The handshakes exchanged by Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and his counterpart on the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, sapped much of the focus on Sunday night's matchup, an understandable turn since the previous handshake 11 months ago turned into a spectacle.
But what occurred in between the pre- and postgame handshakes -- both went off without incident -- may have been the real storyline: The 49ers offense did not just lend a hand to its vaunted defense, it once again rammed the ball down an opponent's throat, and it still has plenty of room to improve.
"The sky is the limit," 49ers tight end Vernon Davis proclaimed after he compiled 73 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the 49ers' 27-19 win at Candlestick Park. "We can get as good as we want. We're missing guys. We are missing Brandon Jacobs, Ted Ginn. We've got a lot of weapons. We've got a lot of great things going on for us. I'm excited about those guys coming back and contributing."
Niners quarterback Alex Smith ap...