It was the 1998 wildcard game. 49ers v. Packers. Mariucci v. Holmgren. Mariucci was hired specifically to beat the packers. He had not beaten them yet. Holmgren was in his last year with the Packers. Rumors were flying that if the 49ers had not beaten the packers that day, Marriucci would be fired and replaced with Holmgren. The 49ers head coaching job was Holmgren's dream job, and he wanted it.
It looked like the packers were going to pull off another win against the niners that day until TO's catch with 8 seconds left in the game. A miracle? or a curse? Had the Redemption Reception never occurred, Holmgren would have been hired. Instead, Hearst destroys his ankle the following game against the falcons and is out for the next two years. The 49ers go 4-12 the following season with an end to Steve Young's career.