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The Detroit Lions are within the midst of a magical season as they put together to face the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Championship Recreation. 

Detroit is seeking to attain the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time in franchise historical past, one among solely 4 NFL groups to by no means attain the large recreation.

A fan holds up a big foam finger that claims, “#1 Fan Lions” throughout an NFL NFC Divisional playoff soccer recreation between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions on January 21, 2024, at Ford Area in Detroit, Michigan. (Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

The dream of taking part in within the Tremendous Bowl has turn out to be a actuality for long-suffering followers of the Lions, however for one household, it comes with a twist. 

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49ers kicker Jake Moody is from Northville, MI, a city roughly 30 miles outdoors of Detroit. Moody was chosen within the third spherical of the 2023 NFL Draft by the 49ers after 5 years with the Michigan Wolverines.

His dad and mom, Chad and Lisa, are each followers of the Lions and have a tough name in entrance of them, although each have already made their resolution. 

“It’s robust, however we’re going to root for the 49ers,” Chad informed Detroit Native 4 Information. “Our son’s on the workforce, so in fact, we’re going to root for our son’s workforce.”

Jake Moody walks off the field

San Francisco 49ers place kicker Jake Moody (4) walks off the sphere after the NFL skilled soccer recreation between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers on January 7, 2024, at Lev’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  (Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

“The second a workforce performs in opposition to my son, I’m going to root for my son, in fact. I needed to do the identical factor with Michigan vs. Michigan State, and I did OK with that,” mentioned Lisa.

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Chad Moody, who says he’s been a Lions’ fan “principally since start,” informed Detroit Native 4 Information that his dad and mom used to take him to coaching camp within the Seventies. 

Whereas he’ll be rooting for the 49ers on Sunday, if Detroit manages to beat San Francisco, the Detroit gear will likely be making a direct comeback. 

“Nevertheless, if the 49ers do occur to lose, I’ll be breaking out my Lions gear and cheering for them within the Superbowl, in fact,” Chad mentioned.

Jake Moody has related on 21 of 25 area aim makes an attempt this season, with an extended of 57 yards. 

Jake Moody warms up

San Francisco 49ers place kicker Jake Moody (4) warms up through the recreation between the San Fransisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 3, 2023, at Lincoln Monetary Area.  (Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

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For Detroit quarterback Jared Goff, the journey to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is a go to again dwelling. Goff grew up within the San Francisco Bay Space and attended Cal Berkeley. 

“It’ll be enjoyable to have the ability to play an enormous recreation there, however I’ve performed there fairly a couple of occasions, and we’ll have some family and friends there,” Goff mentioned with a shrug. “It’ll be cool.”

The Lions and 49ers kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.