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NFL: 49ers stifle Lions 27-19
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San Francisco • The San Francisco 49ers stymied 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, then record-setting Matthew Stafford in Week 2.

This stingy, opportunistic defense is again making its mark as one of the league's best facing the top offenses and most prolific passers — and that you can shake on.

The Niners denied Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and San Francisco beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers that hardly lived up to its hype.

Smith completed 20 of 31 throws for 226 yards and extended his franchise-record streak of passes without an interception to 216. He led the reigning NFC West champion Niners (2-0) to their ninth straight win in the series since the Lions' last victory on Sept. 25, 1995. Smith took a hard hand to the helmet from John Wendling late and bloodied his nose, then led another touchdown drive.

"He's as tough as a $2 steak," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "I grew up eating a lot of them. I know what I'm talking about."

The 49ers ran their home winning streak against the Lions to 12 games since Detroit's last victory at Candlestick Park on Nov. 2, 1975.

And no heated greeting after this one. Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz met each other with a friendly hello and handshake during pregame warm-ups, then an uneventful shake and half-hug when time expired.

"I thought it went good," Harbaugh said.

Stafford finished 19-for-32 with 230 yards, one touchdown and an interception, missing a chance to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 350 yards in five straight games. Drew Brees of the Saints also did so in four consecutive games last season.

Stafford threw for 355 yards in last week's 27-23 win over St. Louis at home but also had three interceptions before halftime for the first time — and said he couldn't do that again for the Lions to win. He never got in sync.

"We didn't do a job enough job in anything," Schwartz said. "Whether it was the run game, the pass game, defense, special teams. We need to play better in all phases. We left a lot of opportunities on the field." 49ers 27, Lions 19

Detroit 6 0 3 10 — 19

San Francisco 7 7 3 10 — 27

First Quarter

SF • V.Davis 21 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 12:25.

Det • FG Hanson 38, 7:47.

Det • FG Hanson 41, 6:43.

Second Quarter

SF • Gore 1 run (Akers kick), 14:57.

Third Quarter

SF • FG Akers 36, 9:42.

Det • FG Hanson 40, 3:40.

Fourth Quarter

SF • FG Akers 48, 14:42.

Det • FG Hanson 48, 9:16.

SF • V.Davis 23 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 3:04.

Det • Pettigrew 9 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 1:29.

Det SF

First downs 15 24

Total Net Yards 296 349

Rushes-yards 26-82 27-148

Passing 214 201

Punt Returns 1-10 1-8

Kickoff Returns 2-64 5-85

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-20

Comp-Att-Int 19-32-1 20-31-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 3-25

Punts 2-44.5 3-36.3

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 8-67 5-62

Time of Possession 30:26 29:34

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Detroit, Smith 16-53, Bell 6-14, Stafford 2-10, Burleson 2-5. San Francisco, Gore 17-89, Manningham 1-29, Hunter 5-23, Ale.Smith 4-7.

Passing • Detroit, Stafford 19-32-1-230. San Francisco, Ale.Smith 20-31-0-226.

Receiving • Detroit, Johnson 8-94, Pettigrew 3-18, Bell 2-59, Smith 2-17, Scheffler 1-13, Burleson 1-11, T.Young 1-11, Heller 1-7. San Francisco, Crabtree 6-67, V.Davis 5-73, Manningham 3-28, Hunter 2-21, Gore 2-16, Moss 1-14, Walker 1-7.

Missed Field Goals • Detroit, Hanson 40 (WR).

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