Photos: San Francisco 49ers beat the Detroit Lions to win NFC Championship and head to Superbowl LVIII

The San Francisco 49ers came from behind to defeat the Detroit Lions and will head to Las Vegas to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Superbowl LVIII on Feb. 11.

Sunday’s comeback matched the biggest in NFC Championship Game history, which also came from the 49ers when their 2012 team rallied from 17 points down in Atlanta and advanced to the Super Bowl.

Their 34-31 triumph over the Lions required a comeback from, of all scores, a 24-7 halftime deficit. The Chiefs advanced to their fourth Super Bowl in five years via a 17-10 upset of the Baltimore Ravens.

“There’s been unfinished business for a while. Our team was set up for this for a while,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. ” … I can’t wait to get to Vegas.”

Bay Area News Group reporter Cam Inmam contributed to this report.

Former San Francisco 49ers player Joe Montana is handed the The George Halas trophy after the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) gets a hug following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
The San Francisco 49ers, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) and San Francisco 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey (23) and San Francisco 49ers’ Deebo Samuel (19) pose following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Deebo Samuel (19) leaves the field following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
The San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders celebrate in the confetti after winning the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) hugs his wife Claire following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers fans celebrate after a touchdown by San Francisco 49ers’ Elijah Mitchell (25) against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) hugs his fiancee Jenna Brandt after winning the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
From left to right, San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85), San Francisco 49ers’ Trent Williams (71), San Francisco 49ers’ Deebo Samuel (19) and San Francisco 49ers’ Fred Warner (54) celebrate following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan waves to the crowd as he leaves the field following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Trent Williams (71) gets a hug following their 34-31 win against the Detroit Lions for the NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) runs for a first down while being chased by Detroit Lions’ C.J. Gardner-Johnson (2) in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) celebrates his touchdown with San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter of their NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey (23) is tackled out of bounds near the end zone in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Detroit Lions’ Cam Sutton (1) breaks up a pass to San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) in the first quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Deebo Samuel (19) is tackled Detroit Lions’ Kerby Joseph (31) in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) celebrates a touchdown with San Francisco 49ers’ Trent Williams (71) and San Francisco 49ers’ Jon Feliciano (55) by San Francisco 49ers’ Elijah Mitchell (25) against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) scores a touchdown in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) and San Francisco 49ers’ Aaron Banks (65) celebrate Aiyuk’s touchdown in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) runs for a first down in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
A Detroit Lions fan cheers in the first quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) catches a pass after it had been deflected in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Fireworks explode during pregame ceremonies before the San Francisco 49ers NFC Championship Game against the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 
Detroit Lions’ Josh Reynolds (8) can’t hang on to a pass in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers fan reacts after a touchdown by the Detroit Lions in the second quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) dives over Detroit Lions’ Cam Sutton (1) in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa (97) celebrates a fourth down in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Jauan Jennings (15) catches a pass over Detroit Lions’ Jack Campbell (46) in the third quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
Detroit Lions fans smile for the camera before the start of the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Detroit Lions’ Jahmyr Gibbs (26) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers’ Fred Warner (54) and Javon Kinlaw (99) in the first quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
A Detroit Lions fan reacts in the first quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes in the first quarter of their NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions fans cheer in the first quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) fails to catch a pass while being guarded by Detroit Lions’ Kindle Vildor (29) in the second quarter of their NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco 49ers fans sit in the stands before the start of the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

 

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