Dear Brett Favre,
The 49er Faithfull
All of this talk of Brett Favre coming out of retirement to return to the Packers or possibly being traded brought to mind too many bad memoires between the 49er vs. Packers in the playoffs. For years in the regular season and in the playoffs, with the 49ers holding onto their final glory years and the Packers in the midst of their own, the 49ers could not defeat the Packers. It was the similar to the choke hold the Patriots had on Peyton Manning and the Colts until Manning finally beat the Pats in their 2006 championship season. I am sure many 49er Faithfull remember the divisional playoffs in 1999 when 49ers finally beat the Packers who had eliminated them from the playoffs in the last three season. Fittingly enough the game was played at Candlestick where “The Catch” from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark defeated the Cowboys whom the 49ers could never get past during their earlier successful run in the early 1970s.
Terrell Owens was having one of his worst games of his career, he had dropped four passes and lost a fumble, when a pass from Steve Young to T.O. in the final seconds of the fourth quarter gave the 49ers a three point lead and was dubbed “The Catch II”. When T.O. split the two defenders, who were in a zone defense, I thought there is no way he made the catch. Not at against the Packers who had always found a way to beat the 49ers. I was waiting for T.O. to get up without the ball in hand. The Packers had been my nemesis for so long, did the 49ers finally beat Favre and the Pack! I remember watching it at my Uncle Danny’s house (who is a die-hard Rams fan) and listening to him jabbing the whole time about how the 49ers would never beat the Packers in the playoffs. When T.O. made the catch I jumped in the air and I didn’t believe what I just saw. He got up with the ball in his hands! It didn’t sink in until I watched a crying T.O. run off the field being hugged by Steve Mariucci and the rest of the 49ers team.
To this day I still have the cut-out from the LA Times sports page of T.O. jumping and making the catch it in the end zone with the headline “The Catch II”. For those of you who forgot or want to remember the last glorious 49er victory in the playoffs here it is: The Catch II