Lions-49ers Recap

Stafford had this look on his face for much of the night.

Well, my prediction wasn’t too far off. As the game approached kickoff, much of the conversation about the “Handshake” from last year began to fade into conversation about the teams themselves, largely because of the diffused, cordial encounter that Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh had during pregame warm ups. But regarding the business of the game, it was a much anticipated matchup on a much anticipated national broadcast.

The opening drives for both the Lions and 49ers were exact opposites of each other. The Lions had a quick three and out possession after a Stefan Logan kickoff return. The 49ers on the other hand had a quick possession which turned into a Vernon Davis touchdown reception from quarterback Alex Smith. The Lions defense actually didn’t do a terrible job after the 49ers opening drive but the main reason why the Lions looked less than stellar in the first half was because of the play of Matthew Stafford and the offense.

Calvin Johnson did not get the looks he needed as Stafford struggled with arm-slot issues as well as his grip on the ball. As many Lions fans know, there is very little to expect out of the running game and as expected, it didn’t help the Lions any in this contest. The Lions scraped 82 yards out of Joique Bell, Kevin Smith, and Nate Burleson out of the backfield. Against an NFC juggernaut like San Francisco, that simply was not going to be enough.

It was a lackluster performance but there is a silver lining for Detroit. With the loss to the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the day, NFL analysts have picked the 49ers as the best team in the NFL. Well, Detroit, your Lions lost by 8 points (ONLY 8 points), on the road (Candlestick is no easy place to play), without scoring a touchdown in the first half, and still kept the game competitive (the defense was taken to the brink and still gave Stafford plenty of chances).

Overall, fans shouldn’t hang their heads too low for too long. Don’t forget, that the Packers, a division rival, lost by 8 points to these same 49ers. Hopefully, this will only be a bump in the road to another playoff birth.


About Joe Barroso

Joe Barroso is the creator and editor of the Sporting Mitten blog as well as a contributor for the Farm Club blog. He began to pursue a career in journalism in 2010 while in high school. He created, produced, and wrote for "Irish Pride Sports Show" a weekly, sports feature show for Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, MI. He grew up in southeastern Michigan playing a variety of sports but was drawn to the game of baseball. Even with his short-lived playing career in high school gone, he still decided to pursue a career reporting happenings in baseball. You can reach him at
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One Response to Lions-49ers Recap

  1. Bryant Schoenle says:

    The packers also lost at home and were much more highly touted going into the year. Watching the game, it looked like the Niners dominated, but looking at the stats it was actually pretty close. Throw in the missed FG by Hanson and the Lions were 1 big play away from pulling out a win.

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