The play call was simple, but it will forever be remembered by the 49ers Faithful.
It hasn’t been a year since Alex Smith and Vernon Davis connected on their 14-yard, game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds of a 36-32 victory against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff round, but Davis’ catch is already up there with some of the greatest moments in 49ers history.
But is it better than The Catch?
The Catch (No. 1) and Vernon Post (No. 2) are currently the top two vote-getters in the Faithful fan polling of Candlestick Park’s greatest moments on FarewellCandlestick.com presented by SAP.
Want to make your voice heard? Friday marks the final day for the 49ers Faithful to rank their top 10 plays in Candlestick lore.
49ers center Jonathan Goodwin might be a little biased, but he knows who he would vote for.
“Got to go with Vernon’s,” Goodwin said.
The 49ers faced a 32-29 deficit with 1:37 left in a topsy-turvy game for the ages. But Smith and company quickly moved down the field, starting from their own 15-yard line before reaching the New Orleans 14 with just seconds to go. On a 3rd and 4 play, Davis ran a post route from the left side of the field and held on to the ball at the goal line despite a bruising hit from Saints safety Roman Harper.
Goodwin was one of the first players to greet Davis in the end zone, as the veteran lineman celebrated the imminent victory against his former team. Perhaps it’s no wonder why he picks Vernon Post over The Catch.
“A play like that to win the game?” Goodwin said. “To drive down the field like that and make a play, it was a great feeling, great moment for the team. Hard to put it in words.”
It was also a great moment for the fans. Here’s a video from Tom Stock capturing the Faithful’s reaction to Vernon Post.
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