"The Catch" Joe Montana TD Pass to Dwight Clark
"The Catch" Joe Montana TD Pass to Dwight Clark
January 10, 1982

"The Catch" Joe Montana TD Pass to Dwight Clark

"I will always believe Joe was throwing the ball away." - Ed 'Too Tall' Jones
Chris Harrison
by Chris Harrison

After four straight losing seasons, all the promise and hope of the 1981 San Francisco 49ers’ 13-3 season was in jeopardy in the final minute of the 1981 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park. Losing 27-21 to Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers faced a 3rd and 3 from the Dallas 6. Quarterback Joe Montana rolled back to his right, looking for receivers. Under pressure from three Cowboys while running out of room on the sideline, Montana double-clutched and then – off of one foot – lofted a pass deep into the end zone, intended for receiver Dwight Clark. To many, the ball appeared to be sailing out of bounds. Instead, the 6-foot-4 Clark leapt up and caught the ball inbounds for a 28-27 victory. Two weekends later, the 49ers won their first Super Bowl – the first of five titles during a late 20th century dynasty. "The Catch,” which had capped an 89-yard drive, established Montana’s reputation as a cool, clutch performer and was the defining moment of Clark’s career.

Chris Harrison
Chris Harrison is the host of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” the reality shows on ABC. He also has hosted the television game shows, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “You Deserve It.” A former sports reporter who was born and raised in Dallas, Harrison is a die-hard Cowboys fan. He has shown up at their games and at their training camp in California, and regularly discusses and praises the Cowboys in interviews and on social media.
Place of Birth:
Dallas, TX
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Dallas Cowboys