Posted September 16, 2012 on sfo.scout.com
Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, including Alex Smith driving with blood dripping in crunch time, turning over a chance at NFL history, losing the battle of cheap shots, Vernon Davis’ post-TD jump shots, Dashon Goldson’s sticky mitts in center field, WRs Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham and much more? Check inside.
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