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What happens when Alex Smith tries to recreate a famous 1982 Joe Montana drive in practice?

Aug 17, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT


It was the end of the 49ers’ Fan Fest practice at Candlestick Park on Sunday, and new coach Jim Harbaugh thought he’d up the showmanship, recreating the drive that led up to The Catch. That’s the Joe-Montana-to-Dwight-Clark TD pass that beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Championship Game, sending the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. Substituting for Montana was Alex Smith.

So, what happened?

The ball was placed at the 8-yard line (the Niners actually started at the 11 in the 1982 NFC Championship game) and the first-team offense was headed to the same end zone with three timeouts left.

The 2011 Niners failed to repeat history. Alex Smith, scrambling to his left, was sacked — two-hand-touch style — on fourth down inside the five-yard line, inspiring a crescendo of boos.

Of course in the 1982 drive, the 49ers used six running plays, including a 14-yard end-around to receiver Freddie Solomon. The 2011 49ers, concentrating on passing during Sunday’s practice, used no running plays on their drive.

“Well, we didn’t get it in the end zone, but I thought it was good drive,” Harbaugh said. “A lot of things that we learned from on it. I know I did … I probably should have run the ball when we got down there on the goal line with that much time left and two timeouts.”

Only the 49ers could get booed at Fan Fest.

Alex not Joe; Jim not Bill on practice-ending drive [San Francisco Chronicle]

  1. cpfcpf - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Smith sacked? Surely you jest.

    The booing has to happen some time, at least we keep it to the offseason unlike certain former national capitals. How many coaches are we going to lose in order to keep this guy? I vote we start calling him No Montana.

  2. trbowman - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Alex Smith – still sucks.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Alex Smith should just focus on keeping his job instead of trying to ‘recreate history.’

  4. blackandpurple52 - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    don’t worry, they always have josh mccown to turn too…