SANTA CLARA -- For five of his seven NFL seasons, 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer's role with the 49ers was never in question.Spencer, 29, who entered this season with a streak of 32 consecu
First-half storyline: The 49ers have only four defensive players back at the same starting position from a year ago. And each of the changes has been for the better.
One way to guard against complacency is to make it clear that competition continues within the team. And that is what coach Jim Harbaugh is doing with the 49ers.
DETROIT -- David Akers nailed a 55-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to give the 49ers a 12-10 lead over the Detroit Lions at halftime.The 49ers led despite getting called for 11