49ers' potential defensive X-factors vs. Lions in NFC Championship game

These 49ers key defensive elements could be the difference-makers against the Lions in order to advance to the Super Bowl.

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers
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49ers' Nick Bosa could Im-'Bosa problem' on the Lions

Edge Nick Bosa has been a stalwart for San Francisco since joining the team in 2019. Against the Packers last week, he had three tackles to go along with five quarterback hits.

He was able to get to opposing quarterbacks with success with 10.5 sacks this year. Bosa has at least 10 sacks in each of the last three seasons in addition to a pair of forced fumbles.

San Francisco is paying Bosa big money to produce for the 49ers as they look to qualify for their third NFC Championship in a row. Along with Greenlaw, Kinlaw, Warner and Co., the Niners are hungry to slay the Lions and return to the Super Bowl.

The key is to pressure Goff into making bad throws as he has 12 interceptions during the regular season. The 49ers look to also capitalize on covering rookies in running back Jahmyr Gibbs and tight end Sammy LaPorta.

This game could come down to the wire again. San Francisco has the weapons to create turnovers and get to the quarterback often.

Goff has thrown three touchdowns and zero picks with nearly a 75-percent completion rate. However, he has been sacked five times in two playoff games already.

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