There are a few plays worth mentioning that don’t quite make it into the top five.
Thankfully, we can keep these short.
Vance McDonald’s Stone Hands versus the Bengals in 2015
49ers tight end Vance McDonald doesn’t have a good reputation as a pass catcher.
Instead, his questionable hands have done more harm than good at times. And this was certainly the case on December 20, 2015 as the Niners were hosting the Cincinnati Bengals:
NaVorro Bowman’s Gruesome 2014 NFC Championship Injury
The 49ers were in an all-out battle with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2014 with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman had just stripped Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse of the ball. But safety Eric Reid ran into Kearse, who subsequently fell into Bowman’s left leg.
The subsequent injury resulted in Bowman tearing his MCL and ACL, and it sidelined the All-Pro linebacker for the subsequent 2014 season.