As the San Francisco 49ers lurched back Sunday in the second half of a jaw-dropping NFC Championship Game revival to an almost surreal 28-24 victory, the DeBartolo York clan -- uncle, sister, nephew ... heck, the entire huge, loving, united family -- transformed another precious Super Bowl opportunity for this hallowed NFL franchise into a Norman Rockwell portrait.
This is what Jed York wanted on the makeshift stage inside the raucous visiting locker room: The NFC's George Halas trophy first went to his colorful uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Eddie then handed it to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York.
Jed, the franchise's innovative young CEO and president, took the trophy last, and the next step toward Super Bowl XLVII was officially under way.
"How can you NOT just love that?" bellowed 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who caught five Colin Kaepernick passes for 106 yards, one of those the quarterback's only TD throw. "This is really a big family and we did this as a family."