The 49ers host the Lions in the penultimate game of the season. After losing back-to-back NFC Championship games, the Niners hope this one winds up with a different result.
The San Francisco 49ers hope a third time winds up being a charm, at least concerning the NFC Championship game. After all, head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad has been there in each of the previous two seasons, only to see dreams of making it to the Super Bowl collapse in tandem with a Niners loss, first to the Los Angeles Rams and then to the Philadelphia Eagles in back-to-back years.
This time, the Detroit Lions make their championship-game return for the first time since 1991.
San Francisco would like nothing more than to put Detroit's feel-good story under head coach Dan Campbell to bed while perpetuating quarterback Jared Goff's history of struggling against his boyhood team.
That said, Campbell's defense clamps down on the 49ers' preferred offensive approach, the run game, which means quarterback Brock Purdy and his array of weapons will want to take advantage of what's seen as a weakish Detroit pass defense.
Those stories and more make for what should be an enticing NFC Championship game on Jan. 28, and Niner Noise breaks down what else you'll want to know in advance of this showdown.
When and where is the NFC Championship game being played?
The 2024 NFC Championship will be at the Niners' home venue at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 28.
49ers injury report for NFC Championship game
The biggest news from San Francisco's injury list leading up to Sunday is that wide receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder) has been cleared from the injury report and will play against the Lions.
Samuel suffered his shoulder injury during the 49ers' divisional-round win over the Green Bay Packers, which created some worry about him missing an additional week.
With Samuel back in the fray, Shanahan's injury list is short:
- DT Kalia Davis (ankle): Questionable
- LB Oren Burks (shoulder): Questionable
The Lions, meanwhile, ruled out starting guard Jonah Jackson (knee) and wide receiver Kalif Raymond (knee) for the game.
49ers vs. Lions game weather and forecast for NFC Championship
Unlike last week when the 49ers had to contend not only with a surging Packers team but also with inclement weather, the forecast for Sunday's showdown at Levi's Stadium is excellent.
Kickoff temperature is predicted to be 71 degrees, while the skies are partly cloudy with zero percent chance of rain.
Winds will be light, northwesterly at five miles per hour.
49ers vs. Lions betting odds, spread and over/under for NFC Championship game
The spread hasn't moved much since opening, as the Niners are still seven-point home favorites, according to the oddsmakers at FanDuel.
San Francisco's moneyline is -360, and Detroit's moneyline is +280.
The over/under for the game predicts a high-scoring affair and is 51.5.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
NFC Championship game TV channel
Fox will broadcast Sunday's NFC Championship game between the 49ers and Lions.
Kevin Burkhardt will do play-by-play analysis with Greg Olsen on color commentary. Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will be on the sidelines.
The game will air nationwide.
NFC Championship game live stream
Fans who wish to stream the game can do so via fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial for first-time users.
Fox Sports will also stream the game on their website.
How to listen to 49ers vs. Lions NFC Championship game on the radio
The Niners' flagship stations, KNBR 680 AM and 107.7 The Bone FM will broadcast the game on the radio where Bay Area fans can tune into Greg Papa and Tim Ryan on the call.
Sacramento-area fans can listen to the same broadcast on KHTK 1140 AM.
The national broadcast will be on Westwood One Sports with Kevin Harlan and Kurt Warner on the call.