 0/0
Rushes-Yards 30-80 33-81
Avg Rush 2.7 2.5
Comp-Att-Int 20-39-1 14-19-1
Passing Yards 252 211
Sacks-Yards 2-12 2-15
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-Avg 2-39.0 4-41.3
KR-Avg 5-15.4 4-28.0
PR-Avg 4-9.8 2-27.0
Penalties-Yard 1-5 3-20
Time of Possession 32:24 27:36

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1981 Cincinnati Bengals Individual Stats   1981 San Francisco 49ers Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'81 Pete Johnson 17 44 0 14 0
'81 Ken Anderson 3 14 0 11 0
'81 Charles Alexander 7 12 0 9 0
'81 Archie Griffin 2 9 0 7 0
'81 Steve Kreider 1 1 0 1 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'81 Ricky Patton 13 30 0 9 0
'81 Paul Hofer 7 20 0 16 1
'81 Earl Cooper 8 19 0 15 0
'81 Freddie Solomon 1 7 0 7 0
'81 Johnny Davis 2 3 0 2 0
'81 Joe Montana 2 2 0 2 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'81 Cris Collinsworth 5 92 1 1 47 0
'81 Isaac Curtis 3 61 2 0 23 0
'81 Dan Ross 4 50 1 0 26 0
'81 Pete Johnson 5 44 0 0 14 1
'81 Charles Alexander 3 17 0 0 11 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'81 Dwight Clark 5 69 0 0 17 0
'81 Freddie Solomon 3 68 2 0 25 1
'81 Charle Young 2 30 0 0 16 0
'81 Mike Wilson 1 28 1 0 28 0
'81 Paul Hofer 1 18 0 0 18 1
'81 Earl Cooper 1 9 0 0 9 0
'81 Ricky Patton 1 4 0 0 4 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'81 Ken Anderson 20 39 264 1 1
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'81 Joe Montana 14 19 226 2 1
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'81 Jim Breech 38,32 47
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'81 Ray Wersching 30 -

Player of the Game:
'81 Joe Montana (1981 San Francisco 49ers)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN -1 and return it to the CIN 14.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 14:53
14:531/10own 140 - 0221 Anderson overthrows Ross and the pass is incomplete.
14:462/10own 140 - 0131 Anderson soft pass is to Curtis who makes a nice catch, sheds some tackles before being brought down. 20 yd gain.
14:001/10own 340 - 0131 Johnson rushes for 1 yard off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
13:252/9own 350 - 0131 Anderson completes the pass to Ross who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
12:393/1own 430 - 0122 Johnson pounds ahead for 2 yards.
12:031/10own 450 - 0221 Alexander is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
11:222/11own 440 - 0131 Johnson carries, but is tackled for no gain.
10:413/11own 440 - 0140 Anderson's pass is to Collinsworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
9:581/10440 - 0221 PENALTY on CIN: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 44 - NO PLAY.
9:581/15490 - 0131 Johnson is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
9:202/16500 - 0221 Anderson's pass is to Alexander who makes the catch and falls forward for a 11 yd gain.
8:403/5390 - 0221 Anderson completes the pass to Collinsworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 9 yd gain.
7:591/10300 - 0131 Anderson overthrows Verser and the pass is incomplete.
7:502/10300 - 0221 Anderson tosses the ball just out of reach of Alexander. Incomplete pass.
7:453/10300 - 0131 Anderson completes the pass to Johnson who makes the catch and falls forward for a 9 yd gain.
7:034/1210 - 0FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 38 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 14 plays, 70 yds, 7:50
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 6:59
6:59Kickoffown 303 - 0K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 1 and return it to the SAN 26.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 6:51
6:511/10own 263 - 0221 Montana completes the pass to Young who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 14 yd gain.
6:121/10own 403 - 0131 Patton picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
PENALTY on SAN: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the SAN 40 - NO PLAY.
6:091/20own 303 - 0131 Montana screen pass is to Patton who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 4 yd gain.
5:242/16own 343 - 0221Montana is sacked by Bryan Hicks for 5 yards.
4:443/21own 293 - 0041 Montana hits Wilson downfield who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 28 yd gain.
4:001/10433 - 0221 Patton picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
3:242/8413 - 0131 Montana screen pass is to Clark who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 17 yd gain.
2:401/10243 - 0221 Montana tosses the ball out to Solomon who holds on to the the ball, makes a few guys miss and runs into the endzone.
1981 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
2:32PAT 3 - 6FG1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 84 yds, 4:16
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 2:32
2:32Kickoffown 303 - 7K1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 11 and return it to the CIN 37.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 2:23
2:231/10own 373 - 7221 Anderson scrambles for 11 yards.
1:381/10own 483 - 7131 Anderson completes the pass to Johnson who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 7 yd gain.
0:582/3453 - 7140 Johnson picks up 7 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
0:151/10383 - 7131 Johnson pounds ahead for 4 yards.
0:002/6343 - 7221Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 3 1981 San Francisco: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:002/6343 - 7140 Alexander picks up 3 yards off tackle left.
14:233/3313 - 7230 Alexander rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
13:454/2303 - 7FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 47 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 13:41
13:411/10own 373 - 7131 Montana overthrows Clark and the pass is incomplete.
13:362/10own 373 - 7221 Montana's pass is to Cooper who makes the catch and falls forward for a 9 yd gain.
12:593/1own 463 - 7221 Patton picks his way for 9 yards.
12:221/10453 - 7221 Patton is buried for a loss of 4 yards.
11:392/14493 - 7221 Hofer picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
11:053/13483 - 7041 Montana overthrows Solomon and the pass is incomplete.
10:574/13483 - 7P1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) return it to the CIN 9.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 10:47
10:471/10own 93 - 7221 Anderson completes the pass to Ross who makes the catch and falls forward for a 11 yd gain.
10:031/10own 203 - 7221 Johnson gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
9:252/7own 233 - 7221 Anderson soft pass is to Alexander who makes the catch and falls forward for a 6 yd gain.
8:403/1own 293 - 7221 Griffin picks his way for 7 yards.
7:571/10own 363 - 7131 Anderson zips the short pass to Ross who makes the catch and falls forward for a 5 yd gain.
7:192/5own 413 - 7221 Johnson rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
6:373/4own 423 - 7230 Alexander is stopped at the line.
5:594/4own 423 - 7P1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a punt.
Blocked Punt! 1981 San Francisco (SAN) recover at the CIN 38.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 5:51
5:511/10383 - 7221 Cooper picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
5:162/9373 - 7212Montana's pass is intercepted.
Bo Harris returns the interception to the CIN 37.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 5:06
5:061/10own 373 - 7221 Alexander gets back to the line of scrimmage.
4:272/10own 373 - 7131 Anderson's pass is just out of reach of Kreider. Incomplete pass.
4:223/10own 373 - 7131 Anderson scrambles for 1 yard.
3:394/9own 383 - 7P1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a punt.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the CIN 48.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 3:24
3:241/10483 - 7221 Cooper picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
2:502/9473 - 7131 Patton carries, but is tackled for no gain.
2:123/9473 - 7041Montana is sacked by Tom Dinkel for 10 yards.
2:004/19own 433 - 7P1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:004/19own 433 - 7P1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) return it to the CIN 34.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 1:49
1:491/10own 343 - 7131 Johnson picks up 2 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
1:452/8own 363 - 7221 Johnson pounds ahead for 4 yards.
1:403/4own 403 - 7221*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:403/4own 403 - 7221 Anderson hits Curtis who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 18 yd gain.
1:151/10423 - 7131 Johnson picks up 1 yard on a draw play before running out of bounds.
1:112/9413 - 7131Anderson is sacked by Keena Turner for 6 yards.
0:483/15473 - 7140Anderson's pass is intercepted.
Dwight Hicks returns the interception to the SAN 44.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:38
0:381/10own 443 - 7221 Solomon runs a reverse for 7 yards.
0:332/3493 - 7221*** 1981 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:332/3493 - 7140 Patton carries, but is tackled for no gain.
0:293/3493 - 7140*** 1981 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:293/3493 - 7230 Montana completes the pass to Clark who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 10 yd gain.
0:241/10393 - 7221 Montana scrambles for 2 yards.
0:182/8373 - 7221*** 1981 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:182/8373 - 7221 PENALTY on SAN: False Start, 5 yards enforced on the CIN 37 - NO PLAY.
0:182/13423 - 7221 Cooper picks up 15 yards off tackle left.
0:011/10273 - 7221Montana spikes the ball.
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 3 1981 San Francisco: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 303 - 7K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 8 and return it to the SAN 37.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 14:50
14:501/10own 373 - 7131 Montana scrambles for no gain.
14:062/10own 373 - 7221 Patton pounds ahead for 8 yards.
13:293/2own 453 - 7221 Cooper gains 2 yards up the middle.
12:501/10own 473 - 7221 Patton carries, but is tackled for a loss of 2 yards.
12:132/12own 453 - 7212 Cooper pounds ahead for 1 yard.
11:343/11own 463 - 7041 Montana hits Young who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
10:501/10383 - 7131 Hofer rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
10:142/8363 - 7131 Montana tosses the ball out to Solomon. Catch is good and Solomon gets big yardage for a 19 yd gain.
9:321/10173 - 7221 Hofer carries, but is tackled for a loss of 1 yard.
8:492/11183 - 7221 Patton gets back to the line of scrimmage.
8:103/11183 - 7131 Montana hits Hofer who makes the catch and falls forward into the endzone.
1981 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
8:03PAT 3 - 13FG1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 63 yds, 6:47
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 8:03
8:03Kickoffown 303 - 14K1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 8 and return it to the CIN 20.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 7:57
7:571/10own 203 - 14131 Anderson overthrows Kreider and the pass is incomplete.
7:502/10own 203 - 14131 Johnson picks up 14 yards off tackle left.
7:051/10own 343 - 14221 Anderson completes the long pass to Curtis. Tackled immediately for a 23 yd gain.
6:201/10433 - 14221 Alexander carries, but is tackled for no gain.
5:462/10433 - 14212 Anderson overthrows Collinsworth and the pass is incomplete.
5:403/10433 - 14140 Anderson's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
5:344/10433 - 14P1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a punt.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 29.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 5:24
5:241/10own 293 - 14221 Montana completes the pass to Clark who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 13 yd gain.
4:421/10own 423 - 14221 Patton picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
4:072/8own 443 - 14221 Hofer gains 2 yards on a sweep left.
3:333/6own 463 - 14131 Cooper rushes for a loss of 5 yards.
2:534/11own 413 - 14P1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) return it to the CIN 22.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 2:45
2:451/10own 223 - 14221 Johnson is buried for a loss of 3 yards.
2:052/13own 193 - 14221 Kreider picks up 1 yard on the end around.
1:303/12own 203 - 14131 Anderson completes the pass to Collinsworth who gets a few steps before being run out of bounds for a 15 yd gain.
0:471/10own 353 - 14221 Alexander picks up 9 yards off tackle left.
0:022/1own 443 - 14131 Johnson carries, but is tackled for no gain.
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 3 1981 San Francisco: 14

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:003/1own 443 - 14122 Griffin picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
14:231/10own 463 - 14221 Johnson picks his way for 1 yard.
13:472/9own 473 - 14212 Anderson throws to Johnson but he can't hold on to the ball.
13:413/9own 473 - 14131 Anderson's pass is to Ross who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 26 yd gain.
12:581/10273 - 14131 PENALTY on SAN: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 27 - NO PLAY.
12:581/5223 - 14131 Anderson's pass is just out of the reach of Alexander.
12:532/5223 - 14131 Anderson completes the pass to Johnson. Johnson gets leveled, but holds on to the ball for a 7 yd gain.
12:111/10153 - 14131 Anderson's pass is just out of reach of Ross. Incomplete pass.
12:032/10153 - 14131 Anderson's pass is just out of the reach of Ross.
11:573/10153 - 14131 Anderson's pass is just out of reach of Kreider. Incomplete pass.
11:494/10153 - 14FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Breech's 32 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 14 plays, 58 yds, 5:57
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 11:45
11:45Kickoffown 306 - 14K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN -3 and return it to the SAN 33.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 11:34
11:341/10own 336 - 14221 Patton rushes for 5 yards off tackle right.
10:562/5own 386 - 14131 Montana's long pass is to Solomon who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 25 yd gain.
10:131/10376 - 14221 Patton pounds ahead for 3 yards.
9:342/7346 - 14221 Montana completes the pass to Clark who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
8:491/10186 - 14221 Hofer rushes for 16 yards off tackle right.
8:081/Goal26 - 14122 Cooper picks his way for 1 yard.
7:322/Goal16 - 14131 Hofer gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
1981 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
7:29PAT 6 - 20FG1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 67 yds, 4:05
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 7:29
7:29Kickoffown 306 - 21K1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 2 and return it to the CIN 13.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 7:24
7:241/10own 136 - 21131 Johnson picks up 5 yards on a draw play.
7:012/5own 186 - 21140 Anderson's short pass is to Collinsworth who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 9 yd gain.
6:241/10own 276 - 21131 Johnson gains 3 yards up the middle.
5:542/7own 306 - 21221 Anderson scrambles for 2 yards.
5:353/5own 326 - 21230 Anderson's pass is just out of reach of Collinsworth. Incomplete pass.
5:314/5own 326 - 21221 Anderson completes the deep pass to Collinsworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 47 yd gain.
5:011/10216 - 21221 Anderson tosses the ball out to Alexander. Alexander just gets back to the line of scrimmage.
4:542/10216 - 21221*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
4:542/10216 - 21212 Anderson's pass is to Johnson. Tackled immediately for a 14 yd gain.
4:301/Goal76 - 21131 Anderson's pass is to Johnson who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting into the endzone.
1981 Cincinnati scores a touchdown!
4:25PAT 12 - 21FG1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 87 yds, 2:59
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 4:25
4:25Kickoffown 3013 - 21K1981 Cincinnati (CIN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 7 and return it to the SAN 29.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 4:20
4:201/10own 2913 - 21131 Davis pounds ahead for 2 yards.
3:442/8own 3113 - 21212 Montana's pass is just out of reach of Young. Incomplete pass.
3:393/8own 3113 - 21041 Montana's pass is to Clark who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 13 yd gain.
2:571/10own 4413 - 21221 Patton picks up 3 yards off tackle left.
2:142/7own 4713 - 21221 Montana overthrows Solomon and the pass is incomplete.
2:093/7own 4713 - 21212 Davis gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
2:004/6own 4813 - 21P1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:004/6own 4813 - 21P1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) return it to the CIN 25.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 1:50
1:501/10own 2513 - 21131 Anderson overthrows Ross and the pass is incomplete.
1:442/10own 2513 - 21131Anderson is sacked by Keena Turner for 6 yards.
1:253/16own 1913 - 21140 Anderson's long pass is just out of reach of Collinsworth. Incomplete pass.
1:194/16own 1913 - 21140 Anderson overthrows Verser and the pass is incomplete.
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 1:12
1:121/101913 - 21221 Patton pounds ahead for 4 yards.
1:072/61513 - 21221*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:072/61513 - 21140 Cooper picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
1:033/31213 - 21140*** 1981 Cincinnati (CIN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:033/31213 - 21212 Hofer rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
0:204/41313 - 21FG1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Wersching's 30 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 3 plays, 6 yds, 0:52
1981 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:16
0:16Kickoffown 3013 - 24K1981 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) catch the ball at the CIN 6 and return it to the CIN 19.
1981 Cincinnati (CIN) at 0:13
0:131/10own 1913 - 24140 Anderson's underthrows Verser. Incomplete pass.
0:052/10own 1913 - 24140 Anderson's long pass is just out of reach of Verser. Incomplete pass.
End of 4th Quarter ... 1981 Cincinnati: 13 1981 San Francisco: 24

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