Written by Matthew Cannata
On Saturday, Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers, played one last football game but this time, it was flag football and instead of the players you see on Sundays, the teams were composed of NFL legends and former 49ers. On one side was Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia surrounded by Jerry Rice, former owner Eddie DeBartolo and others. On the other was Dan Marino along with players such as Tim Brown and Robert Griffith.
Montana’s team defeated Marino 45-40. Montana had three touchdown passes while Steve Young rushed for a score. Jeff Garcia added two touchdowns, with one going to Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice. The All-Stars, led by former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, got a strong defensive effort from former Vikings safety Robert Griffith, who intercepted Young twice in the first half, returning both for scores. However, it wasn't enough as Montana brought the team back from a 40-32 deficit in the fourth quarter.
"It's a dream come true to get everybody back here," DeBartolo told the San Francisco Chronicle. "And have a fitting end to this stadium. It's a special place that has great, great memories for us that will last forever."
Approximately 25,000 fans attended the game, which benefited the San Francisco Police Foundation and the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. The 49ers will now open the 2014 season at the state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.