Matt Bahr helped the New York Giants edge out the San Francisco 49ers during the 1990 NFC Championship Game, 15-13, with a 42-yard field goal as time expired. Former Giants tight end Mark Bavaro revealed Tuesday that Bahr likely had a concussion when he made the kick that sent the team to Super Bowl XXV.
Bavaro's quote after the jump.
"Matt Bahr, when he kicked the winning field goal against San Francisco in 1990, I don't think he knew where he was," Bavaro said. "He'd tackled somebody on a kickoff return earlier in the game and he was kind of out of it. [Giants long snapper] Steve DeOssie had to kind of, actually, guide him on the field and line it up. But you know, that was regular stuff back then. Matt was a great guy, a tough guy, and we certainly appreciated him coming out and doing that for us. But I don't think that stuff happens today."
It is shocking that Bahr was allowed back on the field considering today's stringent concussion protocols. It is even scarier to imagine what might have happened if Bahr was forced to remain on the sideline. A great moment in Giants history may have never existed.
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