January 18, 2012; San Francisco CA, USA; Painting Crews refresh and add logos to the field in preparation for the playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox

Memories At Candlestick Park

This Sunday the Rams play the 49ers in San Francisco, and although it surely won’t be the last time each team plays each other in “The City By The Bay” it will be the last time they will play at Candlestick Park as the 49ers move to Levi’s Stadium next season.

These two teams have a great history with each other and great memories. Many of which have been at Candlestick Park. Here are just a few to remember the great venue.

January 2, 1983

The 1-7 Rams met the 3-5 defending Super Bowl champion 49ers in San Francisco for the last game of the 1982 season. The 49ers needing a win to make the playoffs.

The Rams led late in the 4th quarter 21-20 until 49er quarterback Joe Montana led one of his patented two-minute drives. The game winning kick was blocked, knocking the 49ers out of the playoffs.

January 14, 1990

This was the one and only playoff game between the two teams. The 49ers blew the Rams out 30-3, but the fact that it was a playoff game at Candlestick Park between these two teams is significant.

The Rams had won earlier in the season at Candlestick 13-12, but were unable to that day. The 49ers went on to win the Super Bowl and the Rams went on to lose 17 of the next 18 on the series.

November 11, 2012

Last season the Rams and 49ers played in a 24-24 tie. The Rams jumped on top early on and injured Alex Smith bringing in Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick lead the 49ers back and took the lead 24-17 in the 4th quarter. Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Austin Pettis to tie the game with a little over a minute left.

In overtime, both teams had a chance to win, but penalties and missed field goals prevented anyone from closing the game. The game was the first NFL tie since 2008.


There are many other great memories at Candlestick and we welcome you to share your favorite memories with us. This game will end a long history between these two teams, but a new history will be born next season at Levi’s Stadium. If one things for sure, tomorrows game will certainly be a great one.


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