Looking back at Super Bowl XXIX
The date is January 29, 1995. The Chargers advanced to the Super Bowl for the first, and to this date, only time in franchise history.
The Chargers had a magical run that season. The team won the AFC West that season and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. In the divisional round, they came up with a thrilling victory over Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. Still, few gave them a chance to go into Three Rivers Stadium and defeat the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers.
Only they did.
The Chargers went into Super Bowl XXIX riding a massive wave of momentum. The only problem was one of the best teams ever assembled in NFL history was on the other side.
The San Francisco 49ers had it all. Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders and Ricky Watters, just to name a few. The Chargers didn’t necessarily play a bad game, they were just severely overmatched.
Young threw for 325 yards and six touchdowns in the game as the Niners blew out the Chargers by a score of 49-26. It was a sad end to the year for the Chargers, but there was hope that the success could carry over into the next season.
The Chargers finished 9-7 in 1995, but still managed to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were upset by the Indianapolis Colts, led by “Captain Comeback” Jim Harbaugh, in the first round.
It would be nearly a decade before the team reached the postseason again.