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Plays of the Year: Davis Provides Toe-drag TD

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Vernon Davis' impressive, toe-dragging, 1-yard touchdown reception against the Carolina Panthers comes in at No. 3 on the top plays list.

Over the next week, 49ers.com will be revealing the top 10 plays of the team's 2013 season. Each of the plays, which were voted on and ranked by 49ers Studios staff, will feature a highlight video. We continue the countdown at No. 3...

When

The final offensive snap in the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

Where

Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

What

Vernon Davis caused a stir with an impressive, toe-dragging, 1-yard touchdown reception against the Carolina Panthers.

Who

Davis produced his 15th touchdown catch of the year against the Panthers. The 49ers trailed with 3:41 remaining in the first half of a competitive road playoff game, but it would be the last time the visitors trailed that day.

Why

Colin Kaepernick led a 12-play, 79-yard scoring drive that took 3:36 off the clock. San Francisco’s signal-caller put his team into scoring position and finished the drive off with a low line-drive pass to Davis in the back of the end zone. The Pro Bowl tight end did his part by getting away from AP Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly and finding an opening in the back right corner of the end zone.

How

Davis was a nightmare assignment for most NFL defensive players, including Carolina’s All-Pro inside linebacker. While it seemed like Kuechly would be in position to cover a red-zone pass to Davis, the 49ers tight end quickly darted away from Kuechly’s coverage and showed excellent body control. Davis dragged both feet and hauled in the touchdown pass from Kaepernick. Davis was also a cool customer after officials initially ruled the play an incompletion. Davis’ coach, Jim Harbaugh, was flagged for racing on to the playing field and alerting officials about the play clock still running following the hectic play. But once the officials reviewed Davis’ catch, they, too, saw the elite athleticism from the 49ers tight end. Davis made the impressive play and later credited teammate Frank Gore for helping him work on such end-zone catches during practice. San Francisco’s tight end was proud of the reception he made and wondered out loud if it was the greatest catch of his career.


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