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Antonio Brown posts picture of him in Photoshopped 49ers jersey

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Antonio Brown posts picture of him in Photoshopped 49ers jersey

At this point, Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown can't make it any clearer -- he wants to be on the 49ers. 

The latest form of evidence comes via his Instagram. On Friday morning, Brown posted a Photoshopped picture of himself in a 49ers jersey being embraced by Jerry Rice. 

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Brown included the following quote that Rice said to 95.7 The Game earlier this month: "If you got a player like that, that you can get, that can really add to the offense of the San Francisco 49ers where you let those guys go play, I think you have to go for it."

Rice has pushed for the 49ers to go after Brown in a trade and knows firsthand how badly Pittsburgh's All-Pro wants to head West. 

"He wants to come here really badly," Rice also said to 95.7 The Game

Though Brown is letting his feelings be known, it sounds like he and the rest of us will have to wait. Steelers owner and president Art Rooney II expects any trade talk to heat up closer to the new league year on March 13. 

There's almost two months until then, so who knows what Brown will do next. While he's under contract to wear black and yellow, it can't be more clear he wants to don red and gold.

49ers vs. Steelers live stream: How to watch NFL Week 3 game online

49ers vs. Steelers live stream: How to watch NFL Week 3 game online

There’s still room on the bandwagon, but you better hurry.

Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers are 2-0 to start the season, and have won both games by at least two touchdowns.

They’ll look to keep the momentum rolling Sunday when they welcome in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh will be sans franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had season-ending elbow surgery last week after the team’s Week 2 loss in Seattle.

Dee Ford is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, after sitting out practice on both Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The talented defensive end sat out the second half of Sunday’s win in Cincinnati with knee discomfort.

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Here’s how you can watch 49ers-Steelers:

Start time: Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS (KPIX) 
49ers live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial

Where 'The Catch,' 'Immaculate Reception' should stand in NFL history

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Where 'The Catch,' 'Immaculate Reception' should stand in NFL history

The Bay Area was on the wrong side of one of the most iconic plays in NFL history, and the right side of another.

The Raiders remained stuck in the marital party rather than matrimony when Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" gave the upstart Pittsburgh Steelers a 13-7 win over the Silver and Black in the 1972 AFC Divisional Round. The loss in Pittsburgh was coach Jon Madden's third consecutive in the conference playoffs, and the legendary coach would lose three consecutive AFC championships before winning Super Bowl XI -- the Raiders' first. The Steelers would not win the Super Bowl or the year after, but the victory over the Raiders was Chuck Noll's first in the postseason and marked the first of eight straight playoff berths for the team that would define the 1970s. 

Just shy of a decade later, the 49ers kick-started their dynasty with another catch against an iconic franchise. Dwight Clark's 6-yard touchdown reception from Joe Montana, known simply as "The Catch," sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl berth -- and their first of five wins. Clark's game-winning back-of-the-end-zone grab against the Dallas Cowboys has been immortalized with a pair of statues outside Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and marks the true turning point in San Francisco's dynastic era. 

NFL Media recently ranked "The Immaculate Reception" and "The Catch" No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on its list of 100 greatest plays in NFL history. It's hard to think of two more iconic moments, but is that the right order? Let's examine the case for each play. 

The case for 'The Immaculate Reception'

Is it possible to imagine this play without NFL Films' "Classic Battle" playing underneath or John Facenda's voice? Yet, the iconic shot of Harris catching Terry Bradshaw's ricocheted pass intended for John Fuqua inches before it hit the ground has done nothing to dispel the controversy surrounding the play. 

Officials ultimately determined that the ball deflected off of hard-hitting Raiders safety Jack Tatum and into the arms of Harris following Bradshaw's desperate fourth-and-10 heave, thus making the catch legal. Had they ruled Fuqua only touched it, it would have been an illegal catch on the last play of the game, and the Raiders would have moved on and advanced to the AFC Championship Game. 

Iconic, improbable imagery and an ahead-of-its-time officiating controversy? "The Immaculate Reception" really is the NFL bottled down to its essence, containing the perfect combination of components that keep football fans coming back -- with plenty of grievances. 

The case for 'The Catch'

There have been a lot of catches in NFL history, but there is only one "Catch." Well, unless you're a 49ers fan counting Terrell Owens and Vernon Davis' playoff game-winning touchdown grabs as proper sequels. 

"The Catch" has only been aided by time. The 49ers won four more Super Bowls after winning their first two weeks following the win over Tom Landry and the Cowboys. For the rest of his illustrious career, Landry would not win more games (12) than he did in the 1981 season and he would not lose by a closer margin in a playoff game than the one-point defeat in the NFC championship. Had the 49ers not won, it's possible Landry's Cowboys dynasty would have found second life against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI, setting off all sorts of hypotheticals over the ensuing decades.

Meanwhile, Joe Montana went on to become one of, if not the most iconic quarterback in NFL history, and "The Catch" tops the list of his iconic moments. His John Candy-inspired game-winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII and dominant fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles months later are all well and good, but "The Catch" truly is when he -- and Clark -- became legends in the Bay Area and beyond. 

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Verdict

You could flip a coin on these two plays and come up with the right answer. But for our money, "The Catch" gets the edge for its impact on NFL history. 

Had "The Immaculate Reception" gone the other way, the Raiders' eventual Super Bowl coronation likely would have had to wait, anyway. The Steelers lost in the 1972 AFC Championship Game to the Miami Dolphins who, as we are reminded each and every season, is the only team in the Super Bowl era to win all of its regular-season and playoff games. The Steelers would also need to wait another two seasons before winning their first Super Bowl. 

"The Catch," meanwhile, truly began the 49ers' reign over the 1980s. If it had gone the other way, does that ever truly begin? Do the Bengals knock off "America's Team" in the ensuing Super Bowl, ending their status as one of the NFL's preeminent sad-sack franchises? If the Cowboys win, does that buy Landry time with Jerry Jones? Does Jones still buy the team? 

Clark's touchdown reception marked a turning point for the 49ers and the rest of the NFL. For that reason, "The Catch" gets the narrow edge.