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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