The Catch

Touchdowns, we all can appreciate a good one, and when it comes to the best ones in history, even better…

So, here’s a brief article about “the catch”, a memorable play in NFL history.

Joe Montana is one of the most well known quarterbacks of the past, he spent his career with the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana is a 4-time Superbowl Champion, and a 3-time Superbowl MVP. He has also won a good number of awards that makes him one of the standouts of football.

Joe Montana is the responsible for “the catch”, which is a famous name to refer to the touchdown reception from Montana to Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship game between the Cowboys and the 49ers back in 1982.

The Catch

On such game, the lead was switching hands constantly, and with 58 seconds left on the clock and a 27-21 score favoring Dallas, San Francisco was forced to a good play in order to win the game. The 49ers were at the 6-yard line and Joe Montana led a famous play called the “Sprint Right Option”, which was a pass first intended for Freddie Salomon as he scored with the same play earlier on the game, however, the Cowboys defense was quite effective on covering Salomon, and so Montana was forced to throw a high pass to the back of the end zone. Dwight Clark catch the ball with his fingertips with 51 seconds on the clock, the 49ers scored, and won the game.

Seconds are truly important in decisive games like this one as things were 28-27 and Dallas just needed a field goal in order to win the game, and that I think is another aspect to add to the importance of “the catch” on this game.


~ by Pay Per Head Sportsbook on December 6, 2008.

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