Like Terrell Owens after his game-winning touchdown burberry handbags cheap catch against Green Bay in the playoffs in 1999, Davis rose after a big hit with tears streaming down his face and was embraced on the sideline by his head coach.
Afterward, a still-emotional Davis said the play ought to be dubbed "The Grab," and indeed it had heavy shades of Owens’ "The Catch II" in 1999 and the original "The Catch" in 1982.
This game, however, may have been better than either of those. "It’s history, it’s legendary," Davis said.
After a staid third quarter, in which only three points were scored, the two teams combined for 34 points in the back-and-forth fourth quarter.
The Saints took their first lead of the game, 24-23, after tailback Darren Sproles converted a short throw from Drew Brees into a 44-yard catch-and-run touchdown.
Short and intermediate passes that turned into big plays had been San Francisco’s defensive Achilles’ heel during the regular season, and one of them stung the 49ers again after they regained the lead on a 28-yard touchdown run by Smith with 2:11 remaining in the game.
Brees, who had been harassed by Justin Smith Burberry women coats, cheap burberry windbreaker, women woolen overcoat outlet and the 49ers’ pass rushers throughout the afternoon, brought his team to his own 34-yard line before throwing to tight end Jimmy Graham in heavy coverage. Graham turned to snag the 25-yard pass, stayed on his feet and then outraced a gaggle of 49ers defenders to the end zone. The Saints went for a two-point conversion, got it and led 32-29 with 1:27 left.
On the visitors’ sideline, the Saints celebrated as if they were heading to the NFC Championship Game, and with only one timeout left, it seemed the best the 49ers could hope for was a field goal that would send the game into overtime.
Instead, the 49ers beat the Saints at their own game, with Alex Smith outplaying Brees and Davis outdueling Graham, who will represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
On second down from the San Francisco 33-yard line, Smith saw Davis – as he was for most of the game_in single coverage and hit him on the left side of the field. Davis brought in the pass and was hauled down at the New Orleans 20-yard line, a gain of 47 yards. Davis burberry outlet finished with 180 receiving yards, the most ever for a tight end in the playoffs.