2. Saturday, Dec. 29, 1984
Thanks again go to the Giants for another divisional tune-up at
Candlestick. The Niners went 15-1 that year and were unstoppable.They
beat the Giants 21-10 and went on to win their second Super Bowl.
3. Sunday, Dec. 29, 1985
This was the year of the Chicago Bears, so who cares that the Giants beat 49ers 17-3
in their Wild-Card matchup at the Meadowlands? The game is noteworthy only
because Joe Montana threw more passes than a Union Street wallflower.
4. Sunday, Jan. 4, 1987
The Niners took quite a drubbing, getting beat (up) 21-3
in New York. But the real story was seeing the Niners' beloved quarterback Joe Montana lying motionless on the turf.
5. Sunday, Sep. 11, 1988
There are many great moments in this rivalry. But this last-second
from Montana to Rice was like a stake through the heart of Giants' fans
in their own house. The Niners came from behind 17-13 to win 20-17 on
the last play of the game.
6. Monday, Nov. 27, 1989
In this regular season game at Candlestick Park, both QBs were knocked
out of the game, but returned heroically. The Niners won 34-24.
7. Monday, Dec. 3, 1990
These teams were on a collision course all season long. Both teams were 10-0 going
into this game. Most memorable moments: The Giants' final drive in the closing
seconds when, just yards from the end zone, Phil Simms had his arm cocked for a
pass when he got tackled from behind to end the game in a 49ers' victory 7-3;
and, after the game caught by the cameras, Phil Simms and Ronnie Lott went
facemask to facemask on the sidelines.
8. Sunday, Jan. 20, 1991
This was a heartbreaking loss -- at home, one game from their third consecutive
Super Bowl, after going 14-2 in the regular season, leading 13-12 and a sure
touchdown drive in the final minutes of the NFC Championship, when Roger Craig
fumbled. The Giants kicked a field goal, winning 15-13. It was also the end of
the Joe Montana era.
9. Saturday, Jan. 15, 1994
Payback. It was Steve Young's team, and he and Rickey Watters crushed the Giants 44-3 in this divisional playoff at Candlestick.
10. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003
It's a toss-up which 49er game was more exciting: last week's victory over the
Saints with four lead changes in the fourth quarter, or this record-breaking
Wild-Card game, coming back from a 24-point deficit in the final minute to win
by one point, 39-38? You could write a book on this one game. The Giants had a
38-14 lead with four minutes to go in the third quarter. Punches were thrown,
offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, all of those catches by Terrell
Owens and Niners QB Jeff Garcia's heroics: 25 unanswered points on his two TD
passes, 60 yards rushing, including a TD run from the 14-yard line, and then
his 13-yard bullet to Tai Streets
with one minute left to win it. (Can you guess how the Giants lost? A field goal
snafu yet again.)
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012