Marino vs Montana in Candlestick Park one more time

Jeff Zelevansky

The San Francisco 49ers announced yesterday that the final game to be played at Candlestick Park will be a flag football game featuring Joe Montana and Dan Marino.

The only person standing between Dan Marino and the Super Bowl ring that eluded him his entire career was Joe Montana.  The Miami Dolphins appeared in one title game during Marino's career, playing Super Bowl XIX in Stanford Stadium, January 1985.  The opponents that day would be the San Francisco 49ers, quarterbacked by Montana.

The showdown that day wound up with Montana finishing the contest with 331-yards passing and three touchdowns, topping Marino's 318-yards and one touchdown.  The game finished with a score of 38-16, giving Montana the second of his eventual four Super Bowl rings, and keeping Marino from claiming one in his only opportunity.

Twenty-nine years after that game, Marino and Montana will face off in California again, this time in Candlestick Park.  The 49ers announced yesterday the final game to be held at the legendary stadium will be a flag football gamefeaturing Montana and other 49ers legends such as Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, and Dwight Clark, opposed by an all-star team headlined by Marino.

The 49ers move to Levi Stadium in Santa Clara this fall.

The flag football game is scheduled for July 12.  Tickets will go on sale on May 10.

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