One of the great playoff games in 49er and NFL history, and to me, the greatest final 5 minutes in playoff history. The back and forth drama was so great - we're up, then they're up, then us again, then back to Saints, and finally Alex with the throw to Vernon.
I've always doubted Alex to do what's needed to be done in the final minutes to win the game. Dude did it twice.
Originally posted by Shanhi88:
It really depends on how things go from here. If we win the superbowl, this game becomes legendary like the Catch. If not, it's great like the catch II but it's not really legendary.
In my opinion, this game was better than the catchII, because it wasn't tainted and there was so much redemption going on, on so many levels (Alex, Davis, Fans)
The game was like an epic Rocky boxing match: First quarter dominated by Niners, second dominated by Saints, third the calm before the storm, and the fourth an epic slugfest till the final bell with Smith to Davis delivering the final knock-out punch.
1) Catch I 2) Wildcard vs NYG
3) SB 23 4) Catch II 5) Catch III
(saw firsthand the ones in bold, too young/not born for 1 & 3)
I think I would move the wildcard game down to #5 and definately put the Cincy Super Bowl up to #2. Though its hard, I would put yesterdays game at #3. The others were great games but they were played during the 20 years period when we experienced (with the exception of the year Young was forced to retire) unparrelled success. We have been in the wilderness for the last nine years. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever end. Though those other games are definately worthy (some franchises don't even have one that can rival any of them) yesterday's game was just sweeter for me.
Originally posted by servegmo:
I think we still dont know where this will rank! if we win the super bowl this will be number 2 if not the number 3 in my mind
I took OP to mean comeback victories. If not, then I would expand the list and put the Super Bowl's at #2-6. The NFC Title game against Dallas in 95 would rate over some (but not yesterday's) from the original list.
For me this ranks #3 behind The Catch (82) and Superbowl 23 as far as the finish goes simply because of the stakes. But if we're talking about the entire game, wire to wire, this may be the absolute best 49er game I've ever seen.
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