Story and Photo by R. Mascardo

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers dealt the Lions their second straight loss
September 16 at 49ers home ground, Levi Stadium.

Two weeks into the season, it appears that the Detroit Lions have not recovered from a bad start.

While the game almost drew to a close by two window-dressing score in the fourth quarter, Matthew Stafford touchdown passes to Marvin Jones and Michael Roberts, the Lions were too careless where it counted and it cost them a winnable game.

Matt Breida ran for 138 yards and touchdown on just 11 carries for the 49ers. Stafford missed several open shots to his wide receivers. And the Lions were flagged for 10 costly penalties including two huge ones in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 30-13 early in the fourth quarter, the Lions rallied with two late touchdowns. This happened when Blount was ejected for coming onto the side line and shoving 49ers linebacker Elijah Lee after he knocked a scrambling Stafford out of bounds
with a big hit.

With the 49ers trying to kill the clock on the next series, Tracy Walker intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo’s pass on third down and returned it inside the 49ers 10-yard line. But the take-away was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty against the Lions defender.

The 49ers ran another 1:05 on the clock and forced the Lions to use the remaining time-outs before punting the ball back to the Lions with just a minute to play.

Photo: By R. Mascardo

NEXT: 49ers hit the road for week 3 to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, September 30.