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The Catch. In San Francisco, it means just one thing - Joe Montana's pass...Dwight Clark's leap...and the birth of a dynasty. The dramatic win over Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship Game became the team's, and the franchise's legacy -- but it's only part of the story. Bill Walsh's groundbreaking West Coast attack, and an upstart defense fueled a remarkable turnaround for a once moribund franchise. San Francisco went from 2-14 in Walsh's first year, to 6-10, to 13-3 in '81, when Clark's leap sent them to Super Bowl XVI to face the Cincinnati Bengals. Before the game, as the Niners sat mired in pre-game traffic, Walsh put his extra time to good use by designing new plays that would help defeat Cincinnati 26-21. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the Cinderella 49ers. From the first game to the hoisting of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, America's Game uses exclusive interviews from Clark, Ronnie Lott and Randy Cross to recount San Francisco's first Super Bowl championship.
The legendary Joe Montana starred in the San Francisco 49ers' incredible victory in the 1982 Super Bowl. This program in the NFL Americas Game series includes highlights from the game, interviews with key 49ers players, and footage from the entire football season.