Half Time 49ers 12- Lions 10
49ers may want to change their previous statement that Seattle has the loudest crowd in the NFL. This Detroit Lions crowd started out dominating the 49ers offense who could barley get a play off the first 3 series of the game.
The 49ers defense has looked stout and has kept the team in this game. That TD by Brandon Pettigrew was an awful call by the referees, how can it be called a TD when he didn’t maintain possession? I’ve watched the play about 15 times and I still can’t see how it stood. The pass interference penalty on Carlos Rogers was suspect at best. I hate to play the referee card but anyone watching this game would have to agree the calls are going for the Lions. The unnecessary roughing call against Isaac Sopoaga is a sign of the way the NFL is going, one word wimpy.
Anthony Davis may be getting into N.Suh’s head today, anything the team can do to agitate this guy and take him out of his game is a positive. Anthony Dixon should be on the bench all game long unless there is an injury to Frank Gore or Kendall Hunter, he’s not the power back he should be and he dances around the line too much. If he can’t punch it in from the 1 after Gores 47 yard run he has no purpose on the team. I say re-sign Brian Westbrook and release this chump.
Rooke CB Chris Culliver and Terrell Brown are matched up 1 on 1 with Calvin Johnson WAY too much. They are not doing a bad job so far but this will burn the 49ers if they don’t change that up soon. Megatron only saw 1 pass thrown his way through the first 5 Lions possessions, that defintely will not last into the 2nd half.
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The 49ers need to do a better job matching up with TE Brandon Pettigrew, Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman have matched up with him mostly. Aside from that the defense has done a great job in the first half against a potent Lions offense. It’s time for everyone to recognize this 49er defense as one of the best in the NFL.
Alex Smith does not look rattled or shaken in the least bit by this Lions defense. He’s making adjustments at the line of scrimmage and is standing in the pocket and making plays. The thing the 49ers need to do more of is move the pocket for Smith who thrives on the move.
Michael Crabtree needs to do a better job after making the catch. He looks hesitant with the ball in his hands, Crabtree was known as a playmaker with the ball coming into the league but has looked awful today. Joe Staley is having a misreable game as well, he allowed the sack/fumble on the first possession and was also called for a false start.
Aldon Smith continues over and over again to prove me right that he should be on the field every play. Things didn’t start off pretty with his roughing the passer and offsides penalties. But doesn’t a sack/safety in the endzone make up for all that? It does in my book, no matter who gets credit Smith or Ray McDonald it was Smith’s pressure that caused Matthew Stafford to stumble for the safety. Smith’s dropped INT late in the 2nd quarter was a big miss by the 49ers that would have been a momentum killer and given the 49ers a chance to take the lead before halftime. *Update, originally the sack was credited to McDonald but has been switched to Smith*
David Akers is one of the underrated free agent stars of the season for the 49ers. Great job kicking that 55 yard FG to give the 49ers the lead going into the 2nd half. Remember the 49ers have the ball first in the 2nd half.
2nd half predictions-49ers score a TD on the 1st possession of the 2nd half. Calvin Johnson has his 1st zero TD game. Aldon Smith makes the game’s biggest play sacking Stafford and striping him of the ball. 49ers win 29-24
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