Head coaches Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh handled pregame and postgame handshakes without incident Sunday.
Some players weren't so diplomatic after Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers defeated Schwartz's Detroit Lions by a 27-19 score at Candlestick Park.
The Lions have a reputation for getting in the extra push. The 49ers were aware of that reputation. Their offense appeared intent on making sure the Lions weren't the only ones setting an edgy tone.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 49ers offensive tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis reveled in coming out ahead against the Lions' defensive front. Staley: "They didn't want any part of us up front. Look at the game. We killed them. Every single pressure they got was cheap. ... They weren't beating us one on one. We ran for about 200 yards (148 yards) on the so-called best D-line in all of football." Noted: The comments from Staley and Davis offer a window into just how personal and competitive competition can be. Davis said he particularly enjoyed kneeling on the ball late in the game because it forced the Lions to "stare at us for 50 seconds and know it's over." Of course, the Lions, though talented along their line, did not have the best defensive line in this game.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com looks at Michael Crabtree's evolving identity. Ratto: "Now he is the team’s second most important receiver behind Vernon Davis, and if he isn’t Jerry Rice-esque, he does a pretty decent early career imitation of Fred Biletnikoff. Not so much stylistically, as Biletnikoff was stealthier, but as the solution to some bad down-and-distance predicaments. In short, he moves chains -– five of his six catches went for first downs, and while he still fretted about the one he dropped on a third-and-five early in the second quarter, he more than made his bones on a cranky night with cranky opponents."
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News says the threat of Frank Gore and the 49ers' ground game opened up Vernon Davis for a touchdown reception.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee asks whether the Lions' Cliff Avril poked Davis in the eye as a followup to a confrontation featuring Avril, Davis and Delanie Walker. Also: The 49ers' top two rookie draft choices, A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James, were among the players San Francisco listed as inactive.
Earlier: Harbaugh and Schwartz share nothing close to the animosity that has existed between coaches previously.