Originally posted by KowboyKiller:
Steve Sabol considered Steve's run the best rushing play in NFL history, because if he doesn't make that run, the 49ers don't win the game. If the 49ers don't win that game, they miss the playoffs. And if they miss the playoffs they don't win the super bowl that year.
Exactly...and it was a sort of bitter irony in that the run by Steve Young likely prolonged his time as the backup. Montana was booed in the '87 playoff loss to the Vikings, and was pulled in favor of Young. Flash forward to 1988, and it was a year similar to 2012 where the Niners could never get on a roll, and there was pressure to bench Montana and play Young to spark the team. If Young doesn't make that run, 49ers probably do not make playoffs, Montana doesn't pull off the Super Bowl comeback, and Young would have been starter in '89. But I think most people are pretty happy with how things turned out.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM ]