NFC Playoffs, January 10, 1982 -- San Francisco 49ers Dwight Clark (87) makes the game winning touchdown catch vs Dallas Cowboys. Photo by Walter Iooss Jr. / Sports Illustrated

I spent the season covering the Dallas Cowboys. The last thing on earth I wanted to have happen was the miracle toss from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana to tight end Dwight Clark with 58 seconds left. Little did I know it would it would possibly become my most known photo.

Obviously, I am now overjoyed that Clark held on, right in front of me, in focus! My reaction to a situation with a game winning drive inside the 20 yard line is to get in the end zone, so you have a chance to at least see the big play. In this case I was perfectly positioned. Also, I had been using the 50mm for years waiting for something great to unfold in front of me.  Remember, "Chance favors the prepared man!" Technical facts: 50mm manual focus lens on a Canon F1 with Fuji chrome film.

Walter Iooss Jr.

Walter Iooss Jr. Walter Iooss has shot more than 300 covers for Sports Illustrated and has been a contributing photographer for the magazine’s Swimsuit Issue for more than 30 years. He has published 13 books, including a New York Times #1 bestseller Rare Air: Michael on Michael in 1993. Other published books have included Athlete in 2008 and Heaven in 2010. Iooss has photographed commercial campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Adidas, Nike, and Kellogg’s. His work has also been displayed at the Newseum in Washington, DC and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.


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