BY RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Writer
Domination, the one word that sums up NBC’s Sunday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. The 49ers took down two of the top teams in the NFC North in back to back weeks; the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford looked shaky all game against the 49ers defense, completing 19 passes on 32 attempts for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His only touchdown was to tight end, Brandon Pettigrew with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter.
Stafford missed a milestone with his poor performance, having a chance to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 350 yards in five straight games. This shows how much the Lions depend on their high powered passing game. When the passing game is shutdown, so is the Lions offense.
49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith took full advantage of the key injuries in the Lions secondary. Safety Louis Delmas and cornerbacks Bill Bentley and Chris Houston were listed as inactive and did not play against San Francisco.
Smith went on to complete 20 of 31 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns. He also extended his streak of games without an interception. The last time he threw an interception was last season’s Thanksgiving game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Jason Hanson scored the first 12 points for the Lions. He was 4-5 on field goal attempts, with his only miss coming off the right upright.
Running back Joique Bell is slowly becoming a regular in the Lions offense. He only managed six carries, but had two receptions, including a huge 53 yard completion on the Lions’ last drive of the game.
The Lions will look to rebound next week against on the road against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have struggled early on and have an 0-2 record thus far. The game will be on FOX at 1:00pm.