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  • San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) celebrates after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. The 49ers won 36-32. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SANTA CLARA — A few days before the last game ever played at Candlestick Park, Vernon Davis walked off the practice field talking to Frank Gore after a morning walkthrough.

Davis had agreed to do a one-on-one interview after the walkthrough about the last great moment at Candlestick — a play called Vernon Post, unofficially the Catch III, his 14-yard touchdown that beat the Saints in the playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012, and gave the 49ers their first playoff win in nine years.

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Davis greeted the interviewer outside the locker room, and Gore walked toward the open locker room doors, but then he turned around and said, "Can I talk, too?"

So, Davis, pretending to be a reporter, asked Gore the first question. "What did that game mean to you, Frank?"

Gore smiled. He liked being included in this topic, and he liked Davis deferring to him. "That's probably my best moment," said Gore. "First playoff game. Seeing how we fought. Everybody thought the game was over. That's my best time at Candlestick."

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