1706598511 49ers39 stunning comeback makes NFL history and 13 more crazy

49ers' stunning comeback makes NFL history and 13 more crazy stats from the AFC and NFC championship games – CBS Sports


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The San Francisco 49ers made NFL history with their wild comeback victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The 49ers trailed around halftime before rallying for a wild 34-31 victory. The 17-point comeback was the largest comeback from a halftime deficit in conference title game history.

Every Sunday night I get an email from our research department here at CBS Sports and this was one of 13 wild stats they sent me about Sunday's games.

With that in mind, here are 13 more crazy facts from the conference title games:

  • 49ers pull off biggest comeback in NFC title game history. The 49ers' 17-point comeback against the Lions was the greatest NFC title game comeback in NFL history. The 49ers' only other 17-point comeback also came in a win over the Falcons in 2012 (the largest comeback in AFC title game history is 18 points).
  • The 49ers get Lucky 38. The victory over the Lions was the 38th playoff victory in franchise history for the 49ers, the most of any team in NFL history. Previously, the 49ers tied the Packers and Patriots for the most hits of all time with 37.
  • Purdy good. With the 49ers win, Brock Purdy now has four career playoff wins, which is the second-most in NFL history for a player in his first two seasons. Only Ben Roethlisberger (5) has more and Purdy can tie him with a Super Bowl victory over the Chiefs. Purdy also earned at least one win against every NFC team that made the playoffs, making him the first QB since Joe Montana in 1984 to achieve this feat.
  • The Lions receiver makes a run. Jameson Williams scored on a 42-yard run against the 49ers, which was the third-longest touchdown run by a receiver in the playoffs of all time, behind only James Lofton (71-yard run in the division in 1982) and Ahmad Merritt ( 47-yard run). in 2001 Divisional).
  • The Lions' road problems continue in the Bay. The Lions have now lost 14 consecutive road games against the 49ers, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. The 49ers haven't lost a home game to the Lions since 1975.
  • Chiefs create AFC title game rarity. The Chiefs scored exactly zero points in the second half, becoming the first team since the 2010 Steelers to go scoreless in the second half of an AFC title game and still win.
  • Kelce catches Jerry Rice. With 11 catches against the Ravens, Travis Kelce now has 156 catches in his postseason career, which is the MOST in NFL history. He passed Jerry Rice, who finished his career at 151. Kelce also now has 14 playoff games with at least one TD, tied with Rice for the most in NFL history.
  • Mahomes is magical. The Chiefs QB will become the first player to start in four Super Bowls before turning 30. He also won his 14th postseason game, which is also the third-most in NFL history, behind only Tom Brady (35) and Joe Montana (16).
  • Lamar Jackson loses again in the playoffs. With the loss to the Chiefs, the Ravens quarterback now has a career postseason record of 2-4, which is the fifth-worst record of all time for any QB who has started at least five games.
  • Ravens can't get over the mountain. The Ravens have won 66 games over the past six seasons, which is the second-most in NFL history for a team that did not make the Super Bowl in those six seasons. Only the Chargers, who had 67 wins between 2004 and 2009, won more without reaching the Super Bowl.
  • Chiefs can play in a row. The Chiefs have a chance to become the NFL's first returning Super Bowl champions since 2003-04, when the Patriots faced off.
  • Reid vs. Shanahan, Part II. This is only the fourth time in NFL history that two coaches have met in a Super Bowl at least twice. We haven't seen this since Tom Coughlin's Giants played Bill Belichick's Patriots twice in five seasons.
  • Never bet against Mahomes. The Chiefs quarterback is now 0-3 in his career as a playoff underdog, which is impressive considering he now has as many underdog wins in the postseason as Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Steve Young and Jim Kelly TOGETHER. These four Hall of Famers entered the playoffs as 3-25 underdogs.
  • As things stand, Mahomes could once again be an underdog in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs started as a 2.5-point dog, but after bettors beat Kansas City early, the Chiefs are now just a 1-point dog. You can read our full early Super Bowl odds story here.