#FarewellCandlestick: The 100 Greatest Moments in Candlestick Park History #18

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#19 is here.

#18 December 7, 1980 Niners 38 Saints 35

More than 30 years later, Joe Montana's 6th career start is still the greatest regular season comeback in NFL history.

The Saints led 35-7 at halftime, the Niners limited to 21 yards of first half offense, their touchdown coming on a Freddie Solomon punt return.  New Orleans had over 300 yards and 20 first downs.  Archie Manning had thrown 3 touchdown passes.

Down 4 scores at the half to a winless Saints team hardly seems like the script for the 18th best moment in Candlestick history.

The Niners got half of that back in the third; Montana ran one in and then threw a 71 yard score to Dwight Clark.

An 83 yard 4th quarter drive culminated in a scoring pass to Solomon - and with under two minutes to go, a 78 yard drive ended with a Lenvil Elliott game tying touchdown.

In overtime - a Ray Wersching field goal wins the game. 38-35.

The 17th Greatest Moment in Candlestick History is tomorrow.

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