SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Not even in grade school, Tom Brady cried from his seat at The Stick when Dwight Clark made "The Catch."
The New England quarterback had so counted on playing at Candlestick Park in 2008, his first NFL game back home in the Bay Area against the 49ers team he watched Joe Montana lead when Brady was a boy.
Then, a season-ending knee injury spoiled his plans. He can't quite believe it took until age 39 and his 17th NFL season to finally get a shot on San Francisco's home field.
"I had everything arranged and set up before the season for my family and friends, and then I got hurt," Brady said. "So it is [shocking], it...