Greatest comebacks for each Bay Area sports team
49ers: The Catch
The play that started it all. Not only is "The Catch" the most iconic play in 49ers history, it's one of the most iconic in NFL history.
Dwight Clark's outstretched arms brought in a touchdown pass with 58 seconds left in the 1981 NFL Championship Game and tied the 49ers with the Cowboys at 27. An extra point gave San Francisco the lead and eventual win. Clark's catch capped an epic four-minute drive by quarterback Joe Montana with the 49ers down 27-21.
The 49ers went on to beat the Bengals in the Super Bowl that season. It was their first of four championships in eight years.
This also was the first of three installments of "The Catch" for the 49ers. The Catch 2 came from QB Steve Young and wide receiver Terrell Owens in the 1998 NFC Wild Card Game against the Packers, and The Catch 3 was in the 2011 NFC Divisional Game against the Saints as Alex Smith and tight end Vernon Davis connected. These are just three examples of a long list of comebacks in 49ers history.
Giants: Game 5 of 2014 NLCS
"Travis Ishikawa hits one to right. ... The Giants win the pennant!"
What a swing, what a moment. Travis Ishikawa is a #ForeverGiant. His three-run, walk-off homer gave the Giants a 6-3 win in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, sending them to their third World Series in five years.
None of this would have happened if it wasn't for Michael Morse, though. The lumbering right-hander hit a towering shot in the bottom of the eighth inning off Pat Neshek to tie the score at 3.
Right up there is the Giants' division series win over the Reds in 2012. Down 2-0 in the five-game series, the Giants won three in a row, and eventually advanced to beat the Tigers in the World Series.
Warriors: Game 3 vs. Pelicans in 2014-15 NBA playoffs
Steph Curry gave us a highlight to remember forever at the start of the Warriors' run to their first NBA championship since moving to California.
With two Pelicans, including Anthony Davis, in his face, Curry heaved a 3-pointer to tie the score at 108 with 2.8 seconds remaining in Game 3 of their NBA playoff first-round series. The Warriors, who had trailed by as many as 20 points, were down by five with 17 seconds left before a Curry 3 cut the deficit to two.
Curry wound up scoring 40 points in the Warriors' 123-119 overtime win. He averaged 33.8 points and 7.3 assists per game in the series.
Raiders: Revenge for Immaculate Reception
Nine months after The Immaculate Reception, the Raiders met the Steelers to open the 1976 regular season in Oakland.
The Raiders found their revenge in a 31-28 win, but it wasn't easy. The Silver and Black trailed 28-14 with just eight minutes left before quarterback Ken Stabler rallied the troops for a classic comeback, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
Fred Steinfort hit a 21-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 31-28 lead with 18 seconds left, and they held on for the win.
A's: Game 4 of 1972 World Series
Every great World Series needs a great comeback win. The A's did just that against the Reds in Game 4 of the 1972 World Series.
Down by one run, the A's used four consecutive singles in the ninth inning, including two by pinch-hitters, to win 3-2 and take a three-games-to-one series lead. They wound up winning the series in seven.
Not only was this the A's first World Series in Oakland, it was their first of three consecutive championships.
Cal-Stanford: The Play
"The band is out on the field!"
It's a call that not only will be remembered forever here in the Bay but is etched in the greatest plays in sports history.
Cal's Kevin Moen ran through the Stanford band and into the end zone on one of the wildest plays we've ever seen, giving the Golden Bears a 25-20 win over the Cardinal.
Stanford entered the fourth quarter up 14-10, but Cal took a 19-17 lead before a Stanford field goal with four seconds left looked to seal the deal. Five lateral passes later, Cal completed its comeback and gave us a moment that sports fans never will forget.