Moment 94 Ignominious Ending

Ignominious Ending
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January 03, 1999

The Packers lose to the 49ers in the wild-card round, 30-27, on a last-second, 25-yard TD pass from Steve Young to Terrell Owens. Five days later, Mike Holmgren leaves to become coach and head of football operations for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Packers seemingly had the game in San Francisco won on Antonio Freeman’s 15-yard TD catch with 1:56 left. Moments later, it appeared 49ers receiver Jerry Rice fumbled on a hit from safety Scott McGarrahan, with linebacker Bernardo Harris recovering, only for Rice to be erroneously ruled down on the play.

That kept San Francisco alive, which Young took advantage of on the game’s final play, with Owens atoning for several dropped passes on the day. The 49ers’ victory ended their streak of three consecutive playoff exits at the hands of the Packers and a five-game losing streak to Green Bay overall.

The loss turned out to be the end of the line for two Green Bay icons, as Reggie White – named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 – did not play for the Packers again, and Holmgren moved on to the dual role he coveted.
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