No Stopping Bavaro vs. the 49ers on MNF
On the first evening of December in 1986, in a Monday Night Football game versus the 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Giants tight end Mark Bavaro provided a highlight that Giants fans would recall fondly for years. The Giants, whose record was 10-2, trailed 17-0 at halftime against the 7-4-1 49ers. But near the outset of the second half, on a second down and 10 from the 50, Giants QB Phil Simms dropped back and threw a ball into the middle of the field, which Bavaro – the second-year tight end from Notre Dame – caught at the 49ers 40. He headed upfield and was hit and then surrounded at the San Francisco 35. Bavaro plowed through two defenders, dragged Ronnie Lott, the 49ers’ Hall of Famer, for 10 more yards, and then fought a scrum of defenders for several more yards before being forced down inside the 20. The Giants would score 21 unanswered points to win; for the game, Bavaro caught seven passes for 98 yards. He’d go on to catch 66 passes for 1,001 yards and make the Pro Bowl in a dominant Giants season that ended with a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl championship.