Is Everson Walls to Blame for “The Catch”?

The 49ers got to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The [@#%$&!!!] Catch” on January 10 this year. I don’t need to remind anyone, but one dynasty began that day while the Cowboys fell into mediocrity in a few short seasons.

It hasn’t ever helped Everson Walls that the Sports Illustrated cover featuring the play also prominently shows Walls. Here it is:

Everson Walls, The Catch
Everson Walls on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

In a brief discussion on Dallas Cowboy Fans United about the greatest player to wear #24, a question arose about whether Walls was actually to blame for the play.

I’ve always thought the entire defense was to blame for the entire drive. However, I have also thought that Walls had Clark in man coverage. The Wikipedia entry for Walls notes, without attribution, that Walls thinks The Catch “tarnished his otherwise outstanding pro career.”

Others disagree that the play was actually Walls’ fault, and that may very well be the case. Safety Michael Downs was playing in the middle of the field, and it appears that Walls briefly released Clark to Downs on the play. Here is the replay:

Still, in a recent interview, Walls does not provide much insight about who is to blame, and we might just need to leave good enough (or bad enough) alone.

Here is the interview:

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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.
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  • …whatever

    I’m still in shock. I got tickets to SB XVI and was absolutely sure my Cowboys would be there (it was my first pro game… how perfect would that have been?). But it was good preparation for me, as I have had to endure many more shocking and frustrating moments.
    Michael, Emmitt and Troy remind me about enjoying the highs, and that catch taught me about endurance and humility.

    …still wish he dropped it, tho…

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