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The 10 Best 49er Wins of the ’80s

I recently completed a project chronicling the 10 years, 1979 through 1988, that Bill Walsh coached the 49ers. (Niners fans who want to learn more about the project can go to I’d grown up cheering for the 49ers of the late ’80s, so I knew all about the Drive in Super Bowl XXIII, I’d watched Steve Young’s 49-yard scamper against the Vikings in ’88, and I’d watched the Hail Mary pass to Rice in Cincinnati in ’87. But as I worked on my project and went through the 1980s with Walsh and Montana, I learned about more than just the games in the late ’80s that had shaped my early days cheering on the Niners. Here’s my ranking of San Francisco’s 10 best wins in the 1980s, accompanied by some vintage black and white photos from the San Francisc...

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