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Demolition has finally begun on Candlestick Park, the weathered host of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants baseball team before each left for Levi’s Stadium and AT&T Park, respectively.
The exterior is still standing but the inside is slowly turning into a pile of rubble. Over the next few days, large construction crews will carefully be tearing down the stadium, a three month process that will reduce dust and eliminate the need for wrecking crews.
One of the Redskins’ greatest memories belongs in what remains of the building, a tight overtime victory in which Washington clinched their first NFC East division title in eight seasons.
The year was 1999. The Redskins hadn’t beaten the 49ers in 13 years. Something had to give, and it did.
Quarterback Brad Johnson clocked in one of the best games of his life, throwing for 471 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Michael Westbrook caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown and running back Skip Hicks rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries.
It was fullback Larry Centers, however, that won the game, collecting a 33-yard pass from Johnson in overtime to finish off the game with a 26-20 victory.
The team’s last victory at Candlestick came in December, 2004, when running back Clinton Portis logged 35 carries for 110 yards in the 26-16 decision.
Jeff Chandler hit four field goals and Antonio Pierce returned an interception 78 yards for a score. Sean Taylor, Walt Harris and Ron Warner also intercepted quarterback Ken Dorsey in the contest.
Take a look at some of the early photos. Did you ever get a chance to see the Redskins play there?
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