San Francisco 49ers Epic Moments

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Jan. 10, 1982

Facing third-and-3 at the Dallas 6-yard line with 58 seconds left and his team trailing, 27-21, quarterback Joe Montana rolls out to his right and throws a high pass into the back of the end zone, where Dwight Clark makes a leaping, game-winning reception in the NFC championship game. The play will forever be known as "The Catch," and it represents the beginning of the 49ers' rise as a Super Bowl power.


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