Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/12/12

Story lines abound in the 49ers' nationally televised rematch with the Lions on Sunday night at Candlestick Park. First, there's the ongoing relationship, if that's what you can call it, between the two coaches -- the Lions' Jim Schwartz and the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh.

The two nearly brawled at the end of a hard-fought game in Detroit last October. The 49ers won it, 25-19, in the last minute with a 6-yard pass from Alex Smith to tight end Delanie Walker. A few moments later, a jubilant Harbaugh bounded across the field, tore his sweatshirt out of his pants and slapped Schwartz on the back while repeating the words, "(Bleep) yeah! (Bleep) yeah!"

Schwartz then ran to confront Harbaugh about his antics and outburst. The two coaches needed to be separated by players, security and public relations staffs.

The confrontation prompted the league to talk to both coaches.

Since then, Harbaugh has kept his emotions in check until he reaches the sanctity of the 49ers' locker room. While Harbaugh would never admit it publicly, he learned from the experience. He was also in no mood to revisit the matter, telling reporters on Monday that it was a "minor controversy."

Harbaugh also said, "To put (the handshake) next to the game itself is missing the point in my opinion," Harbaugh said. "I don't know if I have anything more that I could possibly add to it."

Meanwhile, Schwartz said he has seen Harbaugh at the NFL Combine and during offseason NFL meetings and the coaches exchanged pleasantries without incident.

"It happened so long ago that that occurred," Schwartz said. "When these two teams take the field on Sunday, that won't be on one player's mind."

The 49ers will be far more concerned with the challenge of facing a young, talented team. Once again the 49ers will confront a spread-like attack, just like they encountered in Green Bay in the season opener.

The 49ers’ approach is likely going to be similar to their game plan against the Packers, which means the defense will play both safeties back to help out their cornerbacks against Detroit's talented set of receivers.

The headliner, of course, is Calvin Johnson, and in last year's game, the 49ers rarely left him single- covered. Both Tarell Brown and extra cornerback Chris Culliver had help with either Dashon Goldson or Donte Whitner over the top.

Meanwhile, the Lions, a team that struggled to beat the Rams at home last week, know they are also in for a challenge.

"That team was in the NFC Championship Game last year," Schwartz said. "Their quarterback played well and their defense played very well and they got a win at Lambeau. We certainly know how difficult that is."

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