A game-changing momentum shift occurred during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship.
Leading 17-14 with just under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the 49ers defense had a chance to take control of the game. Matthew Stafford threw a bomb downfield which landed right in Jaquiski Tartt's arms. He dropped it.
A play later, Stafford took another shot downfield which landed right in the arms of Odell Beckham Jr. To make matters worse for the Niners, a 15-yard penalty was added to the end of the play. A couple players later, the Rams tacked on the game-tying field goal.
Niners fans can't help but wonder how Sunday night's game would have fared had Tartt caught the easiest interception he'll ever have. He held himself accountable for the inexcusable mistake in a heartbreaking admission after the game.
"No excuses!! I deserve all the criticism my way! Opportunity I dream of I came up short!!! Let my brothers down!! It Still won't define me as a person/player. Only will get stronger and better...," Tartt said on Twitter.
Jaquiski Tartt just won over a ton of 49ers fans, despite his massive mistake on Sunday night.
The reality is the 49ers were never supposed to even be playing in the NFC Championship. They needed to win in Week 18 to get into the playoffs in the first place. Their remarkable postseason run should be celebrated, no matter how bad it hurts they fell one game short of the Super Bowl.
It's also worth mentioning Tartt's performances earlier in the playoffs are big reasons why the Niners got so far.