Best Moments in San Francisco 49ers History
Ever though which have been the best moments in 49ers history? Most likely yes but you just don't know where to start. So, to give you a heads start, below you will find 5 moments that have marked many lives and considering the 49ers odds have had in many season, these will mark yours...
Ever though which have been the best moments in 49ers history? Most likely yes but you just don't know where to start. So, to give you a heads start, below you will find 5 moments that have marked many lives and considering the 49ers odds have had in many season, these will mark yours...
5. The Catch II
It was an NFC wild-card game on January 3, 1999. Green-Bay Packers scored from several drops as well as a fumble, courtesy of Terrell Owens. San Francisco was already behind their playoff nemesis by four. The 49ers' odds were not good at all. What saved the day was a play that is celebrated as epic. Steve Young led the charge toward the Packers' 25-yard line. They had one last chance for a throw towards the end-zone.
Young recovered from a stumble, just in time to throw a touchdown pass to Owens. Owens was mired in heavy traffic and so he took a big hit. But he held on. The winning moment was overwhelming for Owens, who cried on his coach's shoulders. They were defeated, 20-18, by the Atlanta-Falcons in the following round. To this day, The Catch II remains as one among the franchise's greatest plays.
4. Joe Cool to the Rescue
With 3:20 remaining on the clock, in the 4th and last quarter of the Super Bowl XXIII, the 49ers were behind by 3 points. Again, it was a time when the 49ers' odds were grim. Everyone was anxious. But not Joe Montana, the epitome of calmness. In the team’s huddle, Montana told his team to tackle and challenge Harris Barton. With Montana in the front line, San Francisco advanced 92 yards. Joe Cool sent the ball spinning to John Taylor, who took care of the winning touchdown.
The 49ers emerged as victors against the Cincinnati Bengals, ending the game 20 to 16. The Super-Bowl of 1988 was Montana's third, and he eventually played his fourth. Montana had 31 fourth-quarter NFL comebacks, but it was the one he made in the 1988 Super Bowl that cemented his nickname as Joe Cool.
3. The Victory Lap
In the early 90s, San Francisco and Dallas were the fiercest of rivals. With each team composed of star players, each game between the two franchises was played with never before seen intensity. This battle for football dominance climaxed in the N.F.C title game of 1994. The 49ers' odds of winning the championship were low – the team lost the conference championship to the Cowboys in the previous 2 seasons. This time, though, it was going to be different.
The 49ers began with a three-score first-quarter. They held on and won the game with a 10-point lead, 38-28. After losing for two consecutive seasons, this win proved to be simply overwhelming. Filled with emotions, quarterback Steve Young did a victory-lap around Candlestick Park to celebrate. With this win, the 49ers entered their very first Super-Bowl without Joe Montana. Fortunately, they routed the San-Diego Chargers, and Young was awarded MVP.
2. The Hiring of Bill Walsh in 1979
Between 1946 to 1978, playing 33 seasons, the team made the postseason only a mere 5 times. They never won any championships, counting even the consecutive 2-14 seasons back in 1978 and the following year. After the 1979 season, Bill Walsh joined the 49ers. Just a mere two years later, San Francisco won the Super Bowl championship. They continued on to win the Super Bowl two more times, making a record of 3 Super Bowl wins from 1981 to 1989.
They also made the playoffs a whopping eight times during those years. Walsh left Cincinnati supposedly because Paul Brown rejected him as the Bengals' head coach. It was Brown's refusal of Walsh that changed the entire course of the N.F.L history. Because of Walsh's remarkable success during his days at the West-Coast offense, almost every other team tried to copy Walsh's brainchild.
1. The Catch
Less than a minute left in the 1981 NFC championship game. Dallas leading by six points versus upstart San Francisco 49ers. Joe Montana, only 25 years old at that time, led the team to victory with a play that became known as The Catch. Facing three Cowboy defenders, Montana rolled right and back-pedaled.
Dwight Clark managed to break ahead and that was when Montana pushed a high pass to Clark, who made a grab near the end zone. Montana's most iconic pass, the third-down pass not only earned San Francisco their 1st championship, but the win also heralded the beginning of San Francisco's 14-year reign, during which the team achieved 11 division wins and claimed 5 Super Bowl titles.

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