Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/29/15
It seemed only fitting that San Francisco 49ers icon Joe Montana threw Candlestick Park'slast touchdown pass in a "game" to former team owner Eddie DeBartolo as the Niners did something the notorious San Francisco Bay winds never could — blow out the last flicker of light on the beloved stadium.Montana rallied his team to down his All-Stars opponents, 45-40, in the Legends of Candlestick flag football game on Saturday night in a touching farewell to the concrete lady.In 2014 the 49ers will unveil Levi's Stadium, their spanking new home after 33 years in creaky, 54-year-old Candlestick.More than 25,000 fans were in attendance to say goodbye to Candlestick. The flag-football game that matched 49ers legends against past NFL All-Stars was the final salute to the team's glorious history in what was sadly becoming known as Candlestink. "It's a dream come true to get everybody back here," DeBartolo told the San Francisco Chronicle. "And have a fitting end to this stadium. It's a special place that has great, great memories for us that will last forever."RT @mercbrownie: Montana's game-winning pass to DeBartolo, wanted owner to be last person to score a TD @ 'The Stick. pic.twitter.com/AoY7cVCjqM— Anthony Ly (@AnthonyLy49) July 13, 2014Montana threw three touchdown passes while Steve Young rushed for a score. Jeff Garcia added two touchdowns, with one going to Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.After Montana's game-winning pass, DeBartolo was carried off the field by his team.
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