Brian Jennings is the lone 49ers player left from San Francisco’s 2002 squad. It’s worth noting because the two-time Pro Bowl long snapper is the sole leftover from one of the greatest moments in Candlestick Park’s history, the team’s 39-38 epic comeback win over the New York Giants in the NFC’s Wild Card Playoffs.
The game dubbed, “Giant Comeback” is one of several Candlestick Park moments being voted on this month by the team’s Faithful fans. The 49ers are looking for the Greatest Candlestick Park Moments at FarewellCandlestick.com, a voting site presented by SAP.
“It was big for us at the time to do that with that group of players,” Jennings recalled of the amazing come-from-behind win over the Giants.
Other than the game’s frantic ending which included a non-pass interference call on the 49ers and an errant field goal snap on the last play of the game, Jennings remembered the calm atmosphere on the home sideline that day.
“We were losing, but nobody on our team thought we were out of it,” Jennings said, despite facing a 38-14 disadvantage. “It was a weird situation where it didn’t seem to be going our way, but it didn’t bother us.”
With Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia making clutch plays and Bryant Young and the 49ers defense forcing New York to much-needed punts in the second half, San Francisco rallied with 25-unanswered points to win the playoff game, before losing the next week to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“When we started coming, we kept going,” Jennings said of the comeback rally. “It was a weird situation where we were getting beat soundly, but it didn’t bother us. It almost seemed like a natural order – this is the way it’s supposed to go.”
In all of Jennings’ 205 career games, the wild win over New York stands out as one of the best moments in his playing career.
“I think that was one of the bigger games we had played there,” Jennings said. “It was exciting, a fun game to be a part of. It was early in my career, exciting, big-game and I got to be Jeremy Shockey that week in practice.”
Jennings also received a game ball for his Shockey impersonations that week of practice.
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