Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers final score: Tacky holding call ends Lions’ comeback attempt

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fell to 0-2 on
the season, and in true Lions fashion, it ended with some controversy. Let’s get
into it.First quarterThe Detroit Lions started the game on offense and built a
little bit of confidence on the ground, gaining a couple of first downs before
getting to midfield. There the drive stalled when Kerryon Johnson came up 2
yards short on third-and-3.The 49ers responded quickly with a 28-yard run. Then
a 35-yard pass to Dante Pettis. However, when the Niners got into the red zone,
the Lions defense stepped up with back-to-back sacks, forcing a short field
goal, in which Robbie Gould promptly made. 3-0 49ers. But the Lions offense
finally showed some life early in the game. Kenny Golladay continues to be the
working force behind the Lions offense, and he capped a 69-yard touchdown with
this catch: Second quarterKyle Shanahan’s offense continued to move the ball
efficiently against Matt Patricia’s defense as the game moved to the second
quarter. The Lions only managed to force two third downs (a third-and-1 and
third-and-2), as the Niners quickly scored on a broken coverage play. 49ers 10,
Lions 7.From there the offenses slowed down a bit. The Lions went three-and-out,
but then they forced a punt thanks to a huge tackle for loss from rookie
defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand. But on the ensuing drive, Matthew Stafford made
another grave mistake. Facing a third-and-3, Stafford couldn’t find an open
receiver. Instead of throwing the ball away, he tried to extend the play and was
too careless with the ball, fumbling it away and giving the 49ers the ball in
the red zone. Thankfully, the Lions defense held strong and San Francisco had to
add a field goal. 13-7 49ers.The Lions offense continued to be stuck in neutral,
especially in third-and-short situations. However, the defense forced a
three-and-out late in the second quarter, giving the Lions time for a
two-minute, one-minute drive (thanks to some poor clock management from
Patricia). Stafford drove the Lions into the red zone, but couldn’t punch it in,
and the Lions settled for a chip-shot field goal. 13-10 49ers.Third quarterThe
Lions special teams remained cursed in the third quarter as the 49ers took the
opening kickoff for a touchdown. A facemask penalty took the points off the
board ,
but San Francisco still started with the ball inside the Lions’ 30-yard line. A
few plays later, Jimmy Garoppolo found Garrett Celek for an 11-yard score. 20-10
49ers.The Lions got a kick start with a good return of their own, as Jamal Agnew
got the Lions to midfield. From there, the Lions rushed their way into the red
zone, but back-to-back holding penalties drove the Lions back. Conservative
play-calling mixed with checkdowns led to another field goal. 20-13 49ers. The
Lions defense won a Pyrrhic victory on the next drive, forcing a punt, but
losing Darius Slay to a concussion. The Lions defense got to midfield, but again
failed on a third down. A nice Sam Martin pinned the 49ers deep, but it wouldn’t
end up mattering, because...The Lions defense couldn’t stop the run, and Matt
Breida went 66-yards to push the score to two possessions. 27-13 49ersFourth
quarterWe’re bullet-pointing again:Lions’ three-and-out49ers field goal. 30-17
49ers.Matthew Stafford connects with Golden Tate on a 67-yard play. Marvin Jones
Jr. finished the drive with a touchdown. 30-20 49ers.Defense holds for a
three-and-outAgnew punt return TD called back due to two block in the back
penaltiesLions drive down field, as Stafford hits *checks notes* MICHAEL
ROBERTS???? 30-27 49ers. And that’s where the controversy started. The Lions
defense had one chance for a stop and a third-and-2, and Tracy Walker stepped in
front of a Jimmy Garoppolo pass and nearly took it to the house. Unfortunately a
holding penalty on Quandre Diggs negated the interception and the 49ers got an
automatic first down.Was it the right call? It didn’t seem like a lot, but Diggs
did get his hands on George Kittle.The 49ers ended up running out most of the
clock and while the Lions got one more opportunity to score, they fell short
after a couple key drops from Theo Riddick. PregameIt’s gameday and the Detroit
Lions are back in action this week in the hopes of putting Week 1 far, far
behind them. It’s was a suspicious way for the Matt Patricia era to begin, but
as ugly as it was, it was only one game. Patricia’s head coaching career will
not be defined simply by a opening egg.The Lions will be without starting guard
T.J. Land and the San Francisco 49ers will be without their starting (and
backup) guards as well. The good news for Detroit is that it looks like a couple
other key players going through injuries will be good to go. According to Ian
Rapoport, both running back LeGarrette Blount and edge rusher Ezekiel Ansah are
expected to play Sunday afternoon, despite both being questionable on the injury
report. With the Lions chilling on the west coast, we won’t get to see them
until the 4 p.m. ET spot. Here’s how to catch them, as Week 2 kicks off. How to
watch Lions vs. 49ersDate: Sunday, September 16 Youth
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 , 2018Kickoff time: 4:05 p.m. ETTV:
FOXWeek 2 TV map: Click hereAnnouncers: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris
Spielman (analyst), Shannon Spake (sideline reporter)Online streaming: Fox
Sports GoNational radio: Sports USA Media (Bob FitzgeraldHank Bauer)Local radio:
WJR-AM NEWS TALK 760 (Dan Miller, Lomas Brown)Line: 49ers by 72019 NFL Draft
Watch: Week 2 EDGE Maxx Crosby (Eastern Michigan) 6-foot-5, 247 pounds |
JuniorThe Eagles face off against Purdue at 12 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
If you’re able to watch or have a chance to watch any EMU games this year, I
highly recommend giving Crosby a look. With 11 sacks (a single-season record for
EMU) and 16.5 tackles for a loss, Crosby dominated the stat sheet during his
sophomore year. He is very active with his hands off the edge and uses his
length to disrupt and control the point of attack. Although he can be a bit
reckless at times, Crosby often makes up for his deficiencies with his
athleticism and high-effort plays. His burst off the snap is fairly decent, and
he is a great mover in space for his size. Crosby was absent during EMU’s opener
against Monmouth last week after being suspended by the team, but should make
his first appearance of the year on Saturday.LB Joe Bachie (Michigan State)
6-foot-2, 238 pounds | JuniorObviously, as a State fan, I am a big Joe Bachie
fan, but I believe he’s going to be a much better college player than he will be
a pro. That’s not to say that he can’t have a successful NFL career, but I don’t
think he has the athleticism to excel in a passing league, where his ceiling may
be a bit low.Still, Bachie is arguably the best in the country at stopping the
run and absolutely dominated in that area of his game last year. He has become
the leader of the Spartans’ defense and has helped revitalize the tough,
hard-nosed mentality that they once had under Dantonio.Bachie had a huge game in
MSU’s close win over Utah State, including a game-sealing interception to close
out a win.I would also include Brian Lewerke, MSU’s quarterback on this list,
since the Lions could really use some young (and talented) blood behind
Stafford, but I have already seen a few (namely The Draft Network) rank Lewerke
as their No. 1 QB in the class, and it’s very unlikely that the Lions will
select a QB as early as Lewerke could hear his name called.If you’re on the east
coast ,
then you might have trouble staying up to watch the entirety of MSU’s night game
against Arizona State. It kicks at 10:45 p.m. ET on ESPN, and will likely end
close to 2 a.m.LB T.J. Edwards (Wisconsin) 6-foot-1, 242 pounds | SeniorSince
we’re on the topic of linebackers, Edwards is another name to watch and has made
a name for himself over the past couple years as one of the best cover
linebackers in the country. Edwards hauled in an impressive four interceptions
last year with six passes deflected, to boot. He may be a bit undersized and
might not test extremely well in pure speed, but his instincts and the angles he
takes are enough to make up for at least some of his lack of speed, as he is
often there to make a play on the ball.I like Edwards as a WILL in a 4-3 or a
3-4 ILB, but he has the flexibility to move around if need be.If you have the
Big Ten Network, you’ll likely get this game or Eastern Michigan depending on
your area (noon kickoff).LB Joe Giles-Harris (Duke) 6-foot-2, 240 pounds | RS
JuniorI think you get the theme. The Lions are going to need to go heavy on the
defensive side of the ball at some point, whether it’s free agency, the draft or
both. This may be the year to add a bunch of pieces to the front-seven because
it looks there are going to be a lot of very good prospects to choose
from.Giles-Harris is a much better athlete than the previous two linebackers in
this piece and doesn’t have to worry about running off to the sidelines on third
down. He excels in the passing game, showing the ability to get from
sideline-to-sideline in an instant and has proven that he can drop back in both
zone- and man-coverage.There are very few concerns I have with Giles-Harris when
watching his tape, but you don’t really see his name mentioned with other top
linebackers in this upcoming class. If he has another dominant year and tests
well (which he should), I expect to see his name rise up near the top of the
list and I think he could be a perfect fit for Patricia’s Year 2 defense.This
game will be featured on ESPNU at noon and will give us a nice look at
Giles-Harris on one side and Paddy Fisher (who we focused on a little last week)
on the other at linebacker.CB Alijah Holder (Stanford) 6-foot-1, 191 pounds | RS
SeniorA game to watch out for is No. 17 USC at No. 10 Stanford at 8:00 p.m. ET
on FOX.Holder has had to overcome injuries which held him to only 12 appearances
in 2016 and 2017 combined. He also looks pretty thin for his size and will need
to bulk up eventually when preparing for the NFL, but he’s definitely not
lacking in ability.His most notable play was a pick-six on Freshman at the time,
Josh Rosen, where he exhibits his ball skills and some ability to run after the
catch, as well.Holder is at his best when using his size to his advantage in
press coverage and has a great understanding of how to use his hands to disrupt
routes and win early at the line of scrimmage. This should be a great test for
Holder, as he’ll be lining up against some talented Trojan receivers, like
Amon-Ra St. Brown (brother of Equinameous) and redshirt sophomore Tyler
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