The 49ers' rally from a 17-point deficit was the largest in the history of the NFC Championship game, and the seventh-largest in NFL playoff history. Here are the top six:

1. Buffalo Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38

AFC wild card

Jan. 3, 1993, at Buffalo

Largest deficit: 32 points

Recap: The Bills trailed 35-3 at halftime before winning in overtime.

2. 49ers 39, New York Giants 38

NFC wild card

Jan. 5, 2003, at San Francisco

Largest deficit: 24 points

Recap: The 49ers scored the final 25 points after trailing 38-14.

3. Detroit Lions 31, 49ers 27

Western Conference playoffs

Dec. 22, 1957, at San Francisco

Largest deficit: 20 points

Recap: The Lions rattled off 24 straight points after they trailed the 49ers 27-7 in the third quarter.

4T. Dallas Cowboys 30, 49ers 28

NFC divisional playoffs

Dec. 23, 1972, at San Francisco

Largest deficit: 18 points

Recap: Roger Staubach completed a Cowboys rally from a 21-3 second-quarter deficit by connecting on two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

4T. Miami Dolphins 24, Cleveland Browns 21

AFC divisional playoffs

Jan. 4, 1986, at Miami

Largest deficit: 18 points

Recap: The Dolphins scored the final 21 points of the game as quarterback Dan Marino engineered an 18-point comeback.


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4T. Indianapolis Colts 38, New England Patriots 34

AFC Championship game

Jan. 21, 2007, at Indianapolis

Largest deficit: 18 points

Recap: Peyton Manning guided the Colts to their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1970 season after trailing by 18 points in the second quarter.