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(Pro Football Mock)   Alternate Universe Update: Dwight Clark, Joe Montana still regret "The Catch that almost was"   (profootballmock.com) divider line 11
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2012-11-02 04:06:45 PM
Fed up with the franchise's losing mentality, Rice forced the team to trade him to Buffalo in 1990, where he would team with Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, and Thurman Thomas to win four straight Super Bowls during the 1990′s.

Wait. Where do I sign up for this alternate universe? That would have been so awesome.
 
2012-11-02 04:36:46 PM
If only it were true...
 
2012-11-02 04:47:32 PM
I didn't say Montana, I said Montainya!
 
2012-11-02 04:49:50 PM
That's not a catch, this is a catch

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2012-11-02 04:51:56 PM

hbk72777: That's not a catch, this is a catch

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That's not a not catch, this is a not catch

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2012-11-02 04:56:22 PM
Patriots fans have a few catches that almost were (or were not).
 
2012-11-02 05:25:12 PM
disgruntled cowboy fan wankery.
 
2012-11-02 05:46:46 PM
Falcons fan checking in just to curse Gary Anderson and his game winning FG in 1998.

/not much else to brag about
//perhaps this year?
 
2012-11-03 12:17:35 AM
Stupid. This was the 49ers' record in the years leading up to the Catch:

'78: 2-14
'79: 2-14 (Walsh's first year)
'80: 6-10
'81: 13-3, Clark makes the Catch, Niners beat Bengals in the Super Bowl.

So if they'd lost the conference championship, that would have somehow destroyed their confidence ever afterwards? Hell no. They were a terrible team turning into a good team and they knew it. If they'd lost the NFC championship maybe they would have been fired up enough and motivated enough not to go 3-6 in 1982. That's a lot more likely than the scenario sketched in the article -- which was lamely written anyway.

/No, I'm not much fun at parties.
 
2012-11-03 02:36:14 AM
After a disastrous 3-13 season in 1988, with the 49ers' only bright spot coming in rookie wide receiver Michael Irvin, things couldn't be worse, especially after team owner Eddie DeBartolo was forced to sell the team after his part in the "Shopping Mall Scandals". The new owner, Jerry Jones, quickly fired George Seifert and brought in a new man in University of Miami powerhouse Jimmy Johnson. Though the team struggled in the 1989 season under rookie quarterback Troy Aikman, it would slowly improve with key draft additions, including Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, and Dana Stubblefield. By the time 1993 rolled around, the 49ers were back in the Super Bowl again, only to become the third of four victims to the legendary Jim Kelly-Jerry Rice tandem of the Buffalo Bills. This created enough friction for Jones to fire Johnson and bring in Barry Switzer, who would bring the 49ers to the top of the football world just two years later, going 14-2 and cruising through the playoffs, beating the Cleveland Browns 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. Switzer, jubilant in his victory, summarized his team in those four immortal words, "HOW 'BOUT THEM NINERS?!?"
 
2012-11-03 10:14:53 AM

keypusher: Stupid. This was the 49ers' record in the years leading up to the Catch:

'78: 2-14
'79: 2-14 (Walsh's first year)
'80: 6-10
'81: 13-3, Clark makes the Catch, Niners beat Bengals in the Super Bowl.

So if they'd lost the conference championship, that would have somehow destroyed their confidence ever afterwards? Hell no. They were a terrible team turning into a good team and they knew it. If they'd lost the NFC championship maybe they would have been fired up enough and motivated enough not to go 3-6 in 1982. That's a lot more likely than the scenario sketched in the article -- which was lamely written anyway.


You know what other team really sucked, then had a mediocre season and then went 13-3 and DID lose the conference championship game? THIS YEAR'S NINERS. Aw sh*t.

/also, '82 was a strike year, so it doesn't really count as much anyway.
 
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