Today’s game between the 49ers and Lions will be seen by 43% of the households in the U.S. It’s the marquee matchup of the week as the teams have a combined 9-1 record.
The 49ers won their first two road games in the Eastern time zone against the Bengals and Eagles and will try to hand the Lions their first loss of the season.
49ers Inactives:QB Scott Tolzien, WR Braylon Edwards, CB Tramaine Brock, FB Moran Norris, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, NT Ian Williams
Lions Inactives: QB Drew Stanton, RB Jerome Harrison, S Vincent Fuller, LB Justin Durant, T Jason Fox, TE Tony Scheffler, DT Andre Fluellen
The 49ers forced a three and out to start the game, but gave the ball right back to the Lions. Kyle Vanden Bosch beat Joe Staley on the 49ers first offensive play and stripped the ball from Alex Smith.
Detroit drove all the way down to the 49ers 2-yard line, but the defense held the Lions to a 25-yard Jason Hanson field goal.
Lions 3 – 49ers 0
The 49ers couldn’t get anything going on their next drive either as two false start penalties backed them up in a 1st and 20. The Bears had 9 false starts on Monday Night Football and the crowd is having a similar effect on the 49ers early on. Andy Lee had a nice punt that was fair caught by Detroit at the 33.
The defense forced a three and out. Stafford hit Burleson on 3rd down, but Willis made the tackle short of the sticks. Ginn returned the punt to the 25.
The offense also went three and out with a penalty on third down. Goldson knocked the punt returner, Stefan Logan, out of bounds at the 31.
The Lions offense started to click on the next drive with a 13-yard run by Best and a 11-yard gain by Calvin Johnson on a shallow crossing route. Carlos Rogers was then flagged for pass interference on a pass deep down the left sideline – kind of a questionable call. The 49ers certainly haven’t received any help from the officials so far. Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew from 16 yards out. Willis ripped the ball out as he came to the ground. The officials discussed it, but then ruled it a touchdown. Harbaugh tried to challenge it, but was flagged for challenging a non-reviewable play. The 15-yard penalty will be enforced on the kickoff.
Lions 10 – 49ers 0
Frank Gore got things going for the 49ers on the next drive, cutting his run back to the left and out to the 39. Gore nearly broke a huge TD run, but was tackled at the 1-yard line.
Highlight Reel: The best play for the 49ers came on the second-to-last play of the quarter. Gore nearly had a TD after a few great cuts on an inside run, but was tackled from behind at the 1.
Standout Stat: The 49ers have 7 penalties for 69 yards.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers didn’t start the way they wanted too, but they’ve responded nicely on this drive. A touchdown here would put the 49ers right back in the ballgame. They do need to cut down on penalties…can’t fall into the same trap as Chicago did on MNF.
Gore ran right at Suh and punched it in from one yard out.
Lions 10 – 49ers 7
Stafford had Burleson wide open on third down, but the pass was a bit behind him. It would have been an easy first down, but it was a three and out instead. The punt looked like it went out of bounds at the 40, but it was marked at the 31. Don’t think that was an accurate spot…
Smith hit Crabtree on third down, but he came up about a half yard shy of the first down marker. Lee’s punt went into the end zone for a touchback.
The defense did well to force another three and out. Ahmad Brooks brought the pressure on third down and got to Stafford for the sack. Ginn fair caught the punt at the 39.
The 49ers fourth false start of the day set them back on their next drive and Smith couldn’t find an open receiver on third down. Lee’s punt was fair caught at the 11.
Ray McDonald and Aldon Smith blew up the play in the backfield and Smith tripped Stafford up in the end zone for a safety.
Lions 10 – 49ers 9
The 49ers couldn’t capitalize on the good field position. They were backed up after a personal foul call against Isaac Sopoaga for ripping a defender’s helmet off. Ice simply threw the defender to the side and his helmet came off. Can’t say I agree with the call and it was a big one, ending the 49ers drive. Lee’s punt was downed at the 9.
The Lions offense started moving the ball at will in their two-minute offense. Aldon Smith nearly ended the drive in the red zone as Stafford threw it right to him, but Smith couldn’t make the catch. The Lions were called for a chop block and backed up 15 yards. Jason Hanson pushed a 52-yard field goal wide right, giving the 49ers good field position with 1 minute left. The 49ers were able to get within field goal range and David Akers drilled a 55-yard field goal to give the 49ers their first lead of the game at halftime.
49ers 12 – Lions 10
Highlight Reel: The Lions and 49ers traded field goal attempts of 50+ yards. The 49ers made theirs from 55 yards out to take the lead – huge momentum swing at the half.
Standout Stat: The 49ers have 11 penalties for 99 yards.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers defense has played superb so far. They’ve given the offense great field position held the Lions to two field goal attempts when they got close. The one touchdown they gave up was a perfectly thrown ball by Stafford and may have even been ripped out by Willis. The 49ers have responded well after digging themselves an early hole. They must cut down on the penalties though if they’re going to hang on for the win. The crowd has quieted down a bit as the 49ers came back.
After a three and out by the 49ers, Logan returned the punt to the 41.
Best picked up 19 on a quick out that he turned up field and then gained 32 on a screen pass on the very next play. The Lions had a first and goal at the six, but couldn’t get further than that as the defense held the Lions to a 24-yard Jason Hanson field goal.
Lions 13 – 49ers 12
The 49ers responded on their next drive with a 59-yard run by Frank Gore. They nearly got in the end zone twice, once to Crabtree and once to Delanie Walker, but neither could make the catch and stay in bounds. David Akers hit a 31-yard field goal to put the 49ers back on top.
49ers 15 – Lions 13
The Lions moved the ball down the field with a big reception by Calvin Johnson, but the defense held them there. Ginn returned the punt to the 31.
On 3rd and 13, Smith dropped back and found Crabtree on a deep post for a gain of 27. The drive stalled at the 45 as Smith was sacked by Tulloch on 3rd down. Andy Lee’s punt was fair caught at the 9.
The 49ers defense forced a three and out, but on the next series, Alex Smith overthrew Michae Crabtree and it was picked off by Amari Spievey and returned to the SF 49.
Highlight Reel: The 49ers continued to have success on the ground and Frank Gore got things going with a 59-yard run.
Standout Stat: The Lions have been able to move the ball at times, but the defense has held them to just 1 of 10 on third down conversions.
Put it in Perspective: The interception gave the Lions great field position and the defense will have to step up once again when they’re backed up. There’s still a lot of time left in this game and it’s anyone’s game to win.
Stafford hit Burleson for a five-yard touchdown, but it was rules that he didn’t possess the ball all the way to the ground as he lost it in the netting behind the goal posts. The Lions challenged the call and it was overturned. They went for a two-point conversion which was broken up in the back of the end zone by Carlos Rogers.
Lions 19 – 49ers 15
Smith started the next drive, throwing a strike to Crabtree as he stepped up under pressure. Ted Ginn got the handoff on a reverse and followed a good block by Joe Staley for another first down. On the next third down, Smith hit Crabtree underneath and he came up just a yard shy of the first down. Lee’s punt was fair caught at the 8.
On the first play of the drive, Stafford hit Johnson on a slant and he broke tackles down close to midfield. The defense didn’t let the Lions go any further. The punt BARELY rolled into the end zone for a touchback.
Kendall Hunter couldn’t convert on 3rd and 1, coming up just short and the 49ers had to punt. That’s all for the blog as I have to run down to the field.
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