It’s a poorly-kept secret that the Seattle Seahawks don’t mind taking a penalty flag or two for pass interference or defensive holding in exchange for five or six no-calls on borderline plays. Supposedly, the NFL will be cracking down on physical play in the defensive backfield. If true-and that’s a big if-it could mean even bigger numbers for the quarterbacks.
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The San Francisco 49ers took the lead early and never looked back in their 27-19 win over the Lions. Led by Alex Smith, they scored just enough to keep the game out of reach and recovered an onside kick late to seal the win.