A surprising second-half comeback from 17 factors down noticed the San Francisco 49ers finish the Detriot Lions’ goals of reaching their first Tremendous Bowl with a 34-31 win in Sunday’s NFC Championship Sport.
Dashing touchdowns from Jameson Williams, David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs helped the Lions right into a 24-7 lead at half-time at Levi’s Stadium, with the host 49ers struggling to get occurring offense other than a solitary landing from Christian McCaffrey.
However a weird sequence of occasions noticed San Francisco wipe out that deficit within the area of eight minutes within the third quarter as Brandon Aiyuk reeled in a move to attain and McCaffrey burst by means of for his twenty fifth landing of the season.
A area aim from Jake Moody and one other speeding landing from Elijah Mitchell within the ultimate quarter made it 27 unanswered factors from the house facet and though Williams grabbed a late landing, there was no stopping the 49ers from reserving a visit to Las Vegas to face the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in a Tremendous Bowl LIV rematch in two weeks’ time.
In search of to succeed in the NFL’s showpiece recreation for the primary time within the Tremendous Bowl period, the Lions might hardly have requested for a greater begin as their opening drive was completed off by a 42-yard rush from Williams for a landing.
San Francisco kicker Moody then missed a 48-yard area aim try after Detroit’s protection stopped the house facet’s first drive, and the Lions responded by placing collectively an 11-play, 62-yard drive which was completed by Montgomery bursting over from one yard out.
A 23-yard reception from Kyle Juszczyk on the finish of the primary quarter helped arrange the 49ers to strike again early within the second with McCaffrey working in from two yards for his facet’s first landing of the sport.
However Malcolm Rodrigues’ interception from a tipped move by Brock Purdy, even with the Lions being hit with a 15-yard penalty for an unlawful blindside block by CJ Gardner-Johnson, arrange Detroit for his or her third landing as Gibbs ghosted by means of the 49ers protection on a 15-yard run.
A conversion for a primary down on third-and-16 then arrange Michael Badgley to kick a 21-yard area aim simply earlier than half-time and ship the Lions into the break with a 17-point lead, though that was trimmed by three factors because of Moody’s 43-yard area aim early within the third quarter.
Detroit’s failure to transform on fourth down was adopted by San Francisco making it a one-possession recreation after Aiyuk seized on a chunk of fine fortune, making the catch after Purdy’s throw hit Kindle Vildor within the facemask and bounced up kindly for the receiver inside 5 yards of the endzone, after which catching for a TD three performs later.
Issues went from unhealthy to worse for the Lions straight after the restart as Arik Armstead recovered a fumble by Gibbs and the 49ers marched downfield for working again McCaffrey to seize his second landing of the sport on a one-yard run, adopted by Moody’s additional level levelling the sport.
Moody kicked the 49ers forward for the primary time with 9.52 remaining within the fourth quarter, whereas one other failed fourth-down conversion try from the Lions was adopted by one other drive from the hosts which ended with Mitchell speeding from shut vary for a landing with simply over three minutes to go.
The Lions managed to place collectively a drive which led to Jared Goff discovering Williams with a three-yard move for a landing contained in the two-minute warning, however their failure to get well the onside kick allowed San Francisco to see out the sport and proceed their seek for a primary Tremendous Bowl win since 1995.
- Passing: Jared Goff, 25/41, 273 yards, 1 TD.
- Dashing: David Montgomery, 15 carries, 93 yards, 1 TD.
- Receiving: Sam LaPorta, 9 catches, 97 yards; Amon-Ra St Brown, 7 catches, 87 yards.
San Francisco 49ers
- Passing: Brock Purdy, 20/31, 297 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
- Dashing: Christian McCaffrey, 20 carries, 90 yards, 2 TD.
- Receiving: Deebo Samuel, 8 catches, 89 yards.
|LIONS 7-0 49ERS
|Jameson Williams 42-yard rush (additional level)
|LIONS 14-0 49ERS
|David Montgomery 1-yard rush (additional level)
|LIONS 14-7 49ERS
|Christian McCaffrey 2-yard rush (additional level)
|LIONS 21-7 49ERS
|Jahmyr Gibbs 15-yard rush (additional level)
|LIONS 24-7 49ERS
|Michael Badgley 21-yard area aim
|LIONS 24-10 49ERS
|Jake Moody 43-yard area aim
|LIONS 24-17 49ERS
|Brock Purdy 6-yard move to Brandon Aiyuk (additional level)
|LIONS 24-24 49ERS
|Christian McCaffrey 1-yard rush (additional level)
|LIONS 24-27 49ERS
|Jake Moody 33-yard area aim
|LIONS 24-34 49ERS
|Elijah Mitchell 3-yard rush (additional level)
|LIONS 31-34 49ERS
|Jared Goff 3-yard move to Jameson Williams (additional level)
The 49ers face the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at Tremendous Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 11, in a rematch of the sport from 4 years in the past when the Chiefs triumphed 31-20. Construct-up begins at 10pm dwell on Sky Sports activities NFL forward of kickoff at 11.30pm from Allegiant Stadium.