You remember the game. You may even remember the play. Just over a minute to go in St. Louis back on Dec. 21, with the Niners trailing to the Rams -- a team that really clogged the NFL's toilet this year -- 16-10. From the opposing 48, Niners' quarterback Shaun Hill apparently begins to channel Rex Grossman; you can almost read the words "Fuck it -- I'm going deep!" on his lips. And so he did.
Hill launched a high-arcing lob of a pass toward the end zone that resembled nothing so much as a boulder projected from a catapult built by a special-needs barbarian. As receiver Jason Hill waited for the ball to fall into his arms, teammate Josh Morgan -- inexplicably running a route that had him as close to his fellow receiver as two dogs on a couch -- stole the pass away from Jason Hill and three Rams in the vicinity and tumbled into the paint for the score.
So, let's think about this for a second. With Singletary's future on the line -- and in the midst of turning in an epic crap performance against a consummately crap team -- the Niners pulled it out because the quarterback tossed a quasi-Hail Mary that was caught by someone other than his intended receiver. A bad loss to St. Louis wouldn't have looked good on the resume. But, after this amazing comeback, local writers felt free to give Singletary better press than the Polio vaccine. He was hired prior to the team's next game (which San Francisco won, solidly, over Washington).
So, again, when we either cheer or curse the day the 49ers handed the reins to Singletary, let us not forget that it all hinged on a skin-of-his-teeth win over an abysmal opponent, brought about via a fluke bomb tossed into triple coverage and caught by the wrong man.
And on that note, let's all buy some lottery tickets.