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NFL Preview: Detroit Lions (14-5-0) at San Francisco 49ers (13-5-0)

STADIUM: Levi’s Stadium

REFEREE: Clete Blakeman

DATE: Sunday, January 28, 2024

GAME TIME: 6:30 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) DET: 82 or 225 SF: 158 or 227 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: SF leads series, 38-27-1

LAST GAME: 9/12/21: SF 41 at DET 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/16/18: DET 27 at SF 30

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Series tied, 1-1

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 12/31/83: DET 23 at SF 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: NFC-DIV 12/31/83

Detroit Lions

Playoff Record: 9-13

Championships: 4 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957)

Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/21/23: TB 23 at DET 31

San Francisco 49ers

Playoff Record: 37-23

Championships: 5 [1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII), 1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)]

Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/20/24: GB 21 at SF 24

HEAD COACHES NOTES: Dan Campbell vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 29-33-1 (.468) Postseason: 2-0. Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 2-0 Reg. Season: 64-51 (.557) Postseason: 7-3.

DETROIT LIONS NOTES:

• DETROIT makes 2nd NFC-C appearance in franchise history (1991). Tied franchise record with 12 reg. season wins & clinched 1st division title since 1993. Became 2nd team ever (2013 Broncos) with 4+ players (4) each with 10+ scrimmage TDs in same season.

• QB JARED GOFF aims for his 3rd in row in 2023 playoffs with 275+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Aims for his 5th playoff game in row with TD pass & 0 INTs. Ranked 2nd in pass yards (4,575) & 4th in TD passes (30) in 2023 reg. season. Passed for 338 yards & 3 TDs in last reg. season meeting (9/12/21). Has 2+ TD passes in each of his 4 career starts at SF.

• RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 115 scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2023 playoffs. Had 1,132 scrimmage yards (1,015 rush, 117 rec.) & career-high 13 rush TDs in 2023, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season.

• RB JAHMYR GIBBS had 114 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 40 rec.) & rush TD in NFC-Div. vs. TB. Can become 1st rookie with rush TD in each of 1st 3 playoff games since 2019 (Sony Michel). Ranked 1st among rookies in rush TDs (10), tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (11) & 3rd in scrimmage yards (1,261). Montgomery & Gibbs became the 1st pair of teammates in NFL history each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ rush TDs in same season.

• WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 8 catches for 77 yards & 1st-career postseason TD last week. Can become 1st player with 7+ catches in each of 1st 3 career playoff games since 2018 (Michael Thomas). Ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 119 catches, 3rd with career-high 1,515 rec. yards & had career-high 10 rec. TDs in 2023.

• TE SAM LAPORTA had 9 catches last week, most by rookie TE in playoff game all-time. Set NFL rookie TE record in receptions (86), had 4th-most rec. yards (889) by rookie TE all-time & became 3rd rookie TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs (10). Gibbs & LaPorta became the 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 10+ TDs.

• DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON aims for his 3rd in row in playoffs & 5th in row overall with sack. Had career highs in sacks (11.5) & TFL (14), FFs (3) & PD (7) in 2023.

• LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 17 of 18 games this season, incl. playoffs. Had career-high 129 tackles in 2023.

• DB BRIAN BRANCH had 1st-career playoff sack last week.

• DB C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had 1st-career playoff INT in NFC-Div.

• S IFEATU MELIFONWU had 1.5 sacks last week.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS NOTES:

• 49ERS have made NFC-C for 3rd-straight year & 4th time in past 5 seasons. Have 19 Champ. game appearances, most in NFL since 1970. Ranked 3rd in scoring offense (28.9 ppg) & scoring defense (17.5). Became 4th team ever with 4,000-yard passer & 4 players each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season.

• QB BROCK PURDY became 5th QB ever to win a playoff game in each of his 1st 2 seasons. Led NFL in rating (113.0), ranked 3rd in TD passes (31) & 5th in pass yards (4,280) in reg. season. Became 5th player ever with 8 games of 120+ rating in a season.

• RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches, 128 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Can become 3rd player ever (HOF’ers Marcus Allen & Terrell Davis) with 50+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of his 1st 6 career playoff games. Led NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) & rush yards (1,459) & tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (21) in reg. season.

• WR BRANDON AIYUK had 75 receptions for career-high 1,342 rec. yards (7th-most in NFL this season) & 7 rec. TDs in reg. season.

• WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 60 catches, 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 rec., 225 rush) & 12 TDs (7 rec., 5 rush) in reg. season. Had 9 catches for 189 yards & rec. TD in last meeting.

• WR JAUAN JENNINGS had 5 catches for 61 yards last week.

• TE GEORGE KITTLE had 81 rec. yards & 2nd-career playoff rec. TD last week. Had 65 catches for 1,020 rec. yards (most among TEs in 2023) & 6 rec. TDs in reg. season. 49ers became 1st team ever with RB, 2 WRs & TE each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season.

• DL NICK BOSA had 10.5 sacks & 16 TFL in reg. season. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in 10 career playoff games. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting.

• DL JAVON HARGRAVE had 7 sacks & 8 TFL in reg. season.

• DL ARIK ARMSTEAD has 7 sacks in 10 career playoff games. LB FRED WARNER led the team with 132 tackles & had career highs in PD (11) & INTs (4) in reg. season. Aims for his 4th in row in playoffs with TFL & 11th in row in playoffs with 5+ tackles.

• LB DRE GREENLAW had 8 tackles & 2 INTs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Had INT-TD in last meeting. Had 120 tackles in reg. season.

• CB CHARVARIUS WARD led NFL with career-high 23 PD & had career-high 5 INTs in reg. season. Has 13 PD in 15 career playoff games.

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