With 84,059 roaring fans in the stands Super Bowl XIX began. The Dolphins struck first, after forcing a Niners punt, they drove the ball 45 yards in six plays then Uwe von Schamann kicked a 37 yard field goal to give Miami the first points of the day. The Niners responded quickly, after a few quick passes from Montana and a run by Tyler they faced a crucial 3rd and 7 situation, Montana took it in his own hands converting for the first down with a 15 yard run. One play later Montana found Carl Monroe, and the running back took it in for a 25 yard touchdown. Dan Marino and the Dolphins went into a no huddle offense completing 5 straight passes with the last one being a touchdown to tight end Dan Johnson. By the end of the fist quarter the Dolphins led 10-7 and it looked like a shootout was on the way.
In the second half Miami received the ball and lost any momentum that was gained in that first possession. Right out the gate Tony Nathan was tackled for a loss by 49ers defensive end Dwaine Board. An incompletion by Marino, then he was sacked for a nine yard loss by Board who had come out with his hair on fire. After another punt that had the Niners at mid field once again they capitalized with a Ray Wersching field goal. The 49ers put the final nail in the coffin late in the third quarter as they capped off a 70 yard drive with a touchdown pass from Montana to Craig. The score was 38-16 and the defenses took over for both clubs the rest of the way, posting goose eggs in the fourth.