NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT VS SAN FRANCISCO
September 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
DETROIT LIONS (1-0) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)
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.