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July 2, 2012
Best game? 49ers-Saints nominated for ESPY

I've long said (for at least a month and a half) that one of the overlooked consequences of the 49ers' overtime loss in the NFC Championship is it stole a little something from the previous game, the 36-32 win over the Saints. Five lead changes. More than 400 yards of offense for both teams. A last-second touchdown pass to Vernon Davis -- it's easily the best game I've covered in nine seasons.

Apparently I'm not alone in that opinion. The 49ers-Saints is one of three games nominated for an ESPY award this year. The others are Missouri at Kansas in college basketball and Game 6 of the Rangers-Cardinals World Series. You can vote here.

If you're teetering on your vote - and I'm guessing you're not -- it might be worth reviewing this often-watched YouTube video (above), to which I tip my hat. Four stars. Now all the game needs is an awesome nickname. Winning entry gets a Bee t-shirt. Has to beat my nominee, "Game of Throws" ...

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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