49ers head coach Bill Walsh talks with quarterback Joe Montana during the 1984 NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on Jan. 6, 1985 in San Francisco. The Niners defeated the Bears 23-0. (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
Joe Montana and Jerry Rice celebrate a touchdown during a 1986 Cardinals-49ers game. (Greg Trott/AP)
GALLERY: San Francisco 49ers Glory Years
San Francisco quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young huddle with offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan during a training camp session in 1992. This year’s 49ers squad has its own QB dilemma - Colin Kaepernick vs. Alex Smith. In his latest column on SI.com, Don Banks says there is a precedent for a teams winning the Super Bowl after switching quarterbacks midway through the season. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
Joe Montana and Steve Young work on their throwing during a 1990 49ers practice. The duo led San Francisco to five Super Bowl titles in the ’80s and ’90s. Is this year’s 49ers squad ready for a Super Bowl run? After beating Green Bay in Week 1, many NFL experts believe they are. (Al Golub/AP)
Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana attempts a pass during the 1978 Cotton Bowl against Texas. The Fighting Irish are one of college football’s most popular teams, want to continue playing as an independent, but will that be possible in the NCAA’s proposed postseason? SI’s Andy Staples tackles this question in his latest piece.
Joe Montana makes a pass during Super Bowl XXIII against the Bengals. Tom Brady has a chance to match Montana’s four Super Bowl rings when the Patriots take on the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday (Richard Mackson/SI)