John Lynch and Jed York Reflect on 49ers’ Legendary Comeback in the NFC Championship Game

With 2024 mandatory mini camps underway, John Lynch and Jed York reflected on the 49ers' NFC Championship comeback.

The San Francisco 49ers fell short in Super Bowl 58, but the road there was a legendary one. With 2024 mandatory minicamps becoming underway, both John Lynch and Jed York reflected on their legendary comeback in the NFC Championship game.

49ers’ Front Office Looks Back on Comeback Win in NFC Championship

To get to the Super Bowl, the 49ers had to overcome a big halftime deficit in the second half of the NFC Championship Game. Coming out of the locker room, the Detroit Lions led 24-7, a 17-point lead. However, that didn’t stop the 49ers from outscoring the Lions 27-7 in the second half.

According to York, the 49ers’ CEO, Joe Montana was in his suite during the game and predicted that the 49ers would come back and win.

“I think we’re going to win. I think Brock [Purdy] is going to come out and play a hell of a second half,” Montana said, according to York.

Lynch said it was the first time he went down to the locker room at halftime as a general manager. He added that Deebo Samuel Sr. looked at him and said, “Tell them to get me the ball.” Samuel ended up finishing that game with eight receptions for 89 yards.

This wasn’t the first time Samuel’s call for the ball has been talked about; York mentioned it back in February on the Up & Adams Show.

“Lynch went down to the locker room at halftime … and he said, ‘Deebo is just sitting there, just shaking saying, ‘Just tell Kyle to get me the damn ball,”” York said.

Revisiting the 49ers’ Road to Super Bowl 58

The road to making Super Bowl 58 started with a dominant regular season. The 49ers finished first in the NFC West with a 12-5 record, earning the conference’s top seed. As a result, they got a bye week to recover.

Then came the Divisional Round, with the 49ers facing the Green Bay Packers fresh off of an upset over the second-seed Dallas Cowboys. While it was close in the first half, the Packers led 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter. However, a 10-0 shutout in the fourth quarter was enough to take a 24-21 victory, advancing to the NFC Championship Game.

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Then came the infamous game against the Lions. The game started fast with the Lions scoring 14 in the first quarter and 10 more in the second. However, the 49ers scored just one touchdown in the first half. Despite that, they scored 17 right out of the gate to tie the game. They then outscored the Lions 10-7 in the fourth quarter to win it.

In a game with many big moments, not many were more memorable than Brandon Aiyuk’s catch to put the 49ers in scoring position. After deflecting off of a defender’s facemask, Aiyuk adjusted to make the catch.

Recapping the 49ers’ Offseason

Having fallen short in 2023, the 49ers’ offseason goal has been to improve and get back to the Super Bowl again in 2024. That started with free agency, adding Leonard Floyd, De’Vondre Campbell, Maliek Collins, Yetur Gross-Matos, Jordan Elliott, Joshua Dobbs, Rock Ya-Sin, Isaac Yiadom, and Brandon Parker, among others.

Floyd joined the team on a two-year deal worth up to $24 million while Collins was acquired via a trade with the Houston Texans. Additionally, they re-signed Jon Feliciano, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Kevin Givens, and Chris Conley.

Beyond acquiring talent, the 49ers also extended multiple players already in-house. First was Jauan Jennings, getting a one-year extension worth up to $15.4 million, followed by Christian McCaffrey, who received a two-year extension averaging $19 million per year.

The 49ers also added eight new players in the 2024 NFL Draft. With their first-round pick, they took Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall. The rest of their draft picks included Renardo Green, Dominick Puni, Malik Mustapha, Isaac Guerendo, Jacob Cowing, Jarrett Kingston, and Tatum Bethune.

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While most of the offseason was positive, there was also a fair share of rumors, specifically regarding Aiyuk. It was widely believed Aiyuk could be on the trade block, with the 49ers looking to move him rather than paying what would be a massive contract extension.

However, the 49ers’ front office has continued to deny this, claiming they are working with Aiyuk’s team to come to terms on an extension, aiming to keep him in San Francisco.

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