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NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT VS SAN FRANCISCO

September 12, 2012
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



DETROIT LIONS (1-0) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)

SERIES

 

LIONS

49ERS

SERIES LEADER

 

35-26-1

STREAKS

 

Past 8

COACHES VS. OPP.

Schwartz: 0-2

Harbaugh: 1-0

LAST WEEK

W 27-23 vs. Rams

W 30-22 at Packers

LAST GAME

10/16/11: 49ers 25 at Lions 19. Trailing 19-15 in 4th quarter, San Francisco scores 10 unanswered points for comeback victory. 49ers RB Frank Gore rushes for 141 yards & 1 TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/27/09: 49ers 20, Lions 6. San Francisco uses 3rd-quarter TDs from TE Vernon Davis (2-yard rec.) & RB Gore (1-yard run) to pull away from Detroit.

BROADCAST

NBC (5:20 PM PT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (Det.), 93 (SF). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (Det.), 226 (SF). 

STATS

PASSING

Stafford: 32-48-355 (1L)-1-3-69.4

Ale. Smith: 20-26-211-2-0-125.6

RUSHING

K. Smith: 13-62-4.8-1

Gore: 16-112 (2C)-7.0-1

RECEIVING

C. Johnson: 6-111-18.5-0

Crabtree: 7-76-10.9-0

OFFENSE

429.0

377.0

TAKE/GIVE

-3

+1

DEFENSE

251.0 (2L)

324.0

SACKS

3 tied: 1

3 tied: 1

INTs

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Bowman: 1

PUNTING

Graham: 40.3

Lee: 51.2 (3C)

KICKING

Hanson: 9 (3/3 PAT; 2/2 FG)

Akers: 12 (3/3 PAT; 3/3 FG)

NOTES

GAME FEATURES No. 1 overall Draft picks ALEX SMITH of SF (2005) & MATTHEW STAFFORD of Det. (2009)… LIONS: QB Stafford has 350+ pass yards in 4 consecutive games, tied with DREW BREES for longest streak in NFL history. Has posted 105+ rating 10 times in career & Lions are 10-0. Threw game-winning TD with 0:10 left last week, his 3rd career game-winning TD pass in final minute of 4th Q, most in team history…RB KEVIN SMITH had rush & rec. TD last week, 3rd time he has had both in game…WR CALVIN JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row vs. SF with 7+ catches. In past 2 meetings, has 14 catches for 209 yards (104.5 per game). Since 2008, has 45 TD catches, most in NFL. TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had 8 catches & 16-yard TD in last meeting…DE CLIFF AVRIL is only NFC player with 10+ sacks (11) & 6+ FFs (6) since 2011. LB STEPHEN TULLOCH had sack in last game vs. SF. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 15 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT…49ERS: QB Smith has won 15 of past 18 starts. Is 3-0 in career vs. Lions. In past 11 at home, Smith is 10-1 & has 19 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 102 rating. In career, 49ers are 11-0 when Smith starts & has 100+ rating, incl. 125.6 mark last week…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 141 yards & TD in last meeting. In 4 games vs. Lions, has rushed for 501 yards (125.3 per game) with 4 TDs & has 633 scrimmage yards (158.3 per game)…WR MICHAEL CRABTREE aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with 65+ rec. yards. In 13 games vs. Det., WR RANDY MOSS has 72 catches for 1,182 yards (90.9 per game) & 9 TDs. Moss’ teams are 11-2 (.846) in those contests. Since 2009, TE VERNON DAVIS has 27 TDs, most by NFC TE…LB ALDON SMITH had 2 sacks, FF & safety in last year’s meeting. DT JUSTIN SMITH had 1.5 sacks in last game vs. Det. LB PATRICK WILLIS had team-high 9 tackles & INT in last home meeting vs. Lions.


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