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Brandon Aiyuk credits ladybug for miraculous catch that sparked 49ers comeback vs. Lions in NFC championship

During the NFC Championship game, Brandon Aiyuk made a game-changing catch, covering 51 yards, although he was tackled just shy of the end zone. While it didn’t result in a touchdown, this play marked a pivotal moment for the San Francisco 49ers, narrowing Detroit’s lead to 24-17. This shift in momentum was crucial as the 49ers were trailing 24-7 at halftime.

The game turned further in favor of the 49ers when they forced a fumble on Detroit’s next possession, converting it into a touchdown by Christian McCaffrey. Suddenly, the Lions’ 17-point lead vanished. With a field goal and another touchdown, the 49ers secured a lead they maintained till the end.

After the game, Aiyuk attributed his success to a pregame encounter with a ladybug, often seen as a symbol of good luck. According to him, the ladybug on his shoe signaled that “God was with us today.” Despite superstitions, Aiyuk’s remarkable catch showcased his focus and determination, playing a vital role in the 49ers’ victory.

With this win, the 49ers secured their second Super Bowl appearance in five seasons, setting the stage for a rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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