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

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.