(SAN FRANCISCSO) — The Handshake Game Part II lacked the drama of its predeccesor. Which is just fine for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners (2-0) got two touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Smith and their stingy defense did the rest in a 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions.
In the first matchup since last year’s heated postgame handshake between head coaches Jim Schwartz and John Harbaugh, the meeting after was much more subdued.
“I thought it went good,” Harbaugh said.
Tight end Vernon Davis caught both Smith TD’s and finished five catches for 73 yards. The 49ers outgained the Lions (1-1) 349-296.
“We didn’t do a job enough job in anything,” Schwartz said. “Whether it was the run game, the pass game, defense, special teams. We need to play better in all phases. We left a lot of opportunities on the field.”
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was only 19 of 32 with one touchdown and an interception.
The 49ers had a huge advantage on the ground, gaining 148 rushing yards compared to 82 for Detroit. Frank Gore led the way with 89 yards and a touchdown.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN