Joe Montana documentary deals with ‘The Catch’ on 40th anniversary

Sunday’s playoff-cleaning return certainly evoked memories of the 49ers’ cherished history.


His next opponent should definitely be there.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the 49ers of “The Catch,” Dwight Clark’s iconic touchdown from a Montana throw that beat the Dallas Cowboys—this Sunday’s wild-card opponent.


Wanna live it again?

The team’s NFC Championship Game win of 1981, namely, Sunday’s 27-24 overtime win at the Los Angeles Rams, has all the respect.


“Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure” documentary streaming on Peacock TV. Episode 2 offers up poignant anecdotes from not only Montana and Clark but an up-and-coming coach named Bill Walsh.

Not only does Walsh rehearse the game-winning call “sprint right option”, but the Cowboys’ trash talk is shown leading up to their playoff rematch.

“This goddamn Dallas team, they can’t keep their mouth shut, you know?” Walsh says in a grainy video in front of the whiteboard during a team meeting. “They always like to make press releases out of Dallas that they’re going to kick someone’s ass, and they are again.


“I’m sick of them. I hope you guys feel the same way I am.”

Montana certainly did, and he recalled during the documentary how, after mocking Ed “Too Tall” Jones and completing a midfield pass to Clark, Montana turned to Jones and said: “Its respect (disrespectful).”

Joe Montana poses with a statue of himself unveiled at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, October 21, 2018. Statue couple portraying Dwight Clark “The Catch”, the couple’s iconic touchdown play from 1982. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area Newsgroup)


Of course, Montana dropped Jones and two other Cowboys in the final minute to launch a third-down, 6-yard touchdown pass to Clarke, with 51 seconds left in their 28-27 win at Candlestick Park—a young man with his mother. In Upper Deck with Tom Brady.

“You guys earn it and deserve it, because you’re the best team in football,” owner Eddie DeBartolo said in Happiness’s locker room, according to the Montana documentary. “I’m proud of you. I don’t think there’s anything above that. Anything in my life. And I love you all, and I thank you.”