But the 49ers, fighting back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter and another 11-point deficit in the fourth, are a proud team this year, and they had guns of their own. In the third quarter Freddie Solomon made the catch of the day, a diving one-hander, good for 43 yards. "I pulled a muscle running under the pass," he said. "It was like electricity running through my leg. It hit, and then it hit again." In for Solomon came Renaldo Nehemiah, whose two-year career has been long on promise, short on fulfillment. He turned in some very professional-looking catches, and his output for the day was five receptions, 65 yards and one TD. "I had something to prove," he said. "I hope this is the beginning of a long career for me."
Montana, who started slowly, put together one of his All-Pro afternoons—25 for 39 for 358 yards, with no interceptions and no sacks—and when it was over the 49ers had a win that, Walsh said, "leaves me speechless. I'm in awe of the way this team fought back against a lot of misfortune."