Candlestick Park’s regular season finale on “Monday Night Football” was one for the ages.
If that’s the final game hosted by the San Francisco 49ers, many would be just fine with that.
The fireworks, however, weren’t done at that point.
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At the game’s conclusion, ESPN’s Chris Berman conducted interviews on the field with 49ers legends: Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Terrell Owens and Eddie DeBartolo.
DeBartolo, the former owner of the five-time Super Bowl champions, thanked the crowd at The 'Stick and passed down the game ball to his nephew, 49ers CEO Jed York.
Soon after, the Candlestick lights symbolically went out during a video tribute to the former members of the 49ers while Journey’s “Lights” played over the stadium speakers.
The stage was ready for a memorable fireworks show.
Players didn’t get to see the postgame celebration, but the in-game explosion by Bowman was good enough.
“It was amazing,” nose tackle
Dorsey felt like the 49ers were never doubting themselves even after the Falcons recovered an onside kick and marched down to the 10-yard line before Bowman’s first NFL touchdown.
Confidence remained high.
“That’s what we were thinking,” Dorsey said. “We had to stop them. The defense always leads the charge. We hold ourselves to a high standard. We had to set a tone.”
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Bowman put the game away and had everyone in awe.
Dorsey, a BCS national champion at LSU, said it was his most memorable game.
“Even when the play was happening I was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m witnessing this,’ the defensive lineman said.
“It was just a surreal play.”
The stadium was loud throughout the game, not just on Bowman’s takeaway.
The atmosphere was electric throughout the evening. Fans stayed in their seats long before the start of the game and long after Bowman’s big play.
Players, too, felt the magnitude.
“Still a little emotional,” said tight end
Davis’ long-time teammates elaborated on the legacy the current 49ers will leave behind.
“It was big, especially getting a win in the last game in Candlestick in front of all the fans,” 49ers rushing king
The former 49ers can take pride in knowing the current team handled business in the final game.
Jim Harbaugh was proud to be a part of it, too.
“I love history,” the 49ers coach began, “I appreciate history as much as anyone, but for the men who were in the arena, it’s about the future. This game was about that, what our destiny was. And, we’re coming face-to-face with our destiny and that’s what the game was about.”
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