Take Two for January 3, 2013

'Best Of Rivals' looks at the greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history

San Francisco 49ers vs. Phoenix Cardinals

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Quarterbacks Steve Young #8 and Joe Montana #16 of the San Francisco 49ers discuss strategy with head coach Bill Walsh during the game against the Phoenix Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium on Novemer 6, 1988 in Tempe, Arizona. The Cardinals won 24-23.

WALSH AND MONTANA

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San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana talks with head coach Bill Walsh, as backup quarterback Steve Young listens, during the 49ers game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.


This weekend, football fans will be glued to the TV screen for the start of playoff season in the NFL. While the recipe for success for most championship caliber teams is to be led by an elite level quarterback, it never hurts to have a solid back-up.

But, what if a team has two great QBs? You might think it's a good problem, but in most cases the rivalry and resentment it causes rips a team to shreds. From 1987 to 1994, the San Francisco 49ers had that exact problem and not only made it work, they made it win.

Adam Lazarus, author of the new book "Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the Inside Story behind the NFL's Greatest Quarterback Controversy," joins the show.


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