VIDEO: Remembering When Steve Young Broke Joe Montana's Record for the Longest TD Pass in 49ers History

Remembering when Steve Young threw the longest touchdown pass in San Francisco 49ers history.
Remembering when Steve Young threw the longest touchdown pass in San Francisco 49ers history. | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Joe Montana is generally viewed as the greatest quarterback in San Francisco 49ers history, but it's pretty incredible that the franchise barely saw a drop-off in quarterback play from the Hall-of-Famer when Steve Young took over the reins.

Young couldn't reach Montana's franchise records for passing yards or touchdowns, but he did break some. That included the record for the longest pass in franchise history.

Starting in place of the injured Montana during the 1991 season, Young found himself in a tough spot during the second quarter of a Week 10 matchup. With their backs to the end zone, the 49ers made a risky play call, having Young roll on on a slowly-developing pass play.

The risk paid off. Young got great protection from his offensive line before ultimately making another risky decision to heave the ball into double coverage.

John Taylor bailed him out though, making an incredible catch and somehow staying on his feet while both defensive backs fell to the ground. He then had enough of a head start to beat Deion Sanders in a footrace to the end zone.

This broke Montana's record long of 96 yards, which also meant Taylor broke Jerry Rice's franchise record for longest reception.

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