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49ers 6.5-point favorites vs. Lions

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49ers 6.5-point favorites vs. Lions

(AP) -- DETROIT (1-0) At SAN FRANCISCO (1-0)Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBCOPENING LINE - 49ers by 6 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 0-1; San Francisco 1-0SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 36-27-1AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions, No. 13; 49ers, No. 2LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Lions, 25-19, Oct. 16, 2011LAST WEEK - Lions beat Rams 27-23; 49ers beat Packers 30-22STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Francisco 12-1 in series at Candlestick Park. ... Niners handed Lions first loss in 2011 following 5-0 start. ... 49ers have six straight regular-season games without turnover. ... Last year's penalty-filled game featured four lead changes in second half. San Francisco fell behind 10-0 in first quarter. ... 49ers QB Alex Smith has gone 185 straight passes without INT, best in franchise history, passing Hall of Famer Steve Young's 184. Smith had 125.6 QB rating last week. Niners 11-0 in games when he has rating over 100.0. ... San Francisco kept Calvin Johnson out of end zone in 2011 game after he became NFL's first player with nine TD catches in initial five games of a season. Johnson still had seven catches for 113 yards, Brandon Pettigrew with eight catches for 42 yards and TD. ... Last year's game at Ford Field ended with Jim Harbaugh's hard backslap and handshake that irked Jim Schwartz and they had to be separated. Both say no bad blood now. ... Lions still had two top starting DBs, Louis Delmas (knee) and Chris Houston (ankle), on injury report after each missed opener. ... San Francisco K David Akers booted 63-yard field goal last week to tie NFL record and is 3 for 3 on the season. Hit 55-yarder last year vs. Lions on way to single-season NFL mark of 44. ... Three-time Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore had first 100-yard game of year at Green Bay after getting a franchise-best five straight during one stretch in 2011. ... Detroit's Matthew Stafford, No. 1 pick from the 2009 draft, threw three interceptions before halftime for first time last week. Still wound up with 355 yards passing. ... Niners Michael Crabtree matched career high with nine receptions for 77 yards in 11 meeting. ... Lions 2012 starting offensive line leads NFL in games started for their current team with 494 regular-season and five in playoffs for 499. ... Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure must sit out second game of two-game suspension to start year for violating NFL's

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

On Monday, Jerry Rice shared some words of wisdom with the 49ers in a team meeting.

He also stuck around and went through warmup drills with 49ers receivers.

49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson engaged in some back-and-forth dialogue with the living legend.

"He was giving me a little bit of trash talk. I was giving it back to him though (laughing)," Robinson explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show. "If he wanted to line up with me, I was ready. And I wasn't gonna hold back.

"I kept calling him, I was like, 'I know you don't want to come out here,' But then he finally came over there and he was giving me some trash talk."

It's all but certain that Robinson will start on the outside when the 49ers host the Panthers in Week 1.

He struggled in the exhibition opener against the Chiefs last Friday night.

On the first play of the game, Tyreek Hill ran right past Robinson for a 33-year completion along the sideline.

"I didn't really think they were gonna do a deep ball," Robinson said. "I fell away from my fundamentals. That's one thing I can say ... that just boils back to having short-term memory."

Later in the drive -- on 3rd and 6 from the 49ers' 11-yard line -- he missed a tackle that resulted in a 1st and Goal at the 2-yard line.

The Chiefs scored on the next play.

"Can't really beat yourself up about it ... gotta let it go."

Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

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Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."

On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.

"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.

"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."

Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.

And according to Kyle Shanahan:

“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.

“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.

"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”

Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?

"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.

"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."