Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smith-Davis Combo Boosts San Francisco; 49ers 27, Lions 19; They Hook Up on Two Touchdown Passes, Gore Also Gets into End Zone

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smith-Davis Combo Boosts San Francisco; 49ers 27, Lions 19; They Hook Up on Two Touchdown Passes, Gore Also Gets into End Zone

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SAN FRANCISCO - Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes to Vernon Davis, Frank Gore ran for 89 yards and a score and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 Sunday night.

San Francisco's stout defense smothered Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson on a cold, late summer night at Candlestick Park. The Lions settled for field goals of 41, 40, 38 and 48 yards by Jason Hanson before finally scoring a TD late in the game.

San Francisco stopped the Lions three-and-out on the game's opening possession and took all of four plays and 72 seconds to complete its 67-yard TD drive that ended with Davis' 21-yard TD catch.

A pass interference penalty on Chris Culliver and a fumble by Kendall Hunter put the Lions deep in San Francisco territory on the next two possessions.

Detroit's drives stalled each time, settling for field goals each time.

San Francisco picked on Detroit's depleted secondary from the start and took command when Davis hauled in a 23-yard TD pass from Smith midway through the final period. …

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