Traditional red returns to Candlestick end zones for playoffs

January 12, 2012, 12:36 am
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The 49ers have improved their red-zone efficiency over the final three games of the season. And it's something the club hopes will carry over into the playoffs.On Saturday, the 49ers hope their red-zone possessions finish in the red end zone.After eight seasons with no postseason appearances, a 49ers playoff tradition will continue on Saturday. The 49ers confirmed Thursday that the end zones at Candlestick Park will be painted red for the occasion of their divisional playoff game Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.
The end zone are not fully painted for mere regular-season games.But the playoffs are different. The end zones were red in January 1982 when Dwight Clark came down with "The Catch" to send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. And the end zones were red for every playoff game, including their last appearance in the postseason on Jan. 5, 2003. The 49ers erased a 24-point deficit that day for a 39-38 victory over the New York Giants in a wild-card playoff game.