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“The Catch”

January 10, 1982

— Candlestick Park, San Francisco —

 
 
“The Catch” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 25, 2021
1. “The Catch” Marker
Inscription.  Dwight Clark's leaping fingertip catch at Candlestick Park is a seminal moment in San Francisco 49ers history. With 58 seconds remaining in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, Joe Montana rolled right under pressure from three Dallas Cowboys defenders and tossed a high pass toward the back of the end zone. Clark soared magically toward the heavens and extended his 6-foot-4 frame to grab the football and tie the score with a touchdown. The extra point kick gave the 49ers a 28-27 victory over the Cowboys. The play, called "Sprint Right Option," changed the fate of the franchise. It catapulted the 49ers to their first championship and ignited a 14-year run of excellence during which the franchise won five Super Bowl titles. Known simply as "The Catch," this shining moment in team history captured the hearts of fans and forever links Montana and Clark to the 49ers legacy.
 
Erected 2018 by San Francisco 49ers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1982.
 
Location. 37° 24.214′ N, 121° 58.286′ 
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W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Marie P DeBartolo Way, 0.3 miles east of Great America Parkway, on the right when traveling east. Located at the 49ers Museum and stadium. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara CA 95054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agnew Depot (approx. one mile away); Superintendent's Residence (approx. 1.1 miles away); Administration Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); Life at Agnews: Change Over a Century (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early History of Agnews (approx. 1.2 miles away); Recent History of Agnews (approx. 1.2 miles away); Auditorium (approx. 1.2 miles away); Agnews: A Century of Service (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
Regarding “The Catch”. The San Francisco 49ers moved to their new stadium in Santa Clara for the 2014 season. The demolition of Candlestick Park in San Francisco was completed in September 2015.
 
“The Catch” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 25, 2021
2. “The Catch” Marker
“The Catch” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 25, 2021
3. “The Catch” Marker
Statue of Dwight Clark on the reverse of the marker.
“The Catch” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 25, 2021
4. “The Catch” Marker
Statue of Joe Montana watching the catch from 23 yards away.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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