Originally written on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 1/14/12
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Many will take the Vernon Davis touchdown catch from Alex Smith with 14 seconds left in the San Francisco 49ers' divisional round win over the New Orleans Saints and compare it to "The Catch," the pass from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark that happened 30 years and a few days ago and started the Bill Walsh 49ers dynasty by propelling the franchise to its first Super Bowl. But Davis' incredible catch, coming as it did in the end zone with Saints defenders all over him, reminded this observer more of the catch Terrell Owens made in the 1998 wild-card win over the Green Bay Packers with a late pass from Steve Young. Just as the young Owens hugged his teammates and broke down in the emotion of the moment, Davis couldn't wait to get into the arms of first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh and let the tears flow. The emotion of the game, a 36-32 win by the 49ers, was magnified by a furious fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands five times in the last four minutes of the game. Despite five...
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