49ers 14, Lions 6 -- halftime report

September 17, 2012, 2:05 am
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers committed their first turnover in 26 regular-season quarters, but the defense made sure the Detroit Lions did not fully cash in.The 49ers led 14-6 at halftime, as the defense managed to hold the Lions to just three field-goal attempts. Detroit kicker Jason Hanson made his tries from 38 and 41 but doinked a 40-yard attempt late in the quarter off the uprights.The 49ers mostly played their nickel defense against the Lions' high-powered offense. Matthew Stafford complted just 7 of 16 passes for 67 yards. The 49ers played their nickel defense for 27 snaps in the first half, while putting their base on the field for just six snaps. In the nickel defense, third cornerback Chris Culliver replaces nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.Safety Dashon Goldson intercepted a poorly thrown Stafford pass late in the first quarter to set up a 49ers touchdown. Receiver Calvin Johnson had three catches for 36 yards in the first half.The 49ers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard after holding the 49ers 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 yardsAnd Smith found Vernon Davis against the coverage of safety John Wendling for a 21-yard touchdown. Wendling started in place of injured Louis Delmas.The 49ers scored another touchdown on the first play of the second quarter when running back Frank Gore had a 1-yard run behind the blocks of Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Delanie Walker and Will Tukuafu.The 49ers elected to take points off the board after the Lions were guilty of running into 49ers kicker David Akers on a 35-yard field goal.Alex Smith completed 7 of 14 pass attempts for 82 yards. The 49ers had four catchable passes slip through their hands.The 49ers' turnover-less streak ended at 26 consecutive regular-season quarters when Kendall Hunter fumbled a kickoff in the first quarter.
Vernon Davis missed some time in the first half when he was poked in the eye. Here's how the play time broke down among the 49ers' eligible receivers in the first half:RB: Frank Gore 23, Kendall Hunter 5.
WR: Michael Crabtree 21, Mario Manningham 19, Kyle Williams 13, Randy Moss 7.
TE: Vernon Davis 20, Delanie Walker 14, Demarcus Dobbs 1.
Extra blockers: Will Tukuafu 3, Daniel Kilgore 2, Leonard Davis 2.

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