In one triumphant afternoon, playoff first-timer Alex Smith joined a pair of 49ers Hall of Fame quarterbacks with his own indelible postseason moment.
Joe Montana had “The Catch.” Steve Young had “The Catch II.” Now, Alex Smith added another epic play to the 49ers’ storied history: “The Grab.”, also know as “The Catch III.”.
Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees had put the high-powered Saints ahead, and resurgent San Francisco capitalized on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory Saturday.
"You’ve got to call it ‘The Grab,’ " Davis said of his play. "We were down. I had to make it happen to take my teammates where we want to go."
What a way to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of “The Catch.”
Montana to Clark then Young to Owens and then Smith to Davis now.
The Catch I (Montana To Clark) - January 10th, 1982
- San Francisco 49ers - 28
- Dallas Cowboys - 27
The Catch II (Young To Owens) - January 3rd, 1999
- San Francisco 49ers - 30
- Green Bay Packers - 27
The Catch III (Smith to Davis) - January 15th, 2012
- San Francisco 49ers - 36
- New Orleans Saints - 32