The Lions are one of just four teams never to have played in a Super Bowl, therefore their AFC Championship title-deciding clash with the 49ers on today is a very big deal. The odds are stacked against Dan Campbell’s men, who are up against the conference’s No.1 seed in their own backyard – and the Niners have even had an extra day of rest – but this Detroit team has taken utmost pleasure in breaking the mould all season.
What’s more, anybody who watched these teams in action last weekend might hesitate to call the 49ers the clear favourites. They came within a whisker of being dumped out by the Packers in what would have been an almighty shock, and for all the greatness of Christian McCaffrey, one of the Lions defense's key strengths is stopping the run. Deebo Samuel has been cleared to play, and his performance could be a huge factor.
The winning team will lift the George Halas Trophy and face the Chiefs in the Super Bowl in two weeks' time.
|AUS stream: 7Plus (FREE)
|UK stream: NFL Game Pass / Sky Sports
|US stream: Fox
What time is kickoff?
Lions vs 49ers kickoff is today, Sunday, January 28, at 6.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT / 11.30pm GMT. In Australia, that's 10.30am AEDT on Monday, January 29.
Lions vs 49ers news and venue
This is the first ever meeting between Goff, the first pick in the 2016 Draft, and Purdy, the last pick in the 2022 Draft.
The game will be played at the 49ers' sun-soaked Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Lions inactives: QB Hendon Hooker, WR Kalif Raymond, G Jonah Jackson, DL Charles Harris, DL Brodric Martin, CB Steven Gilmore, S Tracy Walker
49ers inactives: QB Brandon Allen, WR Willie Snead, WR Ronnie Bell, T Matt Pryor, LB Curtis Robinson, LB Jalen Graham, CB Sam Womack
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