NFL Preview Capsule: 49ers At Lions
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OPENING LINE – Lions by 5
RECORD VS. SPREAD – San Francisco 4-0-1; Detroit 4-0-1
SERIES RECORD – 49ers lead 34-26-1
LAST MEETING – 49ers beat Lions, Dec. 27, 2009
LAST WEEKS – 49ers beat Buccaneers 48-3; Lions beat Bears 24-13
49ERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (12), PASS (29)
49ERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (13), RUSH (4T), PASS (23)
LIONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (24), PASS (7)
LIONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (12), RUSH (18), PASS (12)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Turnaround teams combined 9-1 after being 1-9 at same point last season. … Both have benefited from turnover margin: plus 10 for 49ers, plus 7 for Lions. … San Francisco has won seven straight in series. … 49ers coming off most lopsided win since beating Denver by same margin in 1990 Super Bowl. … Lions shooting for first 6-0 start since beating San Francisco to start 6-0 in 1956, year before their last NFL title. … 49ers, off to best start since 2002, have chance to be 5-1 for first time since 1998 when they won six of first seven games. … Detroit has won nine straight regular season games, NFL’s longest active streak. … San Francisco has chance to win four straight for first time since 2001 and three in row on road for first time since 1992. … Lions WR Calvin Johnson is first NFL player with nine TD catches in first five games of a season. … Vernon Davis, who caught two passes for scores last week for 49ers, leads all TEs with 23 TDs since 2009. … Lions QB Matthew Stafford has thrown 19 TDs in past seven games, best stretch for franchise since 1951 when Hall of Famer Bobby Layne had as many TD passes over seven games.
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