"If you don’t want to be the best, then there’s no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything." - Joe Montana

Aim for the top!

Apr. 18, 1995 - Joe Montana announced his retirement from the NFL

Joe Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr., and others. Highlights from Montana’s stay with the San Francisco 49ers and interviews with former 49ers teammates were also shown. Bill Walsh served as the MC for the event. Montana’s replacement with the Chiefs was his former backup in San Francisco, Steve Bono. Super Bowl XXX would be dedicated to Montana, who ended the pregame ceremonies with the ceremonial coin toss.

Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success.” - Jim Harbaugh

Dedicate this to your team.

"Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live." - Joe Montana

Only way to live.

Feb. 3, 2013 - The Ravens survive a power outage and edge the 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII

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For the first time in Super Bowl history, the game pitted two brothers against each other—Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh, head coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively—earning it the nickname Harbaugh Bowl or The Harbowl. In addition, Super Bowl XLVII was the first to feature two teams who had undefeated records in previous championship games (Baltimore, 1–0; San Francisco, 5–0). The Ravens defeated the 49ers by the score of 34–31, handing the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss in franchise history.

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Jan. 20, 1985 - Montana and the Niners beat Marino and the Dolphins to win Super Bowl XIX

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The game was hyped as the battle between two great quarterbacks: Miami's Dan Marino and San Francisco's Joe Montana. The Dolphins entered their fifth Super Bowl in team history after posting a 14–2 regular season record. The 49ers were making their second Super Bowl appearance after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The 49ers would defeat the Dolphins by the score of 38–16 to win Super Bowl XIX.

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Jan. 10, 1982 - 49ers’ Joe Montana throws to Dwight Clark for “The Catch”

The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark off a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL history. The game represented the end of Dallas’ domination in the NFC since the conference’s inception in 1970, and the beginning of San Francisco’s rise as both an NFC and Super Bowl power in the 1980s.

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"I’m not worried about what people are saying. If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one." - Colin Kaepernick

Ain’t worried about nothing.

Dec. 17, 2000 - Owens caught an NFL-record 20 passes for a total of 283 yards and a TD

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Terrell Owens of the San Francisco 49ers had a record-breaking day with 20 catches for 283 yards in a 17-0 49ers win over the Chicago Bears. This single-game reception total surpassed the 50-year-old mark held by Tom Fears (which has since been surpassed by Brandon Marshall on December 13, 2009). Owens finished the year with 1,451 receiving yards and thirteen touchdowns.

#MotivationalMondays

Focus is everything.

Put on your headphones and block the noise, get in your zone and silence the haters.

Dec. 14, 1987 - Jerry Rice caught three TD passes in 41-0 win over the Bears

Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers caught three touchdown passes in 41-0 a win over the Chicago Bears, tying the NFL records for consecutive games with a touchdown reception (11; tying Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams and Buddy Dial of the Pittsburgh Steelers) and number of touchdown catches in one season (18; tying Mark Clayton of the Miami Dolphins).

In 1987, he was named the NFL’s MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) and the Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press (AP). Despite playing in only 12 games that year (NFL players strike), he still managed to gain 1,078 receiving yards and an NFL-record 22 touchdown receptions which stood until 2007 when it was broken by Randy Moss (with Moss catching 23 touchdowns in 16 games). In 1987, the runner-up to Rice in touchdown receptions was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. This marked the first time in post NFL-AFL merger history that a category leader doubled the total of his nearest competitor.

Dec, 6, 1992 - Jerry Rice set a new NFL record by catching his 101st touchdown

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Jerry Rice’s 101st career touchdown catch, breaking the record for most career touchdowns previously held by Steve Largent, came on a rainy afternoon in San Francisco, during only his eighth season with the NFL. (By contrast, Largent made his 100th TD reception in his 14th season.) With 8:56 left in the game (a 27-3 rout of the Miami Dolphins) Rice made a quick move to get open in the middle of the end zone, where he caught a 12-yard pass from Steve Young. Mobbed by his teammates, he ran off the field in triumph. Two years later, Rice became the NFL’s all-time touchdown leader (127), passing the great Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown.

Nov. 29, 1987 - Joe Montana began a streak of NFL record 22 consecutive passes

In 1987, Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers had 31 touchdown passes, a career high, in just 13 games. He also set an NFL record by completing twenty-two consecutive passes, passed for 3,054 yards, and had a passer rating of 102.1. Though the 49ers finished with the best record in the NFL, they lost in the NFC semi-finals to the Minnesota Vikings. A true student of the game, Montana won the NFL’s passing title in both 1987 and 1989.

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"Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success." - Jim Harbaugh

"Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success." - Jim Harbaugh

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