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Lions Lackluster in San Fran: Fall to Smith and the Niners 27-19

Last week the Lions were lucky to get out of their opener with a close win over the Rams.

Luck was clearly not on their side Sunday night in San Francisco.

Allowing the Niners offense to get off to a quick start, the Lions were out of their element in eventually falling 27-19 to a Niners team that just about everyone seems to be overlooking in the NFC.

The Niners got going on their second offensive play when they flipped the ball to Mario Manningham for a 29-yard gain on an end-around. The play lit a fire for the offense, as the drive led to a 21-yard scoring pass from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis to give the Niners a quick 7-0 lead.

It seemed all downhill from there for Matthew Stafford and company.

The Lions were able to get into position for four Jason Hanson field goals, but found themselves down 20-12 in the fourth quarter. From there, the Niners went on a back breaking drive, eventually ending with a second TD from Smith to Davis to put the game away at 27-12.

Detroit was able to get a late garbage TD from Stafford to tight end Brandon Pettigrew to wrap up the scoring at 27-19. Stafford ended the night going 19-for-32 for 230 yards with one TD and one pick.

San Fran’s offense took advantage all night of the Lions safety John Wendling, who was subbing for the injured Louis Delmas, and it worked.

Smith was solid for the Niners, going 20-for-31 for 226 yards with two picks and he didn’t throw a pick. The Lions were no match for the better Niners, who again are proving they are better than a lot of people think.

The Lions will be on the road next week, playing at Tennessee.

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