The news of San Francisco quarterback Steve Young's retirement will not bring tears to the eyes of New England Patriot fans.
The future Hall of Famer played just four games against New England over the course of his 15-year career, but those games left a mark. Young, twice the league MVP, held a 3-1 record against the Patriots, and completed 74 percent of his passes in those games.
In the 49ers Super Bowl season of 1995, Young beat New England 28-3 at Candlestick Park. The seven-time Pro Bowler threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown.
Young's finest games against New England came in 1989. The 49ers won 37-20 as Young completed 11-of-12 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran three times for 17 yards.
The lone Patriots victory over Young came in 1998, when Scott Zolak led New England to a surprising 24-21 win in place of an injured Drew Bledsoe. Young's totals in four games against the Patriots were 77-of-104 passing for 973 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also gained 106 yards on 16 carries, good for a 6.63 yards-per-carry average.