Megatron Calven Johnson keeps defensive coordinators up at night. His amazing skill drives teams to create elaborate schemes in a vain attempt to take him out of the game. This year he has scored at least one touchdown in each regular season game. So last Sunday we watched to see what 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would come up with. The answer was pretty much to do what he has against all the receivers he has been up against, he trusted his secondary. Several times Vic put Megatron on an island. Johnson got his catches with seven on the day, just one off from his season high of eight. Johnson got his yards, 113 yards, 16.1 on average per catch, a 41 yard long catch to make up the bulk of his yards. What was missing from Johnson’s resume this week was a touchdown. That missing touchdown was what cost the Lions the game.
The 49ers secondary stepped up the pressure; however they were denied an interception by the offence. The closest exception of course was Aldon Smith, who couldn’t hold onto a ball he stepped in the way of. Two things helped the secondary perform at such a high level, which was missing in years past. There was a physical pass rush that reminded Matt Safford he had limited time to hold the ball, and the offence stayed on the field for large chunks of time.
In retrospect it is easy to see that, with superb coaching, and the team firing on all cylinders gave the 49ers secondary a chance to perform to their optimal ability. The defeat of Megatron and the Lions, gave 49ers fans a sneak peak at an NFC West title performance.