Originally posted by kingairta:
Apearantly that catch wasn't the spark that was needed to ignite the dynasty. If it was we would have our 6th ring now. Like I said it was a good play but nothing to be immortalized. Sure we don't know what '12 brings but that play won't be what everyone points back to and says that play is the one that got them off to the races. For one it was in the previous season and the game after was lost. If anything the day the Yorks hired Harbaugh will be the spark that ignited the rebirth.
Top play of the season? sure Top play of the last 10 years? sure. Did it do any good? Nope team lost the championship game. So in my book it doesn't warrent a title of anything similar to the "Catch". Best play of the decade sure but not an immortalizing title.
Thats a good way to sum it up, my interpretation of your statement is that the Catch II was deserving because of the QB who threw it and that we were still somewhat tied to the '95 team. Which I totally agree with just as The Catch is was truly started the dynasty, and I also agree that the single event that "reignited" the 9ers was simply the hiring of Harbaugh, the reconnection to our storied past(via the Bill Walsh connection) that it brought to the surface is what will do the team the most good. The Saints game was the personification of that move IMHO, our signing of Harbaugh, Harbaugh's faith in AS, both the scoring drives(I'd also argue that with 2 incredibly epic plays and 2 epic saints plays that it is nearly impossibly to immortalize either "the run" or "the catch III" - You could make a better argument that it should be called something that embodies the entire effort like "The Game" due to Whitner's hit, The Run, The Catch III, Goldson's INT, etc) etc etc.
I think our team played off the momentum of the Saints game and that outside circumstances/modern tech ended up crushing the dream so to speak. Just like many people point out, if there had been instant replay back at The Catch II time, it would've never happened because Jerry's blantant non-call fumble. Just as to the naked eye the ball appeared to never hit Kyle Williams knee on the first kick, it was instant replay that awarded the Giants the ball. It was pure stroke of bad luck that lost us that game and yes lightning struck twice which makes it even worse.
"The Catch III" might not be immortalized as The Catch III but it will be the personification that we have finally turned the corner and gone back to our winning ways thanks to the hiring of Harbaugh and the events that were triggered because of it. That is more important then immediately "reigniting" us to a SB win, it was the message that this entire season conveyed and that single game was the physical proof of it.