49ers Vs. Lions: San Francisco Tops Detroit, 27-19

The San Francisco 49ers showed why they're one of the best teams in the league, limiting Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Candlestick Park. For more on the 49ers, be sure to head on over to Niners Nation, and for the flip-side, check out Pride of Detroit.

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49ers Vs. Lions Postgame Notes & Quotes: San Francisco's O-Line Calls Out Detroit's D-Line

The San Francisco 49ers' offensive line wasn't overly impressed with the Detroit Lions' defensive line play in Sunday night's 27-19 win at Candlestick Park, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Despite allowing more sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits than their own defense could compile, the Niners' o-line went out of its way to make it very clear to the media that it wasn't fans of what Detroit did against them in the trenches. Here's what left tackle Joe Staley had to say on the subject:

"Look at the game. We killed them. Every single pressure they got was cheap. It was on a keep or something like that. They weren't beating us one on one. We ran for about 200 yards (148 yards) on the so-called best D-line in all of football."

Furthermore, when asked if he believed that the Lions' front four of Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams was overrated, Staley replied "extremely."

The tackle on the other side of the 49ers' offensive line, 2010 first round pick Anthony Davis, shared the same sentiment about the Lions' postulated standing as the best d-line unit in the league:

"They think highly of themselves. I heard they said they were the best D-line in the league or something. I feel that's disrespectful to other good defensive lines...It's not really an I'm-going-to-line-up-and-kick-your-(butt) kind of D-line. But people always say stuff like that. They're good at post-play stuff. They're good at getting away with nudging you at the end of a play, stuff like that."

Davis also expressed to the media in his interview how good it felt to line up in the "victory" formation to run out the clock at the end of the game with Lions forced to accept "it's over."

While this sort of talk is to be expected between two teams with such a heated recent history, there still isn't much of a rivalry between these two NFC powerhouses. Sure, both teams may despise each other and all, but the 49ers have won all nine of their most recent matchups against the Lions dating back to 1996.

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49ers Vs. Lions Postgame Injury Report: TE Davis Poked In Eye, But OK

At one point in the first half, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was poked in the eye and had to leave the game for a few plays.

Davis had already caught his first touchdown pass of the game, and apparently the eye didn't bother him later, as Davis caught a second TD pass late in the fourth.

Also for San Francisco, punter Andy Lee made due despite a right hand injury. But the 49ers did activate third quarterback Scott Tolzien to hold in case Lee was unable to do so.

The 49ers also were without return man Ted Ginn and running back Brandon Jacobs, neither of whom were missed much. Jacobs, according to the Bee, warmed up wearing a metal brace on his left knee.

Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson shrugged off a missed practice on Wednesday of game week and caught eight passes for 94 yards.

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NFL Standings, Week 2: All Four NFC West Teams Score Victories

Week 2 was a good one for NFC West football teams, with all four teams in the division: the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams winning their games on Sunday.

The 49ers led all the way against the Detroit Lions and won 27-19, improving to 2-0. The Cardinals stunned the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., 20-18, and also moved to 2-0. The Seahawks defense was dominant against the Dallas Cowboys in a 27-7 win, and the Rams gave rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III his first NFL loss, 31-28, at the Edward Jones Dome.

A quick look at the standings shows that no team is winless in the division. Seattle and St. Louis are both 1-1. The 49ers have impressive wins over two very good NFC North teams, Green Bay and Detroit, and along with the Cardinals are two of only three undefeated teams left in the NFC.

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49ers Vs. Lions: San Francisco Could Have Won By More Than Nine

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions 27-19 Sunday night, but Niners Nation writer David Fucillo contends the win could have been by even more points. Fucillo opines:

In reality the game should never have really been this close. Alex Smith was 20 of 31 for 226 yards, but seven of those incompletions were drops. There will be drops in every game, but there were several ugly drops. They convert a few of those drops and the 49ers potentially win this game by three scores.

With 49ers quarterback Alex Smith bloodied from the bridge of the nose like Y.A. Tittle, the Lions were bludgeoned by the S.F. defense. The 49ers (2-0) look primed to win the NFC West once again, as Smith is efficient and the defense dominates.

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49ers Vs. Lions Final Score: San Francisco 27, Detroit 19

Vernon Davis caught a pair of touchdown passes from Alex Smith, who was bleeding from the bridge of his nose in the fourth quarter, and the San Francisco 49ers moved to 2-0 with their 27-12 defeat of the Detroit Lions Sunday night at Candlestick Park.

Running back Frank Gore rushed for 89 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown, and David Akers kicked two field goals. The San Francisco defense held the Lions' offense to a total of 296 yards

Davis caught his second TD pass of the game with 3:04 left to play, and it made a huge difference. It gave the 49ers a 15-point lead, and provided enough cushion for when Detroit came back with a score less than two minutes later.

The Lions tried an onside kick with 1:28 to play down by eight points, but Kyle Williams recovered the kick the Niners were able to run out the clock. San Francisco has two wins over solid NFC North opponents, Green Bay and Detroit.

The postgame handshake between Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh went off without incident, unlike last season when the two coaches got into an altercation in Detroit.

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49ers Vs. Lions Score Update: Long Drives Result In Field Goals As Niners Lead 17-9

The third quarter was filled with long drives for both the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions but the teams could only put up a field goal each, leaving the score at 17-9.

The 49ers received the ball coming out of the locker room and proceeded to move it 65 yards over 10 plays. David Akers would cap off the drive with a 36-yard field goal to extend the lead to 11.

The Lions retaliated with a long drive of their own, burning more than six minutes off the clock with their intermediate passing attack. San Francisco would stand tall with Detroit approaching the red zone though, forcing Jason Hanson to take a 40-yard field goal to put his attempt total at four on the day.

After getting the ball back, the 49ers picked up right where they left off with Alex Smith incorporating Kendall Hunter and Michael Crabtree for some solid gains. San Francisco was sitting on Detroit's 30-yard line upon the conclusion of the third quarter after Frank Gore rumbled for a 12-yard run.

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49ers Vs. Lions Halftime Update: San Francisco Stifles Matthew Stafford, Leads 14-6

The San Francisco 49ers have played almost flawlessly outside of a fumbled kick return, limiting Matthew Stafford to 67 yards on 7-of-16 passing with an interception as they head to the locker room with a 14-6 lead. The Niners front-seven has also held Lions' backs to just 2.6 yards on their 17 attempts compared to a 7.6 average for their own ground attack (12 rushes for 91 yards).

The 49ers started the game exceptionally well on both sides of the ball, forcing a three-and-out on the Lions then finding the end zone in just four plays with Alex Smith hooking up with Vernon Davis (21-yard TD reception).

From there, the Lions strung together two Jason Hanson field goals with his second set up by a Kendall Hunter fumble on a kick return.

A Dashon Goldson 20-yard interception return had the 49ers sitting pretty but a bad snap on third down made them settle for a David Akers field goal attempt instead.

Then, in a strange-yet-beneficial turn of a events, the 49ers were assisted by a running into the kicker penalty by CB Drayton Florence. With a new set of downs, Smith attempted a shot at the end zone but not before the play clock seemingly hit zero. Apparently the replacement refs weren't looking though because not only did they count the play but they also called a pass interference call on Jacob Lacey to put the Niners at the one-yard line. Running back Frank Gore would finish it from there by pounding in the touchdown.

Neither team had much success for the remainder of the second quarter with Hanson missing his third field-goal attempt from 40 yards out. The 49ers gave the Lions the ball back with a little over a minute left to play after their drive stalled but head coach Jim Schwartz elected to kneel instead of taking any risks.

The 49ers will be getting the ball back to start the second half.

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49ers Vs. Lions Score Update: Niners Defense Making Matthew Stafford Sweat As San Francisco Jumps Out To 14-6 Lead

The San Francisco 49ers defense has essentially suffocated Matthew Stafford in the early going, allowing only four of his fist 10 passes to be completed while jumping out to a 14-6 lead as the second quarter began.

The 49ers defense imposed their will on the Lions explosive offense from the opening kick, forcing a three-and-out on their first position. Alex Smith and company then proceeded to find pay dirt in quick and efficient fashion, with plays of 29 and 17 yards before Vernon Davis wrangled in a 21-yard touchdown pass.

The Lions were set nicely by a questionable 33-yard pass interference call against CB Chris Culliver on their following drive but still couldn't get anything more than a 38-yard Jason Hanson field goal.

Detroit would also get a break on the corresponding kickoff when Kendall Hunter fumbled the return at the San Francisco 25 yard line. The 49ers defense would hold strong to force another three-and-out but Hanson still was able to tack on another field goal, this time from 41 yards away.

The 49ers defensive continued their reign on the Lions next drive with FS Dashon Goldson intercepting Matthew Stafford and returning it 20 yards. A bad snap on third down looked it might stall the drive but running into the kicker penalty from CB Drayton Florence would give the 49ers another chance.

The quarter would end as Smith attempted an endzone pass to WR Randy Moss with the play clock seemingly sitting at 0:00. The replacement refs allowed the play to happen, calling pass interference on Jacob Lacey to set the Niners up at the one-yard line.

Following the penalty, RB Frank Gore powered in the touchdown to make it 14-6 at start of the second quarter.

Stick with this StoryStream for updates, scores and more from the Lions vs. 49ers game. For more insight and analysis, check out 49ers blog Niners Nation. For the perspective from Detroit, check out Lions blog Pride of Detroit.

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49ers Vs. Lions Inactives: San Francisco Elects To Roll Without Top Rookies

Despite injuries to Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn Jr., rookies LaMichael James and A.J. Jenkins were not able to crack the 46-man active roster for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh instead elected to go the more experienced route with WR Kyle Williams filling in on punts and RB Kendall Hunter acting as Frank Gore's relief.

Along with the rookies plus Jacobs and Ginn Jr., G Joe Looney, TE Garrett Celek and NT Ian Williams are the other players that won't be suiting up for the 49ers.

On the Lions' end, Detroit will be without some major pieces in their secondary as cornerbacks Bill Bently and Chris Houston join FS Louis Delmas on the bench for this one. WR Ryan Broyles will also be making his NFL debut after being a healthy scratch Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams.

The rest of Detroit's inactives are as follows: LB Travis Lewis, OT Jason Fox, OT Corey Hilliard and QB Kellen Moore.

Stick with this StoryStream for updates, scores and more from the Lions vs. 49ers game. For more insight and analysis, check out 49ers blog Niners Nation. For the perspective from Detroit, check out Lions blog Pride of Detroit.

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