Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 27, Lions 19

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Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 27, Lions 19

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Smith and Vernon Davis connected on a 21-yard touchdown to open the scoring, and hooked up for a 23-yard score late in the fourth to blow the game open, as the 49ers improved to 2-0 with a 27-19 win.

The offense cashed in a couple opportunities in the first half. Then, the 49ers turned the keys over to their defense and David Akers to navigate the rest of the way.It's a combination that worked so well for the 49ers in 2011. And the 49ers slogged their way to a 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night at Candlestick Park in large part because of a furious defense and Akers' accurate aim.The 49ers scored a pair of first-half touchdowns. And Akers made kicks of 36 and 48 yards in the second half as the 49ers held on for the victory to open the regular season with a 2-0 record.Finally, a turnover: Kendall Hunter fumbled away a kickoff in the first quarter to bring the 49ers' turnover-less streak to an end at 26 consecutive regular-season quarters.Including the playoffs, the 49ers still have not had a turnover since just before halftime of their Thanksgiving Day game against the Baltimore Ravens when Alex Smith's pass for Ted Ginn was picked off.The Lions managed only a field goal out of Hunter's fumble, as the team's defense stiffened after the miscue. The 49ers held the Lions to four Jason Hanson field goals, as he connected from 38, 41, 40 and 48 yards.Cashing in: The 49ers took advantage of two Lions miscues to score a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. First, quarterback Matthew Stafford badly overthrew his intended receiver and safety Dashon Goldson came up with a diving interception.Then, the 49ers would've been content to settle for a David Akers 35-yard field goal. But a running-into-the-kicker inspired coach Jim Harbaugh to take the points off the board. The 49ers eventually cashed in with a 1-yard touchdown run by Frank Gore.Striking fast: The 49ers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard after holding the Lions to a three-and-out on the opening drive.Mario Manningham gained 29 yards on an end-around. Alex Smith hit Michael Crabtree for 17 yards And Smith found Vernon Davis against the coverage of safety John Wendling for a 21-yard touchdown. Wendling started in place of injured Louis Delmas.Randy ratio: Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham have evolved into the 49ers' top two receivers. And the 49ers would bring in Kyle Williams when the 49ers went with three wideouts.That did not leave much playing time for 14-year veteran Randy Moss, who saw limited action Sunday against the Lions. Moss had one catch for 14 yards in the second quarter but would go complete possessions without getting on the field.He did induce a pass interference call in the end zone that directly led to Frank Gore's 1-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter run to give the 49ers a 14-6 lead.
Rookies sit: Receiver A.J. Jenkins, the 49ers' first-round draft pick, and running back LaMichael James, chosen in the second round, were both inactive. Both are healthy, but the 49ers coaching staff does not believe either is among the 49ers' top 46 players.Teams must dress only 46 of their 53 players. And when Brandon Jacobs (left knee) and Ted Ginn (right ankle) return from injuries, both Jenkins and James figure to be bumped another rung down the ladder.

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew left no room for Gamble

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew left no room for Gamble

During the month the 49ers had no general manager or head coach, Tom Gamble was the next-highest-ranking football official and was charge of the personnel department on an interim basis.

But CEO Jed York made it clear from the beginning Gamble, whom Trent Baalke promoted to assistant general manager just prior to the start of training camp last summer, would not be considered for a promotion to general manager.

John Lynch, with no front-office experience, was hired over Arizona’s Terry McDonough and Minnesota’s George Paton. Before Lynch’s introductory press conference, he hired two top lieutenants in the personnel department to usurp Gamble on the organization's power structure.

On Wednesday, the 49ers announced what had become inevitable: Gamble was leaving the organization.

“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” Gamble said in a statement. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Lynch’s first move as general manager was to hire Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to serve as 49ers vice president of player personnel.

Lynch worked alongside Peters when Lynch took part in Broncos meetings and prospect evaluations, which included a trip to the NFL scouting combine, prior to the 2013 draft.

“That month, month-and-a-half, I actually sat next to Adam every day,” Lynch told CSNBayArea.com. “Those are long meetings. I’d listen to him and we’d talk in between about players. I just saw way back then, he’s a guy who’s highly respected in the league. I firmly believe in two, three years, he would’ve been a GM. He was on that track, at least.”

During Lynch’s introductory press conference a week later, he announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive. Lynch and Mayhew were teammates in the secondary for Lynch’s first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mayhew spent seven seasons as Detroit Lions general manager. Mayhew should be able to provide Lynch with valuable counsel as learns on the job after spending the past eight seasons as a TV analyst on FOX.

“Martin has sat in the seat as a general manager and his experience will play an integral role in helping us locate the type of football player we want representing this organization both on the field and in the community,” Lynch said.

Gamble recently completed his 29th NFL season and his 10th with the 49ers in two stints. After he was fired as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of personnel late in the 2014 season, and came back to the 49ers in the 2015 offseason.

While with the Eagles, Gamble was one of the few individuals in the front office who worked well with Chip Kelly. Gamble played an important role in speaking up for Kelly and bringing him to the 49ers last offseason.

Kelly and Baalke were fired after the 49ers' 2-14 season, and the 49ers promoted the ability to create a fresh start when a new coach and general manager. While the 49ers were expecting Gamble to remain with the organization through the draft, his spot with the organization was going to be tenuous with a new regime.

“He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him,” Lynch said in a statement. “After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities.”

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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