Found January 14, 2012 on Niner Insider:
(01-14) 20:18 PST SAN FRANCISCO - The heir to "The Catch" deserves a stronger nickname than any the 49ers could dream up on Saturday night. "The Throw?" coach Jim Harbaugh ventured. "The Throw and Catch?" "The Grab," offered Vernon Davis, the man who pulled the game-winner into the end...

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