The San Francisco 49ers have a pretty enviable Super Bowl record, with five wins out of seven appearances. The team was a true dynasty back in the '80s, so we had a hard time picking, but this is our definitive ranking of San Francisco's greatest World Champion teams.
The 1984–85 season was an amazing one for the 49ers, and that's partly why it's so low on this list. Everyone loves to see their team win, but it's honestly not as much fun without some ups and downs. The squad went 15–1 during the regular season and cruised past the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl with a 38–16 victory.
It's painful to have the 1994 team so low on this list, because this was definitely an exciting season. Steve Young finally got his chance to step out from Joe Montana's shadow and he had everything to prove. The team also brought in an impressive group of free agents that were expected to take the franchise all the way. They did just that, but not without some bumps in the road like a humiliating 40–8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles early in the year.
This season was a triumphant conclusion to the 49ers' empire of the '80s. Bill Walsh retired, but George Seifert transitioned smoothly from defensive coordinator to the helm of the squad. Joe Montana brought home another Super Bowl MVP for his collection, and Jerry Rice led the league in receiving yards and had 17 touchdowns on the season. The team was pure dominance from start to finish.
The '81–'82 season was a breakthrough for the 49ers. The franchise was pretty abysmal in the '70s, and in just two years, Bill Walsh made them Super Bowl champions. Young athletes, including the legendary Joe Montana and defensive players Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright, had their first great seasons, which just added excitement as fans watched everything finally come together.
This season was not the smoothest or most dominant for the 49ers, and that's what made the ending so magical. The team only went 10–6 in the regular season, and Montana struggled with injuries throughout, leading to drama with second stringer Steve Young. The 49ers had to fight til the very end, beating the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl by a narrow four points.