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Byline: Dennis Georgatos
SAN FRANCISCO _ Jerry Rice's day was Terrell Owens' time.
Even as the crowd chanted for Rice and the 49ers legend bade an emotional farewell, Owens cemented himself as a worthy successor with a record-breaking performance of his own.
Playing in almost certainly his last home game in a 49ers uniform, Rice fought double coverage for much of Sunday. Owens ran free through the secondary, catching 20 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 17-0 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Owens, who was named to his first Pro Bowl last week, eclipsed the NFL mark of 18 receptions by the Los Angeles Rams' Tom Fears against Green Bay on Dec.3, 1950. Rice held the 49ers record with 16 catches against the Rams on Nov.20, 1994.
"Today was very special, and what I did by no means overshadows …