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updated: 9/16/2012 10:55 PM

Stingy 49ers defense denies Detroit in 27-19 win

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  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith drops back to throw during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions in San Francisco.

      San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith drops back to throw during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions in San Francisco.
    Associated Press

 
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SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's stingy defense denied Matthew Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and the 49ers beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers.

Smith completed 20 of 31 throws for 226 yards and extended his franchise-record streak of passes without an interception to 216, leading the NFC West favorite Niners (2-0) to their ninth straight win in the series. Smith took a hard hand to the helmet from John Wendling late and bloodied his nose.

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The 49ers ran their home winning streak against the Lions (1-1) to 12 -- and there was no heated greeting afterward this time. Coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz met before the game with a friendly hello and handshake.

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