Floyd played the entire second half. And on the Niners' opening drive Young connected with Popson for a 39-yard score to put the 49ers within seven. Then with 2:08 left, another backup, rookie wideout Terrell Owens, raced under a perfect rainbow pass from Young for a 45-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21. Young may be old and barely able to walk, but his arm is as good as ever. "How do you stop Young?" Bengals defensive end Artie Smith said after the game. "Cut his legs off. And you might want to take his arms too."
Young's and Floyd's performances, along with Seifert's little chat, seemed to wake up the Niners' sleepwalking defense. After spotting Cincinnati those three early touchdowns, San Francisco's D forced eight straight punts. With less than two minutes to go, 49ers free safety Dedrick Dodge picked off a Jeff Blake pass to set up Seifert's gutsy—and unconservative—call for Young's naked bootleg, and the subsequent celebration that grew to include Popson on one side and Owens on top with Floyd supporting the entire cast with his bionic knee.
"This team is beginning to arrive," said Floyd. "And let me tell you, if Green Bay is the best the NFL has to offer, then we will be Super Bowl champs this year. But one win means nothing. When we win the Super Bowl, that's when I'll say I'm truly back."
Those are bold words for the Niners, who haven't beaten a team with more than two wins yet this season, but in Floyd they have proof that nothing's impossible.