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Football is back. We can all let out a sigh of relief. The preseason was lost, but the regular season was not delayed due to, well, everything going on in the world right now.
Unfortunately though, due to COVID-19 concerns, fans will not be allowed in Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers’ home opener against the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. There will however be cardboard cutouts of participating fans in the stands.
What there also needs to be in the stands are cardboard cutouts of historic moments in 49ers history. There are so many that could be strewn all over the stadium, so let’s take a look at some top candidates.
The Pick at the Stick
One whole section should be dedicated to “The Pick at the Stick,” the famous game-clinching play during the final game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers had their backs against their own end zone, up by only three, with less than two minutes on the clock. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass from the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and ran it all the way back for a touchdown, clinching the game and sealing the fate of the final game at Candlestick.
To honor this moment a whole section of Bowman cardboard cutouts needs to be placed strategically all the way across a section. Each motion that Bowman made needs to be immortalized in its own cardboard cutout. That way if you look quickly from left to right, it will animate itself and feel like you are re-watching that magical play.
The Catch II
Another key moment that needs to be immortalized by cardboard cutouts is the game-winning touchdown from the 1998 NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers, fondly called “The Catch II.”
In that game, with the 49ers trailing 27-23 with three seconds left, wide receiver Terrell Owens caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Steve Young while getting jammed by two Green Bay defenders. They would go onto win the game 30-27.
In this situation Young’s cutout needs to be placed at the front of the section in the throwing motion facing the back of the section. Owens’ cutout needs to be placed in the very last row of the section in the catching motion.
It doesn’t really matter who those Packers defenders were that tried to stop Owens on that play, so any green and yellow cardboard cutouts will be fined if draped around him.
I would be absolutely remiss to not include, in this hypothetical situation, arguably the greatest play of 49ers history, “The Catch.”
The game was the 1981 NFC Championship game, against the Dallas Cowboys. The play was called the Sprint Right Option.
Quarterback Joe Montana rolled to the right and hit wide receiver Dwight Clark, who made a fingertip-grabbing touchdown catch to put the 49ers up (after the PAT) 28-27 with 51 seconds left in the game. The 49ers would go onto to win that game and the Super Bowl next, and well the rest is history.
To fully immortalize this play there needs to be at least four to five Montana cutouts all along the front of a section, displaying each image in his roll to the right. There also needs to be four to five Clark cutouts along the back of the section to fully animate the route he ran.
As far as the Dallas defenders that were present during that play, no need to have any cutouts of them. Because Montana and Clark pulled off that play to perfection as though none of them were out there.
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