SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers shoots the football like a basketball through the goal posts after he scored a touchdown in the fourth period against the Detroit Lions at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Slow Rush: Methodical Niners Stop Lions In Primetime, 27-19

The 49ers are 2-0 with wins over 2011 playoff teams after defeating the Lions on Sunday night.

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NFL Debrief: Cardinals, Saints Shock The World For Very Different Reasons

The Cardinals beat the Patriots in New England, the Saints are 0-2 and we have another postgame handshake incident. All that and more in this week's NFL Debrief.

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Steady As We Roll: Are Dominant 49ers NFL's Best Team?

It was a good weekend for the Jim Harbaugh coaching tree, with the 49ers and Stanford winning. But let's not forget David Shaw. That, two ways to look at the Eagles, and the rest of the weekend in the Monday Morning Jones.

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49ers Vs. Lions Game Recap: Alex Smith, Defense Lead San Fran To 2-0

The San Francisco 49ers didn't win the NFC in 2011, but they sure seem hell-bent on rectifying that cosmic slight in 2012. Two wins over two playoff teams in the first two weeks of the 2012 NFL season, including a 27-19 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, have the Niners looking like a Super Bowl contender.

Matt Ufford of SB Nation Studios reviews San Francisco's triumph, which only turned into an eight-point game after a late Detroit touchdown. Patrick Willis and the Niners' defense have allowed just three touchdowns in two contests to the high-powered Packers and Lions, but the real revelation of the Niners' season may be Alex Smith, who is flourishing under Jim Harbaugh.

Meanwhile, after a close win over the Rams in Week 1 and a struggle to score against San Francisco in Week 2, are the Lions taking a step back from 2011?

For more coverage of Sunday night's game, check out Lions blog Pride Of Detroit and 49ers blog Niners Nation. For all your pro football needs, stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Lions Vs. 49ers Final Score: Defense Propels San Francisco To 27-19 Victory

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions, 27-19, at Candlestick Park on Sunday night. San Francisco's defense stifled the Detroit offense for much of the night and a methodical fourth-quarter touchdown drive led by Alex Smith helped to put the game away. For most of the game, kicker Jason Hanson was Detroit's only offense -- the veteran hit four field goals to keep the Lions in the contest well into the fourth quarter.

Related: What Happened Here, Matthew Stafford?

Hanson's final field goal brought Detroit to within eight at 20-12 with over nine minutes remaining in the game. Following that score, San Francisco essentially iced the game with a methodical touchdown drive that spanned 13 plays, 79 yards and more than six minutes. Detroit answered that with a touchdown drive of its own, but that proved to be too little, too late.

The 49ers got the scoring started with a touchdown strike from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis in the first quarter. Detroit answered with a pair of field goals but went into halftime down 14-6. The two teams traded field goals in the second half until that final, decisive touchdown drive by San Francisco.

The big winner: San Francisco's defense

The 49ers did a great job stalling Matthew Stafford and the Detroit passing attack all night. The Lions were limited to just 19 points and Stafford, who was one of the league's most prolific passers in 2011, had trouble establishing any sort of rhythm in the opening half.

The big loser: Matthew Stafford

Stafford had a dreadful first half, as he was just 7-16 for 67 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. He was able to throw the ball more efficiently in the second half, but he wasn't productive enough to deliver the win.

Odds: San Francisco covered the spread, which had the Niners favored by anywhere from 6.5 to 7.5 points.

Fantasy outlook: Vernon Davis

The San Francisco tight end accounted for both of his team's touchdowns on the night and finished with 73 receiving yards on five receptions. That's the kind of performance that will make any fantasy owner happy.

What's on the schedule?

The Lions face the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, and the 49ers will meet the Minnesota Vikings.

For more coverage of Sunday night's game, check out Lions blog Pride Of Detroit and 49ers blog Niners Nation. For all your pro football needs, stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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The First But Not The Last Harbaugh-Schwartz Handshake Reference

Hey, look! Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz shook hands without incident!

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This will definitely not be the last time you see the handshake referenced. In a game last year between the Lions and 49ers, Harbaugh took his excitement a little too far and gave Schwartz a hard shake and a bump after the game, which the 49ers won. Schwartz obviously didn't like that, reacted and the handshake has been a thing ever since.

Be sure to check out Pride of Detroit for more Lions coverage and Niners Nation for more on the 49ers. Head over to SB Nation's NFL hub for more news and analysis from around the league.

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Detroit Lions Vs San Francisco 49ers: Betting Odds, Preview and Pick

Detroit is winless in 10 trips to San Francisco over the past three decades and they are underdogs this time too. But are the Lions a good bet as 7-point road dogs? Some say yes.

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