49ers storm back in second half to stun Lions, reach Super Bowl

Christian McCaffrey rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns, including the tying score during the San Francisco 49ers’ comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit, as they defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31 for the NFC Championship on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.The result sends San Francisco, the conference’s top seed, to Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11 against Kansas City, which won earlier Sunday 17-10 at Baltimore. It will be a rematch of Super Bowl LIV, which the Chiefs won 31-20.The 49ers scored on their first five possessions of the second half, taking the lead for good when Jake Moody drilled a 33-yard field goal with 9:52 left to make it 27-24.After Detroit eschewed a 48-yard field goal and failed on a fourth-and-3 gamble from the San Francisco 30, the 49ers clinched the win with Elijah Mitchell’s 3-yard touchdown run with 3:02 left.Jared Goff fired a 3-yard scoring strike to Jameson Williams with 56 seconds remaining, but a penalty on the onside kick sealed the outcome.Brock Purdy completed 20 of 31 passes for 267 yards with a touchdown and an interception for San Francisco. Goff was 25 of 41 for 273 yards with a score for the Lions, who were aiming to make their first Super Bowl.The 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk corralled an improbable 51-yard reception in the third quarter after Purdy’s deep pass bounced off a Detroit defender’s facemask. Aiyuk caught a 6-yard touchdown two plays later to cut the margin to 24-17.