September 11, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Jets fly over the stadium before the start of the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 33-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Last Four Home Playoff Games for 49ers Are Etched in Franchise Lore


All 49ers fans will agree the team needs a new stadium, badly.  Whenever that new stadium comes to fruition Candlestick will be demolished but the historic games at the ‘Stick will always be remember in 49ers history.  Plenty of special moments and exciting playoff games have occurred at the stadium by the bay.  But the four recent home playoff games from 1998-2012 for the San Francisco 49ers will always be remembered as a stretch of history with heart stopping finishes.

The 49ers loss in the NFC Championship game is not even a week old but we all know the game will never fade from our memory.  We will always remember where we were at and the reaction to the two infamous fumbles that gave the game away.  The previous home playoff game against the Saints is more of a celebratory memory and will stay with us for many positive reasons, chief among them Alex Smith’s game-winning TD pass to Vernon Davis, aka The Post.

What you may have forgot about was the 2002 Wild Card win over the New York Giants and the 1998 Wild Card win over the Green Bay Packers that preceded this seasons home playoff games.  Both games are historic for the 49ers because of the way they ended.

In the 2002 game, the 49ers were down 38-14 to the Giants in the third quarter and came all the way back led by Jeff Garcia.  The Giants had one final opportunity to win the game but a bad snap on the field goal try ended the game with the 49ers on top 39-38.  It was the biggest comeback for the 49ers in franchise history.

Way back in 1998 the 49ers finally beat the Packers in the playoffs after having been eliminated by Green Bay the previous three years in the playoffs.  The game ended with a Steve Young 25-yard game-winning pass to Terrell Owens (“Owens, Owens, Owens!”) that is now known as The Catch II.  Young led a 76-yard drive to complete the comeback and Owens finally held onto the football after four dropped passes and a fumble.

We can expected a few more playoff games at Candlestick that are exciting, and hopefully historic wins, with Jim Harbaugh and the great roster of young players the 49ers have going forward.  Keep your head up 49ers Faithful.

 

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