Dig out your shell suits, baggy t-shirts and Acid House LP’s. We are stepping back in to 1989. It was one of the most important years in modern history and will always be remembered for the fall of The Berlin Wall in November of that year.
Football - At he start of 1989 the current MVP was owned by the Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. The accolade was to be picked up by none other than 49ers quarterback Joe Montana later in the year.
New Year’s day was the date for the remaining two Divisional championships to be played. The Bills routed the Houston Oilers 17-0 and over in the NFC the 49ers were busy dispatching the Vikings 34-9.
On January 8 the Conference championships took place. The Bengals defeated the Bills 21-10 in the AFC. The 49ers secured the NFC title with a win over the Bears 28-3.
On January 22, 1989 the Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami hosted Super Bowl XXIII. The first half will be remembered for just a field goal each and two very serious injuries. The first was to 49ers Steve Wallace who suffered a broken ankle. The Bengals then lost Tim Krummie, he shattered two bones in his left leg.
By the third quarter the Bengals found the end zone to go 10-3 up. Tied at 13-13 the Bengals took the lead with a field goal leaving just 3:20 on the clock. The 49ers lead by Joe Montana went on a 92-yard drive. 39 seconds were left on the clock when Montana found wide receiver John Taylor with a 10-yard touchdown pass to seal victory. 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice picked up the Super Bowl MVP in what is considered to be one of the greatest of all time.
The 1989 season kicked off on September 10. The Browns tore through the Steelers 51-0 and the LA Raiders put the Chargers to the sword with a 40-14 victory.
During the 1989 regular season, the Dallas Cowboys finished with the worst record 1-15. Only two teams played over .750 football, the Giants (12-4) and the 49ers (14-2). An 8-8 record was not good enough for the Bengals as they finished bottom of the AFC Central.
Joe Montana finished with the highest quarterback rating (112.4). Green Bay’s Don “The Magic Man” Majkowski finished the regular season with the most passing yards, 4,318.
1989 came to a close with two divisional wild card playoffs. The Steelers beat the Houston Oilers 26-23 in the AFC and the LA Rams saw off the Eagles 21-7 in the NFC.
In the cinema people went to watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (one of my favourites) Back to the Future Part II, Batman and Road House but to name a few.
The Berlin Wall may have fallen but it didn’t come down on the NFL. Next week we will step back in time once more, but for now look forward to week 9 of this NFL season.