Originally posted by KowboyKiller:
Some of my worsts:
1) Week 7, 2001, 49ers at Chicago Bears. We're up 28-9 halfway through the third quarter and just rolling on the Bears who like the Niners were the surprise team of the year after several crappy years. This was a huge statement game to show the NFL the Niners were back, baby! I really don't know how, but everything just suddenly went the Bears way and they managed to force overtime. On the very first play in overtime, Garcia's sends a dart to Owens right down the middle, which would have been a huge gain, except for the fact that Owens decided it was a terrific time to grow a nice fat pair of butterfingers and bobbles the easy catch right to Mike Brown who takes it all the way into the end zone.
Well, not quite "several" crappy years unless you mean two, because they were a playoff team in '98, then wheels fell off after Young's injury in '99, and 2000 was a down year although you could good things about to happen.
As for that game vs Chicago, it was one of the few times I agreed with Terrell Owens when he basically said afterwards that Mariucci took it easy once the 49ers had the big lead...I think he said it was because Mariucci didn't want to embarrass his buddies coaching the Bears, which I don't think was the case, it was just that Mariucci did have a thing for trying to work the clock once he had a lead instead of just remaining aggressive. And that loss essentially doomed the 49ers in the playoffs, because at 13-3 they would've had a home game, but at 12-4 they had to go to Green Bay. Not saying they would've even beat GB in SF, but they had zero shot at Lambeau.
But my worst losses were the
'87 playoff loss to Vikings,
final game of '82 season vs Rams where a blocked FG by Lee Roy Irvin kept 49ers from making playoffs,
'83 reg season Falcons Hail Mary to White Shoes Johnson, to this day I still do not believe he got the ball across the goal line before he was down...
There's more, but that's enough conjuring up bad memories.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM ]