49ers Vs. Packers: San Francisco's Defense Impresses In 30-22 Victory

The San Francisco 49ers showed everybody what they are made of with a 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. For more on the 49ers, head on over to Niners Nation.

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49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Doesn't Want To Talk About Handshake With Lions Matchup Looming

This week's San Francisco 49ers-Detroit Lions matchup at Candlestick Park should be a pretty physical battle of teams with physical defenses and the tag of "up and coming" as far as perennial playoff participants, after both got to the postseason in 2011.

It's also the first meeting between fiery coaches Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Lions. Schwartz confronted Harbaugh angrily after what he took to be a hard slap in the back when the two coaches met at midfield at the conclusion of the 49ers' 25-19 win at Ford Field last October.

Both coaches had to be separated by players and team personnel. It had the potential to get ugly, but it didn't. And this week, Harbaugh doesn't want to hear about it, nor does he even want to re-hash it. Harbaugh stopped reporters from going there pretty quickly when the subject of the "handshake' came up.

Chances are this won't be media fodder for both teams after Monday.

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NFL Standings, Week 1: NFC West

The NFC West standings look as many figured they would after Week 1, with the defending division champion San Francisco 49ers at 1-0, tied with the Arizona Cardinals.

San Francisco got the season off to a great start with a 30-22 win at Green Bay, while the Cardinals survived the Seattle Seahawks' bid for a big road win with a 20-16 victory in Glendale, Ariz.

The Seahawks are 0-1 despite a comeback that fell short in Arizona, and the St. Louis Rams are also 0-1 despite a respectable showing in Detroit, where it took a touchdown pass with 10 seconds left for the Lions to win.

Week 2 is going to be interesting for NFC West teams. The Cardinals try to limit Tom Brady in New England, the Rams get the hot rookie Robert Griffin III in their home opener against Washington, the Seahawks play in front of their super-loud fans in the home opener against 1-0 Dallas and the 49ers host Detroit. How will that "greeting" between Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh go?

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Packers Vs. 49ers, Week 1: Plenty Of Joy Around The Bay After Big Win

It's not like the San Francisco 49ers were huge underdogs to defeat the Green Bay Packers Sunday. But winning at Lambeau Field is a luxury not afforded to opponents to often. And the fact that the Packers are a lot of people's pick for the Super Bowl while the 49ers are the top pick for the NFC West title makes this 30-22 win feel a little more special in the hearts of 49ers fans.

Let's allow David Fucillo from Niners Nation to say it best, as a huge fan of the Red and Gold:

As we close out Sunday of Week 1, we can enjoy the sleep of the victorious as our beloved 49ers took the first step in their mission towards Super Bowl XLVI.

David even admitted that he picked against his team this weekend, which for him made the rejoicing in victory that much sweeter.

The 49ers can feel even better this week in preparing for the Detroit Lions at home if they can get Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Jacobs back. The two missed the game with injuries are expected to play in Week 2.

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49ers Vs. Packers Injury Report, Week 1: Ginn, Jacobs Still Not Practicing

Two key players remained out of San Francisco 49ers practice for the second straight day: wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and running back Brandon Jacobs.

Ginn, the 49ers' main return specialist and at times a factor in the passing game, has an ankle injury. The 49ers will give the reps to Kyle Williams in practice as punt returner, and LaMichael James, the rookie from Oregon, is another return man option. James returned kicks a few times for the Ducks, especially when the Ducks needed a long return.

Jacobs has a knee injury, but if the bruising runner can't play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers still have Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and James available at running back.

The Packers are still without running back James Starks in practice, and have a host of other players on their injury report Thursday. All the injury status updates from Thursday are here.

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