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Calvin Johnson and Tarell Brown (credit: Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

To Stop Detroit, 49ers Must First Stop Calvin Johnson

The 49ers and the Lions meet on Sunday in a battle of two the NFC’s best. The Lions are led by quarterback Matt Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson on offense and their defense has one of the best defensive tackles in the game in Ndamukong Suh. While both teams are talented, the 49ers will be able to rely on their experience and mental toughness to wear out and outlast Detroit.


DETROIT - OCTOBER 16:  Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The 49ers defeated the Lions 25-19.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Another Tough Test For The 49ers

Last year’s game ended with an angry exchange between the two coaches as they met at mid-field while the 49ers celebrated their victory.


Jim Harbaugh (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Try To Stay Focused On Game And Not Handshake

The big news after last year’s game between the 49ers and the Lions was the post game handshake between the coaches. The 49ers have deflected questions this week, trying to keep the focus on the game, despite the media’s best efforts to get them to talk about it.


Wide receiver Calvin Johnson appears on the Madden13 NFL video game cover. (EA Sports)

Daily Madden: Players Complaining About Their Madden NFL Ratings

Madden NFL 13, the latest edition of John Madden’s popular video game, was released this week. It didn’t take long for NFL players to complain about their ratings.


Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos signals from the shotgun during the first quarter of a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Manning On Target In 49er Game

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning went 10 of 12 with two touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 17-0 score against the 49ers before exiting near the end of the first quarter Sunday. San Francisco won the pre-season game 29-24.


Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled short of the goal line by Ashlee Palmer #58 and Lawrence Jackson #94 of the Detroit Lions in the second quarter of an NFL pre-season football game at Coliseum on August 25, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Stafford Injures Hand, Lions Lose 31-20 To Raiders

Matthew Stafford threw for 68 yards until leaving with an injury to his non-throwing hand in Detroit’s 31-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Saturday.


Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up during training camp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at Dove Valley on July 26, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Daily Madden: 49er Matchup Should Be Good Measuring Stick For Manning

Coming off a serious nerve injury that sidelined him last season, all eyes will be on Denver QB Peyton Manning.


San Francisco 49ers v New Orleans Saints

49ers Know They Have Big Challenge This Week

The San Francisco 49ers coaches gathered at the team’s Santa Clara facility Saturday night to watch the Saints-Lions wild-card game and eat pizza. They must have been daunted by what they saw.


Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Playoff Openers Set Up Compelling NFL Matchups

The New Orleans Saints will face the 49ers this weekend after beating Detroit 45-28 Saturday.


Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Wild Card Weekend Picks

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – John Madden likes Pittsburgh over Denver, New Orleans over Detroit and New York over Atlanta in this weekend’s NFL wild card games. Madden told the KCBS morning crew Friday that the […]