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Ranking every Super Bowl champion's title defense

Yardbarker Logo By Sam Robinson of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 51: The 49ers followed up their 1981 emergence with an odd journey back toward the NFL's basement. San Francisco's first Super Bowl title defense came in a strike-shortened season, and it failed to come close to meeting expectations. Joe Montana started all nine games in 1982, and Dwight Clark was an All-Pro. The 49ers still went 3-6. Their defense plummeted from second in points allowed in '81 to 23rd a year later. Bill Walsh's team lost its first two games and didn't have as much time to recover when play resumed in November.

51. 1982 San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers followed up their 1981 emergence with an odd journey back toward the NFL's basement. San Francisco's first Super Bowl title defense came in a strike-shortened season, and it failed to come close to meeting expectations. Joe Montana started all nine games in 1982, and Dwight Clark was an All-Pro. The 49ers still went 3-6. Their defense plummeted from second in points allowed in '81 to 23rd a year later. Bill Walsh's team lost its first two games and didn't have as much time to recover when play resumed in November.

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