San Francisco 49ers at Phoenix Cardinals – November 6, 1988
San Francisco grinded their way to an early lead in less than dramatic fashion. A combination of a 3 yard rushing touchdown by Roger Craig and 3 field goals by Mike Cofer left the Cardinals with a quite substantial deficit at half time.
Half time: 49ers 16 Cardinals 0
Immediately after half time, San Francisco piled on again, with Quarterback Steve Young connecting with Brent Jones on a short pass. The 49ers now led 23-0 with little time remaining in the 3rd quarter. Cards Quarterback Neil Lomax was able to find Roy Green for 7, but the overall outlook remained grim.
End of 3rd quarter: 49ers 23 Cardinals 7
The defense held strong and Phoenix was able to hit a 24 yard field goal to make it a 2 score game. That’s when Lomax said “I got this.” With time rapidly ticking away in the 4th, Lomax hit Ernie Jones for 7 points bringing the score to 23-14. Then, to cap off the comeback in the most dramatic fashion, Lomax connected with Roy Green again deep in the end zone with 3 seconds left on the clock. The PAT attempt was good and . . .
Final score: Cardinals 24 49ers 23
Lomax finished the day 25-41 with 3 TDs and 323 yards. Green had 93 yards receiving. The crowd was so loud at the “bowl” of Sun Devils Stadium that Lomax had to constantly try and quiet them down. Needless to say, they went crazy on the final touchdown. Fortunately, video of this amazing comeback still exists on YouTube.
Oh, and by the way, Bleacher Report has an excellent article about Neil Lomax being the greatest Cards QB of all time. Definitely worth a read.