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Which "Catch" is your favorite?

Which "Catch" is your favorite?

Trick question, there is only one "The Catch".
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Trick question, there is only one "The Catch".

Agreed! It's the only one that also helped us go to the Super Bowl!
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Trick question, there is only one "The Catch".

This. Monikers for plays shouldn't have sequels.
#1 led to our first Superbowl title . . . #2 and #3 as great as they were on their own . . . led to disappointing losses the following week.

So #1 . . . THEEEE CATCH
Each one of these catches was special in its own right. Montana to Clark kicked off the beginning of a dynasty, and ultimately led to a Super Bowl victory. Young to Owens was definitely spectacular as they come, especially after several years of losing to the Brett Favre led Packers in the NFC Playoffs. Smith to Davis was phenomonal and helped put the last decade of dissapointment in the past. Im tied between 2 ( amazing throw between two defenders and catch being sandwiched by two bone jarring hits) and 3 ( Davis plowing through Harper and securing the ball in the process ) probably because I didnt get to see 1 actually happen. Im just calling it as I see it, Im not talking about what happened afterward (playoff losses, Super Bowl victories), just vote on the actual play.
[ Edited by prime21 on Jul 3, 2012 at 6:57 AM ]
Originally posted by prime21:
Each one of these catches was special in its own right. Montana to Clark kicked off the beginning of a dynasty, and ultimately led to a Super Bowl victory. Young to Owens was definitely spectacular as they come, especially after several years of losing to the Brett Favre led Packers in the NFC Playoffs. Smith to Davis was phenomonal and helped put the last decade of dissapointment in the past. Im tied between 2 ( amazing throw between two defenders and catch being sandwiched by two bone jarring hits) and 3 ( Davis plowing through Harper and securing the ball in the process ) probably because I didnt get to see 1 actually happen.

I didn't see The Catch happen live either, but, the impact of that play is obvious. The other two don't even compare, really. They were great exciting plays, but in the end, were of no consequence when compared to Montana to Clark.
One " catch " two bursts of tears
[ Edited by 16to87 on Jul 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM ]
Yeah, when it comes down to it, The Catch led to our first Super Bowl victory and that makes its complete story unbeatable, but to just break down each play and try to understand what it took to execute on the field, I really think that Steve Young had to probably make the most challenging throw of the three, he "threaded the needle" while Montana had to dodge a few defenders and lob it, and Smith rifling down the pipe. The catches are a lill harder to compare because Clark went up and made a fingertip grab, Davis smashed through Harper, and Owens took two simultaneous hits. So yeah The Catch wins if tis decided by what was accomplished afterward, but my favorite actual play is probably still Young to Owens ( the look on Brett Favre's face is what does it for me ).
[ Edited by prime21 on Jul 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM ]
The catch was the single most dramatic moment in 9er history. After years of losing to the Cowboys in the playoffs, or for a chance to go to the playoffs, the 9ers broke through. It was shocking to we longtime fans!
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Jul 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM ]
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Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
#1 led to our first Superbowl title . . . #2 and #3 as great as they were on their own . . . led to disappointing losses the following week.

So #1 . . . THEEEE CATCH

And #2 should never have happened. Rice had lost a fumble a few plays earlier and the refs blew the call.
The Catch III.

If I was alive for "The Catch", I'd put that as number one. But being 26 years old, I was always partial to "The Catch II"...that is until Smith-to-Davis happened.

So the Catch III is my favorite play of all-time in Niners history. Three reasons:

1. It brought us out of a near decade of misery in spectacular fashion
2. It showed me something in Alex Smith that I never thought was there
3. I was at the game with my girlfriend

If I was older and had witnessed the glory of the 80's, this play (along with the catch II) wouldn't rank so high. But I wasn't, and I was only 9 years old when they won it all in '94, so I couldn't appreciate it as much (even though I was a Niners fan at that age).

I know we fell short in 2011, but the magic of that season coupled with our long overdue rise back to prominence will always make it one of my favorite seasons of all time. Hopefully they take that next step this year and bring the Lombardi back where it belongs!
Originally posted by BobS:
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
#1 led to our first Superbowl title . . . #2 and #3 as great as they were on their own . . . led to disappointing losses the following week.

So #1 . . . THEEEE CATCH

And #2 should never have happened. Rice had lost a fumble a few plays earlier and the refs blew the call.

Whoah... really? Didn't the NYG RB actually fumble the ball in the NFCCG, but the refs blew the whistle prematurely? Missed calls like this happen all of the time. You should not, IMHO, try to minimize such a great moment because the refs blew a call earlier.
(In my opinion) There is no Catch 2 or Catch 3. There is only The Catch. Why? Because it only gets the title "The Catch x" if the team wins the Lombardi in the same season. Montana (God incarnate) hits Clark and goes on to win the Trophy. Young hits Owens and the the team loses a close one in Atlanta. Smith hits Davis and loses a close one the next week. Those last two were great plays, but were not legendary.
To the topic... really can NOT decide. They were all so special for a variety of reasons. I'm just gonna savor them all...