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What If Garrison Hearst Didn’t Break His Ankle Against Atlanta in 1999?

The 1998 season and subsequent playoffs in January 1999 were a tumultuous time for Garrison Hearst and the San Francisco 49ers. Owner Eddie DeBartolo was being investigated in a gambling scandal and many experts felt the 49ers were an aging team on its last leg.

But the 1998 San Francisco 49ers would not be denied and compiled a 12-4 record, good enough for 2nd place in the NFC West and a Wildcard Playoff berth.

Following a career year by running back Garrison Hearst where he rushed for a then team record 1,570 yards averaging 5.1 yards per carry and a memorable 96-yard overtime touchdown run against the New York Jets on opening day, the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 in the 1999 Wildcard Playoffs on a last minute touchdown pass to Terrell Owens. ...

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