Jan. 3, 1999 - On a dizzying day of drops, Terrell Owens called it his "redemption catch." With one huge play, T.O. overcame all of his misplays earlier in the day and lifted his 49ers to a 30-27 wild-card victory over Green Bay in San Francisco.
Trailing by four points with eight seconds left at the Packers' 25, the Niners sent Owens on a deep post pattern. He found a smidgeon of room down the middle and caught Steve Young's pass among four defenders for the winning touchdown. "One of the biggest catches in the organization's history," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci said.Owens had set up a Packers field goal with a first-quarter fumble and had dropped four passes. "I just knew I had to make a play for this team," he said.
And when he did, there was no usual Owens touchdown dance as he was buried by happy teammates. "At the bottom of the pile," he recalled, "I was just saying, 'Thank you, Jesus.' "
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