When the 49ers venture into Ford Field Sunday to play the Lions, they’ll have history on their side.
Which, of course, will be of as much use as a history textbook would be in blocking Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The Niners have beaten the Lions seven straight times, with San Francisco winning the last matchup 20-6 in 2009. But these Niners and Lions have been nothing like their past incarnations.
Sunday’s game is one of the marquee matchups of this NFL weekend. The 5-0 Lions, coming off a Monday night victory over the Bears, are off to their best start since 1956. San Francisco, now 4-1, is off to its best start in nine seasons under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh.
Dealing with the Lions’ “Apocalypse Now” defensive line, anchored by Suh, presents a challenge for San Francisco, as does the Lions balanced offense that features young quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiving star Calvin Johnson – the first NFL player ever to have nine TD catches in the first five games of a sea...