The San Francisco 49ers are responsible for one of the most important plays in NFL history. Known as "The Catch," the play sent the Niners to their first of five Super Bowl appearances (all victories), ushered in the age of the "West Coast Offense," and began the NFL's transition from a running league to a passing league. "The Catch" refers to 49ers quarterback Joe Montana finding Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone for a game-winning touchdown in the 1981 NFC Championship Game. The 49ers, coached by the great Bill Walsh, defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27. It was the end of the Cowboys NFC dominance and the beginning of the Niners dynasty of the 1980s.
San Francisco is 5-0 in Super Bowls. They won the big game in 1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII), 1989 (XXIV), and 1994 (XXIX). For their first four victories, the Niners were led by Montana, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and widely known for his late-game heroics. His ability to step up in big games was legendary; he won the Super Bowl most valuable player award three times. The team's Super Bowl victory in 1994 was led by Steve Young, Montana's successor an eventual member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 49ers were established in 1947 and are now aligned in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers also have a rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. The team’s home stadium is Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Edward Jones Dome.