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Montana to Young to Montana to Garcia? Yes, this 49ers quarterback play really happened

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 2:11 a.m. MDT

San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young, right, and Joe Montana, left, warm up before the start of the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young, right, and Joe Montana, left, warm up before the start of the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game Saturday, July 12, 2014, in San Francisco. The game between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the final one to be played at Candlestick Park. The park, which opened in 1960 and was also the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team until 1999, is slated for demolition in the next year. (Eric Risberg, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The San Francisco 49ers gave their fans some old-fashioned, late-game magic on Saturday.

During the 'Legends of Candlestick' flag football game, which pitted former 49ers standouts against past NFL stars in a sendoff to the team's legendary home, three San Francisco quarterbacks of old combined for a unique play.

With the 49ers team trailing 40-39 and 58 seconds left on the clock, according to a video of the play, former BYU and San Francisco quarterback Steve Young came in motion from the right as fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana took the snap.

Montana pitched the ball to Young, who danced around in the pocket for a few seconds looking for an open receiver. After not finding an available option, Young lateraled the ball back to Montana, who found another former 49ers quarterback, Jeff Garcia, open for a short gain.

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young runs onto the field before the start of the Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young runs onto the field before the start of the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game Saturday, July 12, 2014, in San Francisco. The game between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the final one to be played at Candlestick Park. The park, which opened in 1960 and was also the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team until 1999, is slated for demolition in the next year. (Eric Risberg, AP)

Later in the final drive, Montana hit former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo — who snuck onto the field of play — for the game-winning touchdown, as the San Francisco all-stars won, 45-40.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Montana finished with three touchdown passes, Garcia with two and Young rushed for a touchdown. Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino captained the NFL all-stars and had a solid game.

Young threw two pick-sixes to former Vikings safety Robert Griffith, the Chronicle reported, and it prompted fans to chant, "We want Joe!"

Candlestick Park, which opened in 1960, will be demolished in 2015, according to the Chronicle. San Francisco will play its first season at new home Levi's Stadium, in Santa Clara, California, in 2014.

The Chronicle said roughly 25,000 fans were in attendance at the 70,000-capacity stadium, while the San Jose Mercury News reported a crowd near 30,000 showed up. But on this night, at least, the 49ers fans there were given the chance to revel in their team's glory days.

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark runs onto the field before the start of the Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark runs onto the field before the start of the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game Saturday, July 12, 2014, in San Francisco. The game between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the final one to be played at Candlestick Park. The park, which opened in 1960 and was also the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team until 1999, is slated for demolition in the next year. (Eric Risberg, AP)

"A great old stadium,'' Montana told the Mercury News. "There are a lot of great memories here."

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