Smith, Davis Hook Up for History

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There was, of course, “The Catch,” the miracle play that for three decades has been cushioned in reverential tones. Around here it’s taught in kindergarten, right after stuff about the Gold Rush.

Joe Montana to Dwight Clark, NFC Championship Game, Jan. 10, 1982—and never again was it believed the tingling magic could possibly be replicated, because lightning that magnificent can’t possibly strike again in the same house, for the same team.

Never again is a whole lot of hogwash.

Vernon Davis didn’t enter the world until long after Clark had leaped, stretched and hauled in a pass from Montana with 51 seconds left in a seesaw stunner that saw the 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys. But when dreams are this big, they tend to morph and blossom, until even...

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