Ten 49er moments to remember at Candlestick ParkLoading
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    Doomsday in S.F., Dec. 23, 1972 -- Backup quarterback Roger Staubach wins the Cowboys' starting job for good after rallying Dallas with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to shock the 49ers 30-28 in a first-round NFC playoff game. Staubach threw a touchdown pass to Billy Parks with 1:40 to play that was followed by the Cowboys recovering a muffed onside kick. After a 21-yard scramble, Staubach threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Ron Sellers with 52 seconds to play to give Dallas the lead.
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  • 49ers Montana 1981
    Big comeback, Dec. 7, 1980 -- In his rookie season, Montana helps cement his "Joe Cool" nickname by leading the 49ers back from a 35-7 halftime deficit against the New Orleans Saints. Montana runs for one second-half touchdown and throws for two more and the 49ers win 38-35, with the 28-point deficit the largest ever overcome in an NFL regular-season game.
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  • The Catch, Jan. 10, 1982 -- Joe Montana rolls out, backpedals, pump fakes and finds Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone. The 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27, in the NFC Championship Game and two weeks later beat the Bengals to win their first Super Bowl title, beginning a stretch of five championships in 14 seasons.
    Phil Huber
  • 49ERS GIANTS
    Craig's fumble, Jan. 20, 1991 -- The 49ers have a 13-12 lead over the New York Giants and the football in Giants territory, minutes from going to their third consecutive Super Bowl, when Roger Craig fumbles. New York recovers and advances just enough to set up Matt Bahr's game-winning, 42-yard field goal as time expires, the final dagger in a game that also saw Montana injured and the 49er farewells of Craig and Ronnie Lott.
    Al GOLUB | AP
  • 49ER LIONS
    Montana's farewell, Dec. 28, 1992 -- After missing all of the 1991 season and 15 games in 1992, Joe Montana plays in the second half of a 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night season finale. Montana completed 15 of 21 passes for 126 yards and throws two touchdowns passes to Brent Jones and Amp Lee. With Steve Young now the team's starting quarterback, it's Montana's final appearance in a 49ers game.
    Al GOLUB | AP
  • Raiders 49ers Football
    Rice passes Brown, Sept. 5, 1994 -- Against the Raiders on Monday Night Football, Jerry Rice scores three touchdowns to pass Jim Brown's NFL career record of 126. The third and final comes in the late stages of a blowout win, as Rice and Steve Young come back out to make history in front of a national TV audience. Rice goes on to finish with 208 career touchdowns.
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  • NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
    Young beats Cowboys, Jan. 15, 1995 -- After losing to the Cowboys in the NFC title game in each of the previous two seasons, Steve Young breaks through and sheds the label of regular-season wonder in the 49ers' 38-28 win over Dallas in the championship game. The 49ers go on to beat the Chargers for their fifth Super Bowl title, with Young throwing for six touchdowns.
    ERIC RISBERG | AP
  • WILD CARD PACKERS 49ERS
    The Catch II, Jan. 3, 1999 -- With three seconds left, Terrell Owens leaps in a crowd and comes down with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Steve Young as the 49ers beat the Packers in the NFC Wild Card round, 30-27. The catch leaves Owens in tears and helps the 49ers end a streak of five straight losses to the Packers, three in the playoffs
    SUSAN RAGAN | AP
  • GIANTS 49ERS
    Garcia rallies 49ers, Jan. 5, 2003 -- Down 38-14 late in the third quarter of their NFC Wild Card game, the 49ers stage a furious comeback against the Giants with Jeff Garcia finding Tai Streets for the go-ahead, 13-yard score with a minute left. The game ends controversially when Giants long snapper Trey Junkin botches the snap on a potential game-winning field goal and a desperation heave downfield falls incomplete with no interference call. It's the second-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history.
    BEN MARGOT | AP
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    Alex beats the Saints, Jan. 14, 2012 -- After years of being the scapegoat for the 49ers' failures, quarterback Alex Smith rallies the 49ers twice in the fourth quarter to defeat the New Orleans Saints 36-32 in a NFC Divisional playoff game. Smith first scored on a 28-yard end-around run to put the 49ers up 29-24. After a quick score by New Orleans gave the Saints the lead again, Smith directed an 85-yard drive and won the game on a 14-yard pass to Vernon
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