Detroit Lions dominate first quarter of NFC Championship Game with two touchdowns (videos)

The Detroit Lions dominated the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game, with a long scoring run from Jameson Williams followed by David Montgomery adding an early score.

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The San Francisco 49ers won the toss at the start of the NFC Championship Game, and they deferred. The Detroit Lions started with the ball, and wasted little time getting on the board.

After a couple runs by David Montgomery and a pass from Jared Goff to Sam LaPorta, offensive coordinator Ben Johnson dipped into his bag of tricks.

Wide receiver Jameson William took a toss from quarterback Jared Goff on an end-around off the right side. Center Frank Ragnow and left tackle Taylor Decker delivered nice blocks out in space, Williams stumbled a little, but got his balance and 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw could only get hold of the speedster's jersey before he scored.

Less than two minutes into the NFC Championship Game, the Lions were up 7-0.

Watch: Jameson Williams puts Lions on the board quickly with explosive touchdown run

The touchdown was the fourth of Williams’ young career. Of those four scores as a pro, three of them have gone for at least 35 yards.

Williams has been playing well lately, seeing more snaps and target volume as he has built trust with the Lions' coaching staff after a slow start to his career that was driven by a torn ACL before he drafted in 2022 and some issues with drops this year.

The 49ers ended their first offensive drive with a missed field goal by rookie kicker Jake Moody. The Lions then mounted an 11-play, 62-yard drive, capped by a touchdown run from David Montgomery.

A big play for a touchdown on a gadget play to Williams, then a more methodical scoring drive capped by a short touchdown run by Montgomery. Those two things epitomize the Lions' offense this year, and the various ways it can attack a defense. The 49ers' defense found it out right away and the hard way in the NFC Championship Game, in a first quarter that couldn't have been any better for Detroit.

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