Lions No Longer Unbeaten After 25-19 Loss To 49ers

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Lions Vs. 49ers Final Score: San Francisco Downs Detroit, 25-19

The winning streak has come to an end. After finishing 2010 with four straight wins and opening 2011 with five straight wins, the Detroit Lions have suffered their first defeat since Dec. 5, 2010. The loss came at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, which improved to 5-1 with their 25-19 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Early on, this game looked like it could be a comfortable win for the Lions. Thanks to a 25-yard field goal by Jason Hanson (set up by a Kyle Vanden Bosch fumble recovery) and a 16-yard touchdown catch by Brandon Pettigrew, the Lions led by a score of 10-0 after one quarter.

The second quarter was all 49ers, however. Frank Gore scored from a yard out on the first play, and later Matthew Stafford was sacked in the end zone for a safety. David Akers nailed a 55-yard field goal as the quarter came to an end to put the 49ers on top, 12-10. (A drive earlier, Hanson missed a 52-yard field goal attempt.)

The third quarter was rather uneventful with the two teams trading field goals. The fourth quarter, on the other hand, was quite eventful. Nate Burleson scored on a five-yard touchdown reception at the start of the quarter, but only after a challenge resulted in the original call of an incomplete pass being reversed. It looked like the "Calvin Johnson rule" was going to bite the Lions again because Burleson dropped the ball after taking three steps out of the end zone, but the referees came to their senses and reversed the call.

The Lions were on top by a score of 19-15 (they went for two and didn't get it), and they held the lead for the next 11 minutes. The 49ers finally were able to break through on offense for their second touchdown of the game with 1:51 to go. Delanie Walker caught a six-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to put the 49ers on top. After the Lions turned the ball over on downs, Akers added another field goal.

Despite having a minute to go, the Lions were unable to even make things interesting, as they ran out of time 69 yards away from the end zone. They did try to lateral their way to a miracle last play, but the ball was fumbled and Titus Young just fell on it. Time ran out on the Lions and their unbeaten record.


Lions Vs. 49ers Score: Detroit Trails At Halftime, 12-10

The Detroit Lions led the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 10-0 after one quarter, but things have changed quite a bit since then. During the second quarter, the 49ers rallied back with a touchdown, safety and field goal to take a 12-10 lead going into halftime.

After scoring a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, the 49ers offense was pretty much shut down by the Lions defense. The thing is, the Lions offense was also shut down by the 49ers defense. This ultimately resulted in Detroit starting a drive at its own 11-yard line, and on the first play of the possession Matthew Stafford was sacked in his own end zone for a safety.

The 49ers followed the safety with a three-and-out, and the Lions offense finally got into a rhythm and drove all the way down to the San Francisco 23. It looked like the Lions were going to get inside the 10, but a chop block penalty negated a 15-yard pass to Nate Burleson. It also backed the Lions up 15 yards, and Jason Hanson ended up missing a kick from 52 yards out a few plays later. It was his first miss of the season.

The 49ers took over, and as the clock ran out on the first half, David Akers nailed a 55-yard kick to give San Francisco a 12-10 lead.


Lions Vs. 49ers Score: Detroit On Top in 2nd Quarter, 10-7

Both the Detroit Lions and the Ford Field crowd have picked up where they left off on Monday night. In the second quarter of Sunday's game, the 49ers have already picked up three false starts, and they currently trail the Lions by a score of 10-7.

The Lions got the scoring started thanks in part to a fumble recovery by Kyle Vanden Bosch. He beat the left tackle off the edge on San Francisco's first play of the game and stole the ball from Alex Smith. The Lions went down the field thanks to a couple penalties and had to settle for a field goal after getting inside the five-yard line.

The offense got rolling later in the first quarter with a seven-play, 69-yard touchdown drive. It was capped off by an outstanding touchdown catch by Brandon Pettigrew from 16 yards out.

The 49ers responded with their first positive drive of the game. Frank Gore picked up 47 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. The TD cut the deficit to a field goal, which is where things stand early on in the second quarter.


Lions Vs. 49ers: Andre Fluellen Among Inactives

The inactives list has been released for Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. It includes some notable changes from Monday night's game. For one, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen is inactive. With Nick Fairley set to play in his second straight game, Fluellen has been made inactive. It appears he is the odd man out of the rotation at defensive tackle.

The other notable thing about the inactives is that guys like Tony Scheffler and Vincent Fuller are out with injuries. Fuller was brought in just last week to fill in for injured safeties like Erik Coleman and Amari Spievey. Coleman is now on IR, but Spievey is set to start on Sunday.

Here's the full list:

Detroit Lions

QB Drew Stanton

RB Jerome Harrison

OT Jason Fox

TE Tony Scheffler

DT Andre Fluellen

LB Justin Durant

S Vincent Fuller

San Francisco 49ers

QB Scott Tolzien

FB Moran Norris

WR Braylon Edwards

OT Mike Person

OG Daniel Kilgore

DT Ian Williams

CB Tramaine Brock


Week 6 NFL Injury Report: Lions Vs. 49ers

The Detroit Lions have three players out this week, two of whom are recovering from concussions. They have six players listed as probable on the injury report and four listed as questionable. Here's a full rundown:

Detroit Lions

WR Rashied Davis (Foot) - Questionable

TE Tony Scheffler (Concussion) - Out

OT Jason Fox (Foot) - Questionable

DE Cliff Avril (Elbow) - Probable

DE Lawrence Jackson (Hamstring) - Probable

LB Doug Hogue (Hamstring) - Probable

LB DeAndre Levy (Knee) - Probable

LB Stephen Tulloch (Ankle) - Probable

LB Justin Durant (Concussion) - Out

CB Aaron Berry (Groin) - Questionable

S Louis Delmas (Abdomen) - Probable

S Vincent Fuller (Elbow) - Out

S Amari Spievey (Hamstring) - Questionable

San Francisco 49ers

FB Moran Norris (Fibula) - Out

WR Braylon Edwards (Knee) - Out

WR Michael Crabtree (Feet) - Probable

WR Ted Ginn (Finger) - Probable

OG Mike Iupati (Knee) - Probable

OG Adam Snyder (Forearm) - Probable

DT Isaac Sopoaga (Infection) - Probable

LB NaVorro Bowman (Neck) - Probable

CB Tramaine Brock (Hand) - Out

CB Shawntae Spencer (Toe) - Probable

S Dashon Goldson (Knee) - Probable

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