San Francisco 49ers 30, Detroit Lions 27
Jimmy Garoppolo’s one-week flirtation with losing is over, as the San Francisco 49ers held on to beat the Detroit Lions, 30-27, improving the young quarterback’s career record as a starter to 8-1.
It was not an easy path to victory for the 49ers, though, as San Francisco ran up a lead of 20-10 early in the third quarter, and 30-13 early in the fourth but had to endure a late attack by Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense to win at home.
Garoppolo completed 18 of 26 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and got plenty of help from Matt Breida, who rushed for 138 yards. That was just enough to beat Stafford who threw for 347 yards and three scores, nearly engineering what would have been his 27th career fourth-quarter comeback.
The final margin of victory was entirely accounted for by three points San Francisco got on a field goal it scored following Detroit’s lone turnover, a fumble by Stafford at the end of a sack in the second quarter. Garoppolo nearly returned the favor with an interception in the fourth quarter, but the play was called back thanks to a defensive holding penalty.
The loss dropped the Lions to 0-2 under…