LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – In the first half of the NFC championship game, the Detroit Lions could do no wrong.
They could run, they could pass and they had at least 10 plays of 10+ yards, including a 42-yard run to put the Lions on the board first.
It was the first of many as Detroit went to the locker room with a 24-7 lead.
With a three-point lead, Lions fans really started to get their hopes up. ESPN’s game tracker showed the Lions’ win probability was as high as 91.5% with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
Then the second half came and the Lions couldn’t do anything right. The third downs that turned into first downs so easily earlier in the night turned into fourth downs.
Then, a play that broke their backs – and their hopes: what should have been a great interception bounced off the helmet of the Lion who should have caught the ball – and bounced into the hands of a 49er.
The San Francisco team scored 27 unanswered points, including 17 in 12 minutes in a deadly third quarter, to take a 34-24 lead.
The Lions scored a touchdown with less than a minute left to close the gap, but it was the closest they would get.
The 49ers recovered the onside kick that was the Lions’ last gasp. The final score: 49ers 34, Lions 31.
It was a heartbreaking end to a magical season for the Lions, who went 3-13-1 just a few years ago.
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