The San Francisco 49ers opened the game by forcing a Detroit 3 and out punt, then rolled down the field in four plays for a touchdown, and it looked like the game would be a rout. From that time on, though, the game was a bruising battle of you score, we score, ending with the 49ers on top 27-19.
The Lions played a tougher game than most of us imagined they would. Strangely, they hung around by abandoning their normal pass wacky offense and pounding away with their fairly feeble running game. It was good enough to kick field goals and hang around, but the 49ers put up three TDs and never let the Lions get back in the game. Detroit might not have ever touched the end zone if it weren’t for a blatant unflagged WR pick play on the Lions last desperation drive at the end of the game.
The 49ers put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with an 80 yard, 13 play drive that ate 6 minutes off the clock. There were four clutch third down conversions, three to Michael Crabtree, and a final lob home run 23 yard TD pass to Vernon Davis. Crabs & VD. I don’t even want to think about the type of commercial these two will be making in the future if they continue to be the 49er stars in the coming years. Has any sports star ever done a condom ad?
Alex Smith again played a near flawless game, going 20 for 31, despite six or seven drops, and running his streak to 216 passes without an interception. One second half drive ended with three straight drops — the first by Bruce Miller, the second by Delanie Walker, and the final one by Mario Manningham. Walker’s drop has become an almost obligatory item in the game plan.
The 49er win capped a day that saw the entire NFC West record victories, the most surprising by the Cardinals, beating the Patriots in Foxboro. Seattle made Dallas look ordinary, a mere one week after the East Coasters had them primed for an SB run. And St. Louis brought RGIII and the Redskins crashing back to earth.
After the game, NBC shills Bob Costas and Tony Dungy quickly praised the 49er defense and then rushed on to gush over the New York Giants, who had barely survived at home against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Sheesh, dweebs, control yourselves. I’m sure Dungy is a very nice man, but if he has ever said anything insightful or interesting, I sure hope somebody taped it for evidence at his trial for Second Degree Boring In The Extreme, multiple counts.
The season is young, but right now it looks like the NFC West is going to be a bruising ordeal. The Cardinals and Seahawks defenses look every bit as formidable as the 49ers. The division has already taken down Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Matt Stafford, RGIII, and Tom Brady. Next Sunday, the Seahawks take their own shot at home against Rodgers, Arizona gets Michael Vick, St. Louis goes after Jay Cutler, and the 49ers take on Christian Ponder. Ponder might not deserve mention as a scary guy, but we don’t make the schedule.
Some wacky games in the first two weeks, with Drew Brees going down twice. But some things remain predictable and normal. Ladies and gentlemen, your Oakland Raiders. Still shitty after all these years. Routed by the hapless Miami Dolphins. Good grief.