The pass from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark that became "The Catch" in the 1981 NFC Championship game resulted in a little controversy over who owns the ball itself.
It’s one of the most famous games in NFL playoff history. The San Francisco 49ers knocking off the Dallas Cowboys to reach the Super Bowl and begin what would be a lengthy run of incredible success. The season of 1981-82 would produce one of the most talked about plays ever.
Joe Montana rolled out of the pocket and found Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. They were young players at the time, but nearly 28 years have since passed.
Clark has always believed that the ball that made him a household name in the Bay Area is sitting in his house. He was given a football after the game and assumed he had "the" ball.
Not so fast.
Apparently, the real deal is resting in the hands of a private collector. It’s a big part of 49ers history as the team ponders a move away from the stadiuim it’s called home for nearly four decades.
San Francisco Examiner columnist Ken Garcia picks up the tale.