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#TBT: Bay Area Super Bowl rekindles Candlestick memories for Berman

When the host  49ers beat the Cowboys for the NFC Championship on Jan. 10, 1982, ESPN's Chris Berman was there amidst the madness in Candlestick Park. (ESPN)
When the host 49ers beat the Cowboys for the 1981 NFC Championship, ESPN’s Chris Berman was there amidst the madness in Candlestick Park. (ESPN)

Today’s TBT takes us to place that now exists only in our memories: San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman – in the Bay Area this week covering his 34th Super Bowl – knew this venue very well. With a host of Candlestick memories to choose from, “The Catch” – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the 1981 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys – is his favorite.

This video includes Berman’s initial report on “The Catch” and Berman and Clark’s 2013 reenactment of the late-game score that sent the 49ers to Super Bowl XVI. Berman reflected on “The Catch” in 2013.

Berman’s Super Bowl 50 edition of “The Swami” debuts during tonight’s 11 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and will run through the weekend. On Sunday, Berman will host Postseason NFL Countdown (11 a.m. ET, ESPN) from San Francisco’s Marina Green and the post-game NFL PrimeTime (10:30 p.m., ESPN) from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Associate producer and editor Marc Franklin says of The Swami Experience: “I had no idea what I was getting into when I started working on the Swami (Chris Berman’s “2-Minute Drill”), but 11 years later it has given me my most rewarding experiences at ESPN. It is always a blast and an honor working with Chris and my favorite memories come from covering media days at the Super Bowl with the Swami – where everyone wants to get his prediction.”

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