Too Good Tuesday relives one of the greatest moments in NFL history, a play that has simply been known as ‘The Catch’ in the 33 years since the 1982 NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
The Cowboys, such a dominant force during the 1970s and early-1980s, led the 49ers 27-21 inside the final five minutes at Candlestick Park. But an 83-yard drive saw the 49ers march to the Cowboys’ 6-yard line with 58 seconds on the clock.
San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana took the snap, but his intended target, wide receiver Freddie Solomon, was covered by the Cowboys’ defence. A backpedalling Montana appeared certain to be sacked or forced out of bounds, before he threw an audacious high pass to the back of the end zone, which was spectacularly plucked out of the air by receiver Dwight Clark for the match-winner.
The unforgettable grab was a moment frozen in time and kick-started a 49ers dynasty. With Montana calling the shots, the franchise won its first Super Bowl in the ensuing clash with the Cincinnati Bengals, and won three more by the end of the decade – with the legendary Montana a three-time Super Bowl MVP.