The Dolphins release Finnegan, saving the team more than $5 million in salary-cap room. Finnegan would have made $5.475 million through the 2015 NFL season.
The San Francisco 49ers capture their second Super Bowl title with a dominating offense and a defense that tames Miami’s explosive passing attack. Montana is named MVP as he sets a new Super Bowl-record completing 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Montana also rushes five times for 59 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.
Fullback John Riggins runs for a Super Bowl-record 166 yards on 38 carries to spark Washington to a 27-17 victory over AFC champion Miami. It is Riggins’s fourth straight 100-yard rushing game during the playoffs, also a record.
The defending NFL champion Dolphins, representing the AFC for the third straight year, score the first two times they have possession on marches of 62 and 56 yards, while the Miami defense limit the Vikings to only seven plays in the first period.
The Dolphins play virtually perfect football in the first half as their defense permits the Redskins to cross midfield only once and their offense turns good field position into two touchdowns.
The Cowboys rush for a record 252 yards and their defense limits the Dolphins to a low of 185 yards while not permitting a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history.