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1999 Terrell Owens Game-Used Football 49ers From “The Catch II” Wildcard Playoff Game vs. Packers Owned by T. O. COA 100% AuthenticGo Back
Sold for: $1,313.40
Sold for: $1,313.40
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For the first time in the Brett Favre era, the 49ers pulled off a victory over the Packers on January 3, 1999. After a late Packers touchdown, the Niners trailed 27–23 and a continuing issue during the game was dropped passes by receiver Terrell Owens. In the final ten seconds, Steve Young dropped back in the Packers redzone, stumbled but stayed on his feet, then heaved the ball to the endzone where Owens caught it, landed in the endzone with four seconds left, and the Niners had pulled out one of the most dramatic wins in their history. This play is often referred to by 49ers fans as “the Catch II”, a reference to “The Catch” touchdown from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark in the final minute against the Cowboys in the 1981 playoffs. It turned out to be Young’s final playoff win.
From a football standpoint, Owens’ game-winning 25-yard touchdown catch in the game’s final seconds, better known as “The Catch II,” propelled his rise to an eventual NFL Hall of Famer. According to Owens himself, “I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for that play to be honest,” Owens reflected. “If you take that one catch, that one touchdown away from me, I don’t know where I would be. It was a play that really catapulted my career.”
The play itself is one-of-a-kind – Owens caught the pass in traffic and absorbed two big hits at the goal line – but it’s the events leading up to the touchdown that make the moment so profound. It was the perfect storm of timing, luck, stage and stakes.
Owens got off to a dreadful start in the Wild Card Round against Green Bay. He lost a fumble and dropped a sure touchdown after losing the ball in the sun in the first half alone. He stood on the sideline and mentally braced himself to be given the literary dunce cap. “That did not sit well with me,” Owens said. “I looked around the stands and understood that I was going to cause a lot of heartache, not just for my teammates but also for the fans. Those were the things that were going through my head.”
After trailing 17-10 at halftime, the 49ers scored 10 unanswered points to take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. The two teams traded field goals before Brett Favre fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman to give the Packers a 27-23 lead with 1:56 to play. There were three ties and six lead changes throughout the seesawing nail-biter.
Steve Young and the offense took over at their own 24-yard line with 1:47 remaining and all three timeouts. San Francisco took the field without Owens. Rice and J.J. Stokes were deployed as the only receivers.
San Francisco called timeout after a short three-yard pass to fullback Marc Edwards crossed midfield and reached Green Bay’s 47-yard line. With the offense huddled together on the sideline, wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey suggested to head coach Steve Mariucci that he put Owens back into the game. Kirksey figured having three receivers on the field might open things up in the Packers secondary with just :54 on the clock.
“Owens was standing next to me as we were driving down the field,” Kirksey said. “I said, ‘Mooch, let’s put Terrell back in the ball game.
He returned to the field with just two catches for 48 yards up to that point. Then after a ridiculous set of circumstances within the game including Jerry Rice almost fumbling the football as he was ruled down by contact. Then you have Young who nearly threw an interception looking for J.J. Stokes towards the right sideline.
Packers corner Craig Newsome secured the football with his left arm but the tip of the football appeared to hit the ground in the process. The referee, once again, ruled the bang-bang play in the 49ers favor and called it an incomplete pass. Challenges were not a thing back then and these two borderline plays in a high stakes game were often credited for the reason replay review was instituted.
San Francisco had one last shot at the end zone from 25 yards out with :08 remaining and no timeouts. Owens recalled being open on the near interception, but Young never saw him in the middle of the field. He told his quarterback in the huddle that he was going to run his route the exact same way.
Lined up slot right, Owens ran up the seam and shaved his route towards the middle in front of safety Darren Sharper. Young threaded a pass between three defenders to Owens, who held on despite pin balling off of two defenders for the game-winning touchdown. The crowd goes wild!
The play ended San Francisco’s five-game losing streak against Green Bay and simultaneously secured Owens’ place in 49ers franchise history. “He redeemed himself on that one particular play,” Kirksey said. “That’s one of the plays that went down in history – him making that catch to win the game. … I can’t tell you where he would stack, but I know he’s one of the greatest of all time.”
At that point San Francisco knew it had found Rice’s heir apparent. Owens would go on to post nine 1,000-yard seasons and eight seasons with double-digit touchdowns, but it’s “The Catch II” that remains synonymous with his tenure with the 49ers.
Presented is an actual game football that was presented to Owens for that remarkable Wildcard “The Catch II” game he had that season with the San Francisco 49ers.
The official NFL football was hand-painted on one of the panels with all the game details (January 3, 1999 at 3Comm Park vs. the Green Bay Packers). The ball also has the additional detailing: “REDEMPTION CATCH – 3JET ALL GO – 25 YD. PASS)”. In the game, Owens had that famous touchdown in 49ers history.
It’s a wonderful stepping stone item that made T.O. into the Hall of Famer he is. Without these milestones, he would have been just average. But, with every record passed, yard gained and touchdown celebrated he was extraordinary. The paint is still solid and in full brightness/glory. It is wonderfully displayable and a true piece of his milestone.
Interestingly, it was an item that came directly from the famous purchase of Terrell Owen’s Storage unit as reported by TMZ. Overall, it is a great NFL collectible by itself but since it came out of the unit with the provenance of being owned by Owens it makes it that more special. A copy of the original purchase receipt will add proof and provenance.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team, Copy of Purchase Receipt (as provenance).
Cert Holo: 11051