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?