This is one of the most iconic images ever taken in American football. It features Dwight Clark of the San Francisco 49ers catching the winning touchdown pass from QB Joe Montana against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game on January 10, 1982. This touchdown catch tied the game at 27 with under a minute remaining in the final quarter, and the extra point put the 49ers in the lead. The Niners eventually won the game and their first Super Bowl two weeks later. This catch marked the end of Cowboy’s domination of the NFC and began the era of the 49ers.
How have sports and the ways they are portrayed affected the lives of Americans? What kind of sentiment is invoked when a once-in-a-lifetime photo like this is captured?