On Thursday, we asked, “when did you know you were a San Francisco 49ers fan?” What makes these questions fascinating is that you can ask ten different people and get ten different answers. Today we’re back with more nostalgia.
Jerry Rice was playing his final game as a 49er in 2000 Week 17 against the Bears. If he is one of your idols, you may have wanted to see his last performance.
The late 90’s offense with Steve Young, Garrison Hearst, and the trio of Rice, Terrell Owens, and J.J. Stokes was superb. The dozens and dozens of games they lit opposing defenses up. I would have loved to see how fast Hearst was in person.
For the younger fans, perhaps your first exposure to Niners was in the early 2000s. The 2003 NFC Wild Card game when Jeff Garcia led the 49ers back from a 38-14 deficit over the New York Giants would have been a great game to be at. Not at first. That was the game where there was a distinct defensive pass interference call on San Francisco that wasn’t flagged.
There’s the “Pick at the Stick.” There’s “The Catch,” parts one, two, and three.
Those are just some of the more popular games. You may have wanted to be in the building for one of Fran Gores 200-yard performances. There are so many options. The 2011 Divisional round game is still one of the most exciting games this decade. Recency bias might lead a lot of you to say that game.
Knowing all of the options, what is your pick? If you’re a true pessimist, it doesn’t have to be a positive outcome.