In honor of the 49ers' final season at Candlestick Park, we invite you to vote on the team's Ten Most Unforgettable Moments there.
Below you will find a ballot of 20 Unforgettable Moments, as determined by a 28-member panel of sports department staffers in the Bay Area News Group, in chronological order. Vote for the 10 most unforgettable.
The fans' Top 10 -- as well as ours -- will be revealed in a countdown that begins in mid-October.
THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS IN 49ers HISTORY AT CANDLESTICK PARK
HEARTBREAK IN '72 (Dec. 23, 1972)
In the second-ever playoff game at Candlestick, the 49ers hold 28-13 lead entering fourth quarter against Dallas -- and lose 30-28. After a Roger Staubach TD pass cuts lead to 28-23 with 80 seconds to play, 49ers Preston Riley mishandles onside kick. Another Staubach TD pass with 52 seconds left means doomsday.
THE GREATEST COMEBACK (Dec. 7, 1980)
Trailing 35-7 at halftime, Joe Montana, in his sixth start as a pro, leads 49ers to 38-35 overtime victory, the biggest comeback in NFL history to that point.
THE CATCH (Jan. 10, 1982)
Joe Montana to Dwight Clark. 49ers 28, Cowboys 27. Super Bowl, here we come.
JERRY RICE INTRODUCES HIMSELF (Dec. 9, 1985)
After struggling through the first 12 games of his rookie season, Rice busts loose on "Monday Night Football" with 10 catches for 241 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Rams. Rice's previous best was four catches for 67 yards.
SACK ATTACK (Jan. 6, 1985)
The 49ers advance to Super Bowl with 23-0 rout of Chicago in which they record nine sacks.
JOE RETURNS, ACT I (Nov. 9, 1986)
Sidelined for eight weeks after back surgery, Joe Montana returns to lead 43-17 rout of St. Louis Cardinals.
MAJOR UPSET (Jan. 9, 1988)
Roaring into the playoffs with a 13-2 record, the 49ers are routed 36-24 by Anthony Carter and the Minnesota Vikings. Montana is benched by Bill Walsh for first time, starting QB controversy that reigns over the next four years. Walsh is nearly sacked by owner Eddie DeBartolo, setting in motion the former's decision to retire the following season. Oh, and it was Dwight Clark's final game.
STEVE YOUNG'S CRAZY RUN (Oct. 30, 1988)
Steve Young's winding, stumbling 49-yard TD run with 1:58 to play gives the 49ers a 24-21 win over Minnesota.
RAM TOUGH (Jan. 14, 1990)
In one of the most dominant playoff performances ever at Candlestick, the 49ers beat the Rams 30-3 in the NFC championship game. The game is marked by two memorable plays: Ronnie Lott sprinting the width of the field to bat away a sure TD pass to Flipper Anderson, and Rams quarterback Jim Everett taking a sack with nobody near him.
CLASH OF TITANS (Dec. 3, 1990)
In a Monday night clash of 10-1 teams, the 49ers beat the Giants 7-3. Ronnie Lott delivers a trademark hit on Mark Bavaro and then, uncharacteristically, gets in the face of Phil Simms at the final gun.
GIANT HEARTBREAK (Jan. 20, 1991)
With the 49ers leading 13-12 and three minutes away from their third consecutive trip to Super Bowl, Roger Craig fumbles at the N.Y. 40. The Giants drive into field goal range and deliver devastation.
JERRY RICE SETS TOUCHDOWN RECORD (Sept. 5, 1994)
Jerry Rice scores three TDs to pass Jim Brown for No. 1 all time in a 44-14 rout of Raiders in a Monday night season opener. Rice had been pulled from the game, as had Steve Young, with the 49ers leading 37-14, but they convinced George Seifert to let them return for one play so Jerry could set the record on MNF with his 127th TD.
STEVE YOUNG'S VICTORY LAP (Jan. 15, 1995)
In the 49ers' first NFC Championship game victory without Joe Montana, Steve Young stars in a 38-28 victory over Dallas and marks the occasion with a postgame victory lap around the field.
THE RETURN OF JERRY, AND JOE (Dec. 15, 1997)
Jerry Rice returns from a knee injury and scores a touchdown in a 34-17 MNF win over Denver on the same night the team retired Joe Montana's No. 16 jersey in a halftime ceremony.
THE CATCH II (Jan. 3, 1999)
Terrell Owens hauls in a goal line bullet from Steve Young with 0:03 on the clock for 30-27 victory over Green Bay in wild-card playoff game. Owens runs to the sidelines in tears and hugs coach Steve Mariucci.
T.O. STEALS SHOW IN RICE'S FAREWELL (Dec. 17, 2000)
Terrell Owens sets NFL record with 20 receptions (for 283 yards), overshadowing Jerry Rice's final 49ers home game, a 17-0 victory over Chicago.
GIGANTIC COMEBACK (Jan. 5, 2003)
Trailing 38-14 late in the third quarter of a wild-card game against New York Giants, the 49ers stage one of their greatest, and most improbable, comebacks to win 39-38.
THE CATCH III (Jan. 14, 2012)
Vernon Davis' end-zone catch with 0:09 to play beats New Orleans 36-32 and sends 49ers to NFC Championship game for first time in 14 years. After the touchdown -- the teams combined to score four in the final four minutes -- Davis runs to the sideline in tears and hugs coach Jim Harbaugh.
ANOTHER GIANT HEARTBREAK (Jan. 22, 2012)
Two late turnovers by punt returner Kyle Williams result in a 20-17 overtime loss to New York Giants and deny the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl.
COLIN KAEPERNICK, SUPERMAN (Jan. 12, 2013)
The second-year quarterback, in his first playoff start and eighth overall, runs for an NFL-quarterback-record 181 yards to lead the 49ers into the NFC title game with a 45-31 rout of Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers.