Offense: The 49ers' game plan is to punch Detroit in the mouth, and they succeed. They rush for 148 yards, 89 by Frank Gore, who runs in his second touchdown of the season. Would-be receivers, however, drop too many Alex Smith passes. Grade: B+.
Defense: The 49ers bend but never break. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson isn't exactly quiet but is held under control. The nickel defense also does a fine job against the run. Grade: A-
Special teams: Kendall Hunter coughs up the ball on a kickoff return, and the coverage units show again that they aren't as stout as last year's group. The biggest special-teams play comes when the Lions run into David Akers. Grade: C
Overall: Like last year's game in Detroit, this is a rough-and-tumble affair with plenty after-the-play fireworks. This time, the 49ers don't need last-minute heroics from Delanie Walker and Smith because they are in control from the start. Grade: A-
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