clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

49ers Highlights: What Are The Most Underrated Highlights In Franchise History?

The San Francisco 49ers have a long and storied history featuring a whole host of great plays. Since the dawn of their Super Bowl dynasty, the highlights have come fast and furious. As we all know, some of these plays are among the most famous in not just 49ers history, but NFL history.

The Catch was the signature play of that dynastic era, considered to a sort of "start" to the dynasty. Joe Montana to John Taylor clinched a Super Bowl victory. The Catch II saw Terrell Owens overcome a day of struggles to make the game-winning catch against the Green Bay Packers. The Catch III (or whatever you elect to call it) saw Alex Smith connect with Vernon Davis on a game-winning touchdown pass to knock off the New Orleans Saints last season.

However, there are other notable highlights that get some play, but get overshadowed at times. The most notable in my mind has to be Garrison Hearst's 96-yard run in overtime to defeat the New York Jets in the 1998 season opener. As I recall reading a while back, this play was actually the same play in which Roger Craig fumbled the ball in the NFC title game against the New York Giants. I can't find the link now, but I recall reading that the team had not used this particular play since the fumble.

Any other suggestions for the more underrated highlights in 49ers history?