NFC championship game updates: 49ers rally to tie Lions


Lions receiver Jameson Williams gets Sunday's NFC championship started with a 42-yard touchdown run.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Detroit Lions dominated the ball and the scoreboard in a stunning first half in San Francisco.

They won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball while rumbling to 148 first-half rushing yards against a strong 49ers defensive front en route to a 24-7 halftime lead. Can the they keep it up to make it two upsets of No. 1 seeds in two games on Sunday? Or will the 49ers mount a rally in the second half?

The winner gets the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Follow along as Yahoo Sports provides the latest news, scores and highlights from the NFC championship game.

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    15 minutes to go in San Francisco. The winner will head to Las Vegas, where the Chiefs are waiting.

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    I have no idea how Brock Purdy pulled this off. What a move to kick off the 49ers’ drive.

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    Reynolds drops a perfect pass, the the 49ers have forced a three-and-out. This is turning into a true meltdown for the Lions.

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    The Lions were up by 17 points at halftime. 12 minutes later, it’s a tie game. What a third quarter showing for the 49ers.

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    And Christian McCaffrey gets his second touchdown of the day. We’ve suddenly got a tie game. Wow.

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    Brock Purdy won’t go down! He’s got the 49ers inside the 5 yard line now late in the third quarter.

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    The Lions just fumbled on their first play, and it’s 49ers ball. What a turn of events in the Bay.

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    And Brandon Aiyuk gets the touchdown to cap that wild drive for San Francisco. The 49ers are suddenly right back in this game.

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    Brandon Aiyuk with the catch of the year! He comes up with a wild deep grab that bounced off a facemask to put the 49ers in scoring position.

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    Big stop for the 49ers. Lions go for it on fourth-and-2 from the San Francisco 28. Jared Goff’s pass falls incomplete, and San Francisco takes over on downs. A 45-yard field goal would have extended Detroit’s lead to three possessions.

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    San Francisco gets points, but not a touchdown. Brock Purdy’s third-down pass to Jauan Jennings sails, forcing a Jake Moody field goal. This time, Moody converts from 43 yards. Lions lead, 24-10 early in the third.

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    The 49ers have the ball to start the first half. They need a touchdown here.

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    The Lions dominated the ball and the box score in addition to the first-half scoreboard. Significant stats after 30 minutes of football:

    Lions: 148 rushing yards on 7 yards per carry
    49ers: 38 rushing yards on 2.9 yards per carry
    Lions total offense: 280 yards
    49ers total offense: 131 yards
    Lions time of possession: 18:09
    49ers time of possession: 11:52

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    And that’s the half. Detroit leads 24-7 after a dominant first half. This is a stunner.

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    The 49ers force fourth-and-goal which amounts to a win at this point for San Francisco. Dan Campbell opts for the chip shot field goal to make it a three-possession game rather than roll the dice. Michael Badgley converts from 21 yards to extend Detroit’s lead to 24-7 just before halftime.

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    Another big conversion for Detroit. Nick Bosa backed Detroit up with his second sack of Jared Goff, but Goff found Amon-Ra St. Brown for a conversion on third-and-18.

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    The Lions just picked up a third-and-12 conversion — on a run play. Jahmyr Gibbs finds the first down on a run off the left edge. Detroit’s dominating the line of scrimmage.

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    Chase Young sets the edge, and the 49ers finally get a win on a run play. Tackles Jahmyr Gibbs for a two-yard loss.

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    Detroit’s offensive line is bullying San Francisco’s defensive front. David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs are both picking up big chunks.

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    San Franciso’s offense is out of sorts. Detroit forces a three-and-out after picking off Brock Purdy the previous possession. Lions lead, 21-7 and have the ball with 4:59 remaining in the first half.



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