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49ers give Candlestick a dandy farewell
Dec 24:Grading the 49ers’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons30 arrested at 49ers’ last Candlestick game; some seats stolenDec 23:NaVorro Bowman picks his spot in 49ers’ Candlestick Park loreKawakami: NaVorro Bowman provides another memorable moment for CandlestickThompson: NaVorro Bowman’s interception return for touchdown adds to 49ers’ Candlestick loreFormer 49ers and fans relive the memories in Candlestick finale49ers close out Candlestick with victory49ers’ Brock does more than ‘make a play’49ers’ Mario Manningham out for Candlestick finale49ers hoping to leave Candlestick Park on a winning note against FalconsSAN FRANCISCO It took the 49ers much too long. But they finally put on their party hats and gave Candlestick Park a fine and dandy farewell celebration Monday night.They also provided one spectacular exclamation point.After falling behind by a score of 10 3 at halftime, the 49ers scored 31 points in the final two quarters against the Atlanta Falcons and finished off the last scheduled NFL game at the worst football stadium in America with a 34 24 victory.Before the opening kickoff, 49ers owner Jed York who spearheaded the team’s effort to build the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara that will open next season stood on the sideline and soaked in the scene. He did not feel nostalgic, York said.”It just feels . weird,” he said. “You know?”Little did he know how weird the evening would become. In a preposterous yet fitting twist for the 53 year old concrete funhouse, Candlestick’s concluding touchdown was scored not by a wide receiver or running back, but by 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.Minutes earlier, Bowman had positioned himself to become the game’s goat by losing the handle on an onside kick return with 2:09 remaining. Atlanta recovered the ball to give the Falcons’ offense, trailing by just three points, a chance to tie or win the game.Instead, as Atlanta moved within 10 yards of the end zone, Bowman gained unlikely redemption. Closing in on a bobbled Falcons pass reception, he snatched the ball from the air and returned it 89 yards for the clinching touchdown.”That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen happen in a football game,” said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, caught up in the moment.But the crowd certainly wasn’t prepared to argue. Shortly after Bowman tumbled into the end zone, most of the 69,732 throats in attendance began chanting: “CANDLE STICK, CANDLE STICK, CANDLE STICK.”After the final play, a stage was rolled onto the field for speeches, and York presented the game ball to his uncle, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.Music played. Lights dimmed. Fireworks exploded in a large circle outside the stadium.wholesale nfl jerseys
cheapnfljerseyfreeshipping It wasn’t the most spectacular closing ceremony ever, but most everyone went home mostly happy and ridiculously slowly, as is traditional with Candlestick’s poor ingress and egress. At least they had a great game to discuss in the traffic jam.In the hours before kickoff, however, the vibe inside was one of a big social event with a game wrapped inside, rather than vice versa. On the sidelines, many former 49ers and even some San Francisco Giants’ legends such as Willie Mays and Willie McCovey mixed with the visiting ESPN crew.Meanwhile, outside in the parking lots beneath a warm December sun, the most popular beverage was booze spiked with 49ers conversation. Those who entered the stadium early received a treat about an hour before kickoff with a double Hall of Fame moment. Former 49ers receiver Jerry Rice coaxed former quaraterback running mate Steve Young into throwing one last pass into the south end zone, even if both men were wearing snappy dress suits.Rice, however, was smart enough to accessorize with running shoes. So he looked as smooth as ever when Young sent a football soaring 30 yards into his hands. Rice then laughed and posed for pictures with many sideline visitors while exchanging banter with them.”Ever since ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ he’s become Don Rickles,” joked Young.Joe Montana, the greatest 49er ever, did not attend, tweeting that he had family obligations. But DeBartolo accepted the team’s invitation to serve as honorary captain for the pregame coin toss. Fans chanted “Edd dee, Edd dee, Edd dee” as DeBartolo walked to midfield.Alas, the Falcons apparently did not receive the memo about them serving as patsies for the 49ers’ inevitable triumph. Atlanta took the early lead, throwing a quieter blanket on some of the planned festivities, including a card stunt with the words “FAREWELL CANDLESTICK” spread across the upper deck. At halftime, a small ceremony unfurled in the north end zone, where former 49ers receiver Dwight Clark made “The Catch” in 1982, with a small circle being painted on the exact spot of Clark’s reception.The crowd enjoyed it all but didn’t fully become engaged until the home team spurted out of the gate in the second half and started racking up the points to take the lead. You could call it a happy ending and an even happier farewell. The 205 regular season victories accumulated by the 49ers at Candlestick are the most by any NFL team in its home stadium, ever. But before the game, a few 49ers players were asked if they wanted to save anything from Candlestick and bring it home.Answers varied. Defensive back Donte Whitner said he wouldn’t mind taking one of the framed 49ers Hall of Fame jerseys that hang above the lockers in the home dressing room.