San Francisco’s stingy defense denied Matthew Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and the 49ers beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers.
The Week 2 injury report for both names lacked the big names that would concern the casual fan. However, the fact that so many Detroit defensive players are listed is not a good sign for a defense heading into a very physical game. There were two new names for the 49ers from Week 1 but both are expected to play on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers fans thinking of heckling Detroit Lions supporters at Sunday’s home opener should think twice.
The 0-1 Raiders travel to Miami to face the 0-1 Dolphins Sunday. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew the Raiders need to take a lesson from the Green Bay Packers, who bounced back from their loss to the 49ers last weekend with a convincing win over the Chicago Bears.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.