The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most famous teams in the NFL franchise and are certainly one of the best-known teams on the West Coast. …Last season might have been a bit rough, but this could be the year that the 49ers begin to turn things around and become a major powerhouse like they were in the 1980s. Opinion might be divided on whether or not Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are the best men to lead the team back to glory, but the odds look good. If you feel like taking that wager, take the time to find a reputable betting site in order to find the best NFL bets today. Let’s take a look at some of the top moments in 49ers history to get ready for what the future may hold.
Steve Young’s Halloween run
In a 1988 game against the Vikings that took place on Halloween, Steve Young made one of the most unbelievable touchdown runs in football history. Late in the fourth quarter and tailing the Vikings, Young saw an opportunity to fake a throw, dodge being sacked and take off running. He managed to run the 49 yards to the end zone, narrowly avoiding multiple tackles, and win the game for the 49ers. Watching the clip you’d think that there must have been some Halloween witchcraft at play, none of the Viking’s players can put a finger on Young, he slips through like a ghost!
Jerry Rice breaking the touchdown record
Jerry Rice is undoubtedly the all-time greatest wide receiver in NFL history. Bill Walsh was so impressed by the young Rice after seeing highlights of him playing that he traded the 49ers’ first two picks for the New England Patriots’ first-round choice, ensuring that no other teams could steal Rice out from under him. The best years of his career were spent with the 49ers and there are a number of great moments that we could have chosen for this list. In a single game in 1994, Rice tied and then broke the touchdown record previously set by Jim Brown. That he broke the record in a game against the Oakland Raiders where the 49ers stomped them 44-14, just made it all the sweeter.
Super Bowl XXIV
Known to some as the Super Blowout, Super Bowl XXIV in 1989 saw the 49ers absolutely thrash the Denver Broncos. The final score of 55-10 doesn’t even fully convey how completely the 49ers dominated the game. The combined talents of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice at their prime was too much for the Broncos, or really any team, to compete with. Montana was named MVP with 297 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Rice caught seven of Montana’s 22 completions and scored three touchdowns. There might not have been any suspense for fans, but the excitement of such a massive win must have been staggering. This victory shows why pundits still consider this 49ers postseason as one of the most dominant of all time.
The goal line stand
Long runs, beautiful passes and touchdowns are always impressive, but the offense shouldn’t get all the credit. Our fourth moment highlights the importance of having a strong defensive line that has the determination to keep holding no matter how rough it gets. The 49ers were leading 20-7 in the third quarter of Super Bowl XVI when the Cincinnati Bengals started picking up momentum and were poised to score with a 1st-and-Goal from the 3-yard line. They made it to the 1-yard line, but those last three feet proved an impossible distance when faced with the 49ers defensive line. Dan Bunz, Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds and Ronnie Lott repeatedly threw themselves into the fray and pushed the Bengals back. 'The goal line stand' provided the inspiration the team needed, and they went on to win their first Super Bowl.
'The catch' needs no introduction to be instantly recognizable to 49ers fans. It is possibly the most famous play in football history. In the last minute of the championship final against the Dallas Cowboys, Joe Montana threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Clark to win the game and secure their place in Super Bowl XVI. One of the most beautiful things about the pass is how easy they make it look — Montana seems unhurried even as the Cowboys’ players are closing in for the tackle and Clark gracefully leaps up to catch it as if he was all alone in the end zone. A play for the ages!