MNF moments, No. 24: Montana to Taylor
August, 15, 2014
By Bobby Greenhalgh, ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
Michael Zagaris/Getty ImagesTo celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down to this season's MNF debut.
No. 24: San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 27 | Dec. 11, 1989
After Mike Lansford hit a field goal to put the Rams up 27-10 early in the fourth quarter, it looked like the 49ers would need to wait another game to capture the NFC West title.
But Joe Montana and John Taylor made sure their team clinched home-field advantage that night as the 49ers scored 20 points in the final 10 minutes, the third time a team overcame a 14-point deficit after three quarters on "Monday Night Football."
Taylor had scored on a 92-yard pass from Montana in the second quarter and added a 96-yard score to cut the lead to four points midway through the fourth.
Taylor finished the game with 11 catches for 286 yards, 124 more yards than he had in any other game in his career. His 286 receiving yards are the second most in "Monday Night Football" history, trailing only Jerry Rice.
The 49ers didn't lose again that season and beat the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.