San Francisco staged the second-biggest comeback in playoff history, overcoming a 24-point deficit in a game that was as controversial as it was dramatic. The 49ers trailed 38-14 with four minutes left in the third quarter, then rallied for 25 straight points behind Jeff Garcia, who ran for one score and threw for two -- the last a 13-yard strike to Tai Steets with a minute to play. The Giants positioned themselves for a 41-yard field-goal attempt with six seconds left, but Trey Junkin's low snap set off a wild chain of events that culminated with holder Matt Allen throwing a desperation pass. New York was penalized for illegal men downfield, ending the game. The league later admitted the 49ers should have been called for pass interference, which would have resulted in a do-over.
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