Garrison Hearst's 96 Yard TD Run in Overtime
In Week 1 of the 1998 season, the 49ers got off to a winning start – thanks to a fantastic individual run at the game’s conclusion. Playing the Jets on a sunny, 76-degree day at San Francisco’s 3Com Park in early September, the 49ers were ahead 30-27 when a Jets field goal tied the game at the end of regulation. With 11:09 left in overtime, the 49ers found themselves pushed back at their own 4. Running back Garrison Hearst took a handoff from QB Steve Young, busted through an immediate hole, broke a tackle at the 8, and headed upfield. At the 20, he encountered a Jets defender, whom he stiff-armed to the ground, then kept going down the right sideline while aided by a blocker. He broke another tackle and then outran the Jets defense before being tackled in the end zone for a 36-30 win. The 96-yard TD run would be the longest of Hearst’s career and that season would be the most productive of his 10-years in the league: he ran for 1,570 yards and made the Pro Bowl for the first time. The 49ers went 12-4 before losing in the Divisional playoffs.