SANTA CLARA — The 49ers won. That’s the most important fact about this game.
Not the fact they almost blew a 17-point lead to the Detroit Lions with fewer than 12 minutes remaining.
Not the fact the 49ers almost lost when Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception the officials called back.
Those were mere footnotes. Tiny pieces of trivia. Here’s what matters: The 49ers didn’t blow their lead, Garoppolo’s interception didn’t count and the 49ers won 30-27.
Had they lost, their record would have been 0-2. They would have had a nine percent chance to make the playoffs this season. Only six of 71 teams that started 0-2 have reached the playoffs since 2009. The 49ers’ season probably would have been over.
Instead, the Lions season probably is over. Their record is 0-2. The 49ers are 1-1. They’re alive.
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