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“The Catch” Cowboys vs. 49ers 1981 NFC Championship | NFL Full Game

August 27, 2019


  • Reply NFL September 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    5:40 49ers Sack Danny White on 3rd Down

    11:30 Joe Montana 8-yard TD Pass to F. Solomon

    21:39 R. Septien 44-yard Field Goal

    26:13 Danny White 26-yard TD Pass to Tony Hill

    37:40 Montana Avoids Sack Then Launches Deep Throw

    40:18 Montana Picked Off by Walls

    46:08 Montana 20-yard TD Pass to Dwight Clark

    55:28 Tony Dorsett 5-yard TD Run

    58:56 Montana Sacked on Third Down by Too Tall Jones

    59:55 Cowboys Fumble Punt, 49ers Recover

    1:03:48 Montana Sack Stripped, Cowboys Recover

    1:06:17 Danny White Sacked on Third Down

    1:23:24 Montana Intercepted by Randy White

    1:24:59 Danny White Picked Off by B. Leopold

    1:30:01 Johny Davis 2-yard TD Run

    1:41:30 49ers Stop Cowboys on 3rd Down Inside the 10-yard line

    1:42:28 R. Septien 22-yard Field Goal

    1:45:23 49ers Fumble, Cowboys Recover

    1:48:43 Danny White 21-yard TD Pass to D. Cosbie

    1:52:05 Montana Picked Off by Walls

    2:00:52 Start of Montana Game-Winning Drive

    2:09:45 “The Catch”

    2:13:11 Start of Cowboys Final Drive

    2:13:30 Drew Pearson Almost Breaks Free for the Touchdown

    2:14:47 Danny White Sack Stripped, 49ers Recover

    2:16:50 49ers Celebration

  • Reply Shawn Robinson November 2, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I would love for the NFL to do this again.

  • Reply wdw9298 November 3, 2018 at 8:33 am

    This is one of the best games ever.

  • Reply Jim Measel November 7, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Allow me to open this debate…White's fumble with :30 left. Tuck rule??

  • Reply Jim Measel November 7, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Hank Stram on the winning TD would have called for 65 Toss Power Trap.

  • Reply EULISS BENOIT November 10, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    i had just became a cowboys fan then.i was 12 or 13 years old.that lost hurt me so took me months to get over it

  • Reply Eric Martens November 11, 2018 at 3:34 am

    This game was certainly much warmer than the game earlier that day in Cincinnati

  • Reply UnleashTheGreen November 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    growing up i remember a lot of people used to say Dorsett was overrated. i never understood that, all he used to do was gain yards.

  • Reply UnleashTheGreen November 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    in today's game 49ers lose. horse collar tackle illegal today, penalty = dallas in FG range. White was tucking the ball so no fumble with today's instant replay (horseshit rule IMO anyway but still).

  • Reply Robert Saiz November 16, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Hank Stram….being from the AFL and having to deal with the demeaning rhetoric from the NFL while coaching the Chiefs…. certainly does and about face in this game. He is FULL of pro Cow Poke bullshit. Making excuses for Cowboy miscues, discounting 9er achievements. Makes me want to barf! Both of the announcers let you know who they think is best. I watched this game back then and reveled in the 9er victory……and I'm from Texas! I was fed up with cowboy arrogance.

  • Reply El Omon November 16, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Everson Walls could not have gotten up that high if he wanted..The CATCH

  • Reply Dave Garofalo November 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    2:15:00 looks like White's arm is moving forward 😉

  • Reply David Fisher November 24, 2018 at 5:28 am

    RIP Bill Walsh

  • Reply Del Price November 25, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Always thought officiating bias helping Dallas because of their status at the time.

  • Reply Tim Bell November 26, 2018 at 3:31 am

    The catch is Eric Wright pulling down Pearson. Biggest play in 49ers history.

  • Reply Aaron Everidge November 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I was at that game

  • Reply altfactor November 26, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I was surprised Pat Summerall and John Madden didn't do this game.

    Today, a network wouldn't send it's "number two" NFL commentary tandem to do an AFC or NFC conference championship game (unless one of both announcers on their "number one" announcing tandem was ill and unable to do the game).

  • Reply PorkFrog December 4, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    oh was Hank Stram good

  • Reply Mark Saguindel December 6, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    F'in ads

  • Reply Joe Mamma December 14, 2018 at 2:56 am

    time traveler with a cell phone at 11:39? or just a man with a radio listening to the game?

  • Reply MadAnthonyToronado December 18, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Possibly the greatest game in NFL history. Hard hitting, superior play all around. Besides the play, story of the day was the incredible performance by the 49er defense faced with 6 turnovers!

  • Reply ChristianCentury2000 December 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Fond memories… nostalgia. I was just 13. Arcade, ATARI, Rubik’s cube and digital watches… were the new trend. This was Joe Montana’s third year in pro football. Not many thought that San Francisco would win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the 1981-82 NFL season. As a Seahawks fan, I was so happy that they did win. San Francisco was the nearest pro football team. I became a Seahawk/49ers fan in the 1980s.

  • Reply beachlover December 24, 2018 at 3:45 am

    2:06:27 ol school 5

  • Reply Star Blazers December 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Isn't this really the 1982 NFC Championship game? January 10, 1982

  • Reply thekidfrombroward December 28, 2018 at 3:44 pm


  • Reply JohnRamirez007 January 12, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Watching that game live on tv as a young teenager living in the Bay Area as “The Catch” happened was euphoria enough! To actually have been in Candlestick at that moment must have been beyond words!!

  • Reply Jason Lewis January 13, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    On that final drive, Lenvil Eliot doesn't get the credit he deserves. That was a yeoman's effort on the ground from him.

  • Reply 116cowboy January 14, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    today eric wrights tackle would of been called a horse collar

  • Reply Marty Taylor January 18, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Clark didnt make no great catch

  • Reply Four Sword January 21, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Have ads! But PLEASE place the ad that comes RIGHT after Clarks makes "The Catch" somewhere else? Maybe after the extra point? That is really insulting to viewers and completely kills the moment.

  • Reply Keith Clark January 24, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Danny White loses the ball before he's hit by 49ers defensive lineman as he attempts to throw the ball and bring his arm back. TUCK RULE

  • Reply Chris Tully January 29, 2019 at 6:19 am

    First time watching this game. Ronnie Lott 100% has that pick I thought 52:37

  • Reply todd long February 1, 2019 at 3:16 pm


  • Reply White Fang February 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    How the hell is Clark not in the hall of fame.

  • Reply a1612 February 6, 2019 at 12:27 am

    The call against Lott was a bad call. The defender has a right to go for the ball which he clearly did. He never touched the receiver and looked back to locate the ball. Bad bad call. Hank Stramm knew it was a lousy call

  • Reply Michael Lubin February 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Dan White really was not a popular name in San Francisco in those days.

  • Reply Rocco Ross February 13, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Montana is way better than brady

  • Reply John Hud007 February 14, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Scully was pissed when CBS named Summerall as their big game announcer in 1983 and went back to baseball only for the rest of his career.
    While with CBS he even did the Masters

  • Reply MrCocoMocoLoco2 February 15, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Bb emulated everything Walsh did. Besides the way the td was scored in the end (obviously), they ran very similar plays.

  • Reply chris orr February 16, 2019 at 7:55 am

    A birth of a dynasty(SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS)

  • Reply Fan Made Videos February 22, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Correct me if I'm wrong but Tom Brady was at this game with his parents.

  • Reply Paul Marrujo February 23, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Crazy to remember Danny White, the starting QB, also doing the punting. Also alot of important first string players playing on special teams back in the day.

  • Reply Robert Mission February 24, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Hank Stram looks so obvious that he's wearing a Hairpiece!

  • Reply DanielSong39 February 25, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Vin Scully, the Bo Jackson of broadcasters – Vin knows football! Vin knows baseball! Vin knows golf!

  • Reply Scott Aznavourian March 1, 2019 at 8:02 am

    The greatest quarterbsck of all time was in the stadium that day…he waa a 4 year old in the stands

  • Reply b5ranger001 March 1, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    49ers v Cowboys, best match up in the NFL.

  • Reply Lonny Bustamante March 1, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    This games of the 80's and 70s had had alot drama and exicitement to them unlike these game today that don't even compare.

  • Reply Lonny Bustamante March 2, 2019 at 5:23 am

    This game brings back good memories I was eleven years old there was a bunch of kids at school who were cowboy fans cocky arrogant kids who would always brag about who good there team was .I felt so happy in school the next day since that time Joe Montana became one of my favorite quarter backs.

  • Reply Lonny Bustamante March 2, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    People giving thumbs down u don't fool I know u all cowboy fans on this day the greatest team won a legend named Joe Montana was born.

  • Reply Heather Mckibbin March 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Cowboys gave this game away

  • Reply Joseph Coburn March 14, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Wasn't that a horsecollar tackle

  • Reply Richard Morris March 23, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    2great teams on a beautiful day in San Francisco. the outcome was great & I'll say it,it seems like yesterday.

  • Reply Caelroigh Blunt March 27, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    The interference against Ronnie Lott late in the 2nd quarter makes one wonder how much Dallas was paying the back judge…

  • Reply Charles Moore April 2, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Terrible NON CALL on the Lott interception.

  • Reply Charles Moore April 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    ronnie was pissed. The refs were horrible.

  • Reply Charles Moore April 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Montana is so great. Look how often he was under heavy pressure and delivered the ball. Dang!

  • Reply Devin Jerry April 4, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Dwight Clark played this game with the flu too

  • Reply Michael Lubin April 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    A pure treat to watch. The Cowboys were ARROGANT. They did NOT expect to lose this game. I don't think the refs did either.

  • Reply TBExjonny April 29, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Upstart 49ers. Reminds me a lot of how we can be the upstart 49ers once again.

  • Reply Mario Gonzales May 4, 2019 at 2:50 am

    The Cowboys made a huge mistake by sticking with the nickel defense, throughout the final drive. A frustrated Charlie Waters passionately questioned Ernie Stautner, about it, on the sidelines during a time-out, which almost led to a heated confrontation. Stautner had pulled regular starting linebackers Mike Hegman, DD Lewis, and Bob Breunig (a pro bowler) out of the game, and inserted the smaller but speedy LB Anthony Dickerson and DB Benny Barnes (both were backup role players). Bill Walsh countered by using Linvil Elliot to run all over them, given that the other DB's (Ron Fellows and Dennis Thurman) were already seen as small, anyways. Stautner was so stubborn, that he never adjusted, until the final play of the drive, when it was already too late. The rest is history.

  • Reply After Asteroid Survivor May 4, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Brady was in the crowd like a fan.

  • Reply Paul Battifora May 4, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for uploading.
    Btw Hank Stram's toupee is terrible! 🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply George Washington May 6, 2019 at 2:12 am

    I love these old games from the 80's. So many classics were played, such as this game which I watched at the age of 12. I rooted for the 49ers. It was a time when football was football, team rivalries was very intense as was loyalties by players to their teams and vice versa. This was also my growing up years so this time frame has alot of nostalgia and a sentimental place in my heart. My team was the Steelers and I am old enough to remember how they were old and they were faltering, especially in 1980 and 1981, saw them be contenders from '82-84, watch them collapse in '85-88 and make one more playoff run in '89, Chuck Noll's last playoff team. Sometimes, I wish I could go back to those days. 😢

  • Reply ?????? May 14, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    The Niners turned the ball over 6 times and still won. Has a team ever turned the ball over 6 times and won a playoff game before?

  • Reply generationll May 18, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Both Bill Walsh & Joe Gibbs beat Landry on their way to their first super bowl wins.Landry was also 2-4 vs Bill Walsh.Landry started out 2-0 vs Walsh only to lose in 81,this game,83 & 85 to go 2-4.

  • Reply Scott Farmer May 28, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I heard somewhere that the reason why Joe Montana ran off the field at the end of the game was because he was afraid that someone from the stands was gonna shoot him. He had been receiving death treats all week leading up to the game. I guess security at NFL games wasn't that great in the early 80s.

  • Reply Eddie Cater June 2, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Joe Montana, I still say is the best QB ever.

  • Reply Nan Mooney June 4, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    2:09:27 the catch

  • Reply Paulie Ct June 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    This game and the San Diego/Miami game in an eight day span—great stuff.

  • Reply deadeye June 9, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Great, great game! I had forgotten about all the turnovers. There were a total of 9, wow!

  • Reply Nan Mooney June 9, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    2:10:04 the catch

  • Reply Mark B Fensler June 11, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Initially I had reservations about Vin Scully calling the game as he is known more for baseball but I was so wrong. Vin and Hank were spectacular. Jack Buck and Pat Summerall did the radio play by play. Such legends! Back then they didn't have to scream all the time like they do now. Dwight Clark was taller than Everson Walls so there was no way to defend against "the Catch". Now 37 1/2 years in the past & I never get tired of this.

  • Reply 1018miamidrive June 19, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Dallas was no longer Doomsday. They lost the game because they couldn't make stops. If Dallas Doomsday was what it was in 1970's they win. Kudos to 49er's they executed to perfection. That tackle just getting Pearson was what truly saved this for 49er's. 49er's defense made plays and Dallas' didn't.

  • Reply gary robinson June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I can’t believe how little they used Dorsett in this game.

  • Reply Spencer Pearson June 22, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Hate the 49ers

  • Reply Cory Reeves June 24, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Saw tis om California

  • Reply Steven Miller June 26, 2019 at 2:19 am

    That Montana pass at 2:06:35 is sick.

  • Reply Michael Banaszak June 26, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Why did Tom Landry have Danny White under center during that final drive, instead of the Shotgun formation?

  • Reply bernie udo June 30, 2019 at 3:48 am

    This was the SB. 🇺🇸

  • Reply Kenneth Futch July 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm


  • Reply The Die Hard Arkansas Razorbacks Fan!! July 1, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    RIP Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon

  • Reply crumbite July 4, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Little did the know a kid named tom Brady was in the stands saying to himself, I can beat that

  • Reply battlestarmarc July 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    One of the best games ever.
    Montana is the best ever.
    He played in a much tougher era and didn't have the quarterback protection rules.

    Plus, the patriots seem to have all the close calls go there way. Payoffs ???

  • Reply RJ30090 AND-three_quarters July 12, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    0:02 it's says 54 degrees
    58 DEGREES

  • Reply J Matteson July 16, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    52:32 — Worst interference call EVER!

  • Reply RJ30090 AND-three_quarters July 21, 2019 at 1:32 am


  • Reply Kannabis Zativa July 21, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    … bad game of Montana, but SF won.

  • Reply Daryl Wilson July 24, 2019 at 2:34 am

    This is coming from a Dallas Cowboy fan. Horrendous call against Lott near the end zone. If anything, it should have been OPI against Drew Pearson.

  • Reply Janita Quinn July 27, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Danny was never gonna win a NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. He was nothing more than a back up

  • Reply Tim Tate July 28, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    To this day the cowboys still think Joe was throwing the ball out of bounds

  • Reply Joshua Lovehall July 28, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I was 11 years old.

  • Reply Richard V July 29, 2019 at 10:54 am

    The P I call against Lott when he made the interception was sickening . Horrible call by this Cowboy official ! Very glad to see him and his beloved cowboys beaten with victory so close .

  • Reply CedarSummit July 30, 2019 at 10:00 am

    No one ever comments on the AUDIO of The Catch. 2:10:04 Listen to the crowd's shrill burst as Clark catches Montana's pass. Chilling. That sound signaled a new era in NFL history.

  • Reply John Pottorgg July 31, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Dwight Clark pulled Montana out of the fire. No one will ever convince me that Montana wasn't throwing the ball away

  • Reply thegorn68 August 7, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Man, what a change of history 2:13:33 would've been if the Horse Collar rule existed. Add 15 yards to the end of that play and they are in Septien's FG range already. Can you imagine the change in history in only 38 seconds left? LOL! Especially for Danny White's legacy because I have no doubt that Dallas would have beaten the Bengals in the Super Bowl that year. Also, White fumbles on the next play but the "Tuck Rule" would have prevented that one too. Interesting to ponder an alternative future.

  • Reply CyrustheWolf OWO August 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Trevor Lawrence is the next Joe Montana! Lucky #16!!!

  • Reply Ediancley Costa August 10, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Old school football, the best

  • Reply Anthony Galaz August 17, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Great seeing Vin Scully calling an NFL game

  • Reply taylor trash August 23, 2019 at 8:55 am

    i cant believe this quality is so great. what a great upload.

  • Reply Never Sober August 26, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Ham Stram be looking like a bootlegger from the 20s

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