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.