San Francisco has made six trips: in 1982 and '89 vs. Cincinnati, '85 vs. Miami, '90 vs. Denver, '95 vs. San Diego and 2013 vs. Baltimore.
Days before the NFL crowns its 49th Super Bowl champion, Elliot Harrison of NFL.com took on the imposing task of ranking the 48 title games that led up to Sunday's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
With five Super Bowl wins in their storied history, the San Francisco 49ers were obviously well-represented on the list.
To save you some time and a click, we've compiled where each of the 49ers six Super Bowl appearances landed in the countdown.
(In case you were wondering, number one on the countdown was Super Bowl XIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys.)
No. 48 - Super Bowl XXIV (1989)
Score: 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
Worth noting:In the most lopsided game in Super Bowl history, the 49ers defense limited John Elway to 108 yards passing and forced four Broncos turnovers. On offense, San Francisco scored on six of its first eight drives as Joe Montana finished 22-of-29 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Jerry Rice. Montana took home the game's MVP award for his efforts.
Harrison's Explanation:"If the Pleiadians or some other alien race finds our planet in 200 years and discovers NFL Films, let's hope this isn't the one film canister they unearth. Super Bowl XXIV was brutal from start to finish. Really, it was never a game. It was 27-3 at halftime. Get excited."
No. 44 - Super Bowl XXIX (1994)
Score: 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
Worth noting:Steve Young got the proverbial monkey off of his back with one of the most prolific performances in Super Bowl history. Rice hauled in three touchdown passes and amassed 149 yards receiving while the 49ers defense picked off Chargers quarterbacks three times.
Harrison's Explanation:"The real title bout took place two weeks before this Super Bowl, when the 49ers topped the Cowboys in a highly anticipated NFC Championship Game… 49ers quarterback Steve Young and offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan went over all 300 plays beforehand, and knew they were ready. Young's line: 24-of-36 for 325 yards and six touchdowns. That would indicate he was probably ready to play."
No. 27 - Super Bowl XIX (1984)
Score: 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16
Worth noting:Trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter, the 49ers went on to score 21 unanswered points to take control of the game. Montana threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. President Ronald Reagan participated in the opening coin toss via satellite. The game was played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. 49ers defensive lineman Michael Carter became the first and only athlete to win an Olympic medal (silver in shot put) and a Super Bowl ring in the same year.
Harrison's Explanation:"The greatest offensive season in NFL history – namely, Dan Marino's 5,084-yard campaign – came to a resounding halt against the 49ers quartet of Pro Bowlers in the secondary. For one season, Eric Wright, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Hicks and Carlton Williamson were as elite as any back four in NFL history. Their play, along with Joe Montana going 24-of-35 for 331 yards and three touchdowns, won the day."
No. 14 - Super Bowl XVI (1981)
Score: 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21
Worth noting:The first Super Bowl held in a cold-weather city (Detroit), this game also marked the first time a team was outgained in total yardage but still won. Cincinnati tallied 356 yards while the 49ers totalled 275. Montana threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to earn his first Super Bowl MVP.
Harrison's Explanation:"A solid, if not incredible game, Super Bowl XVI kicked off the 49ers dynasty."
No. 13 - Super Bowl XLVII (2012)
Score: 49ers 31, Baltimore Ravens 34
Worth noting:The 49ers nearly erased a 28-6 deficit in the third quarter but fell just shy of the comeback. Colin Kaepernick threw for 302 yards and ran for another 62 while Frank Gore rushed for 110 yards. The game is also remembered for a power outage inside of the Superdome in New Orleans that caused a 34-minute delay.
Harrison's Explanation:"Super Bowl XLVII makes it into the top 15 by virtue of having one of the most exciting second halves ever. The final stretch was spectacular, and included a little controversy on that late four-down stop. (Was Michael Crabtree interfered with, or was that a good no-call?)"
No. 5 - Super Bowl XXIII (1988)
Score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16
Worth noting:Down 16-13 with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the 49ers marched 92 yards down the field from their own 8-yard line to score the winning touchdown with 34 seconds left. The game, Bill Walsh's final as the 49ers coach, featured three ties and four lead changes. Rice caught 11 passes from Montana for 215 yards and one touchdown to earn MVP honors.
Harrison's Explanation:"Dick LeBeau's unit kept the 49ers at bay most of the day ... until it really mattered. John Taylor caught the game-winner (and a piece of NFL history)."