No. 4: 2002 NFC Wild Card vs. New York Giants
Where were you during this game? Did you give up hope after the 49ers fell behind 38-14 in the third quarter?
Only a real ardent 49ers fans stuck through this game until the end. The ultimate embarrassment seemed on the cards, especially after New York Giants running back Tiki Barber blew a kiss to the Candlestick crowd after a long touchdown run put the Giants up 35-14.
But then two Niners stood up to be counted: quarterback Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens. Owens had already been a huge 49er hero after the “Catch II” in 1998, but this was Garcia’s time to shine.
Garcia had never won a playoff game prior to this matchup, and he led from the front going 27-of-44 for 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 60 yards, and San Francisco scored the final 25 points in the second half to complete the second-biggest playoff game comeback in NFL history.
Owens was a monster. He finished with nine catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns, where he simply either ran past or through Giants defenders.
The 49ers won the game 39-38 after a Giants botched field-goal attempt snap and failed Hail Mary throw. This game easily goes down as one of the best and most memorable in the history of Candlestick Park.