January 10th, 1982 was a day that San Francisco 49ers fans won’t soon forget.
Same goes for the Dallas Cowboys.
It was 39 years ago today that Joe Montana and Dwight Clark pulled off the play commonly known as “The Catch,” a play that defined a franchise that started a run that saw the Niners win the Super Bowl that season in defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by another title in 1985 over the Miami Dolphins.
On this day 39 years ago, 𝑻𝒉𝒆 Catch. pic.twitter.com/adBtkvqtRP
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 10, 2021
The 49ers made the playoffs eight out of the next ten seasons, while Montana became a superstar and a TV spokesperson for a number of brands and a household name.
“The Catch” capped off one of the most exciting games in NFC Title game history, as the Niners won the game 28-27.
It was a 14-play, 83-yard drive engineered by Montana, and while everyone remembers the last play, it was complete with runs by Lenvil Elliott and a wide out reverse by Freddie Solomon.
While the game was the beginning of the start of something great for the Niners, it was just the opposite for the Cowboys, as they went the other way, as despite reaching the NFC Title game in a loss to the Washington Redskins the following year, they didn’t make another Super Bowl until 1992.
Dallas bottomed out in 1989, going 1–15 as they worked in top overall draft pick Troy Aikman.
As for the two teams, they would again do battle in the 1990’s as their rivalry would take center stage in more NFC Title games in 1992, 93 and 94.