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0-2, 4th in NFC North
Stafford: 'It starts with me being as good as I can be' (0:29)
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2dMichael Rothstein

Lions DB Diggs rips fourth-quarter holding call

Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs says a holding call against him that negated a potentially game-changing interception was "awful" because it wasn't holding and it was away from the ball. "I don't feel like you make that call at the end," Diggs said.

Patricia comments on his team's 'fight to the end' attitude (0:36)
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49ers hang on to beat Lions 30-27

Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes, Matt Breida ran for 138 yards and San Francisco's longest TD run in four seasons , and the 49ers bounced back from a season-opening loss by beating the Detroit Lions 30-27 on Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

It looked like it was headed toward another blowout, but that the Detroit Lions showed signs of life Sunday in a 30-27 loss to San Francisco has to at least be somewhat encouraging for the franchise -- a group that looked in real trouble after the first seven quarters of the season. This was always going to be a tough game for the Lions to win on a short week traveling across the country but Detroit gave itself a shot to win at the end...and that's progress after a 31-point blowout in Week 1. So, at least in theory, the Lions have something to build on heading into Week 3 against New England.

Blount ejected early in 4th (0:27)
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2dMichael Rothstein

Lions' Slay out with concussion; Blount ejected

Detroit Lions All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay left Sunday's game against San Francisco with a concussion and was ruled out, while LeGarrette Blount was ejected for leaving the bench area and shoving the 49ers' Elijah Lee.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions defense is now missing their top two players as Darius Slay has been ruled out with a concussion. Detroit was already missing defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who was inactive with a shoulder injury. With Slay out, the Lions have used Nevin Lawson and Teez Tabor as the team's outside cornerbacks.

Golladay spins his way to 30-yard TD (0:28)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

This was clear improvement for the Lions in the first half against San Francisco. They had drives that moved the ball well -- one a two-minute drill that resulted in a field goal and another that ended in a Kenny Golladay touchdown. The defense also looked better. While the four sacks Detroit picked up were largely based off coverage, the Lions were getting to Jimmy Garoppolo better than they did Sam Darnold last week. The Lions still look shaky with the run, though -- both on offense and defense. But considering how Detroit looked six days ago, this should be considered improvement.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have been particularly effective in the first half with their larger coverage packages. Detroit has sacked Jimmy Garoppolo four times and at least three of them came not necessarily because of dynamic pass rush pressure, but because of good coverage by the secondary, forcing Garoppolo to hold the ball too long. Marked change from last week here for Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions without Ezekiel Ansah today gives the team a big hole when it comes to the type of pressure they'll be able to create against San Francisco's offense. Lions, minus Ansah, struggled to get to Sam Darnold last week. Detroit is going to need LB Devon Kennard -- who had success getting pressure last week -- to replicate that again this week. Also probably need at least one unexpected player to fill in, be it Kerry Hyder or A'Shawn Robinson, who was inactive last week but active this week.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: DE Ezekiel Ansah, RG T.J. Lang, OT Andrew Donnal, RB Ameer Abdullah, WR Brandon Powell, OL Jamil Demby, TE Hakeem Valles.

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4dMichael Rothstein

Lions minus Lang, potentially 2 others vs. Niners

The Lions won't have T.J. Lang (back) on Sunday in San Francisco, and Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) could join him on the sideline.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang and Andrew Donnal OUT for the Lions. Ezekiel Ansah, LeGarrette Blount questionable.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Ziggy Ansah said he's optimistic for playing this weekend. Wouldn't definitively give an answer. He said he found out it wasn't super serious the following day. Said he was sad to not be out there the majority of Monday night.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Some Lions defensive backs doing work with Matt Patricia looking on.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang and Andrew Donnal were not at open portion of Lions practice Friday. Ezekiel Ansah was there but didn't do all that much trying to get back from a shoulder injury.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said it'll be a "case-by-case" basis whether a player has to practice during the week in order to play Sunday. Experience, etc., come into play. (Important to keep in mind potentially for Ezekiel Ansah and T.J. Lang)

Team Stats

Passing Yards314.56th
Rushing Yards68.530th
Points For22.0
Points Against39.0Tied-31st

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(20)Frank RagnowCArkansas
2(11)Kerryon JohnsonRBAuburn
3(18)Tracy WalkerSLouisiana-Lafayette
4(14)Da'Shawn HandDEAlabama
5(16)Tyrell CrosbyOTOregon
7(19)Nick BawdenFBSan Diego State