Lions
49ers
13 - 31 Final
  for this game

49ers drop Lions to 0-3

Sep 22, 2008 - 12:30 AM By Tom Kent PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- J.T. O'Sullivan and Mike Martz exacted some revenge on their old team.

O'Sullivan threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns as the San Francisco 49ers won their second straight game behind O'Sullivan with a 31-13 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

San Francisco running back Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards on 27 attempts and a score to keep the Lions (0-3) winless.

"It feels great," said Gore of the victory. "Especially with the way we moved the ball. It made easier with the way we mixed up the pass and run."

O'Sullivan finished 16-of-23 with the two scoring passes and zero interceptions in just his third career start.

"It's not complicated," said Niners head coach Mike Nolan of O'Sullivan's play. "He's a good player and he continues to get better."

O'Sullivan, who beat out former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith in the offseason, had his breakout game last week in San Francisco's overtime victory against the Seattle Seahawks.

The journeyman quarterback, who spent parts of seven seasons with eight different organizations, including the backup role with Detroit last season, was stellar against his old teammates, connecting with Isaac Bruce and Delanie Walker for touchdown passes in the first half.

"It was about winning this week," O'Sullivan said. "That's the reality for us. I'm excited about the way we played today, but I still think we can get better."

Before being hired as the 49ers' offensive coordinator this season, Martz spent the last two seasons calling plays for the Lions. Martz was let go by the Lions after they posted a 3-13 record in 2006 and a 7-9 mark last season.

O'Sullivan already is drawing comparisons to former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, who rose from obscurity to win a Super Bowl and two league MVP awards under Martz's tutelage in St. Louis.

"We're all about doing our jobs right now," O'Sullivan said. "The offensive line did a great job today as well as the running game."

Lions quarterback John Kitna completed 15-of-30 attempts for 146 yards, including a touchdown and an interception.

"We have to be able to make plays," Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said. "The players, coaches, everyone. We didn't do that today."

Detroit's loss may have been compounded by a knee injury to Kitna in the final two minutes. Team officials said they did not know the severity of the injury.

Rudi Johnson replaced rookie running back Kevin Smith in the first quarter and rushed for 83 yards on 14 carries. He also had three receptions for 48 yards, including a 34-yard scoring pass.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NFL
    DETROIT 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 31 FINAL

    Sep 21 7:19 PM


  • NFL
    DETROIT 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 31 4:16 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    DET BALL ON DET 30 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Lions 13, 49ers 31  4th - 4:16Sep 21 6:51 PM


  • NFL
    TD DET
    RUDI JOHNSON 34 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (JASON HANSON KICK)
    DETROIT 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 28 6:57 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Lions 13, 49ers 28  4th - 6:57Sep 21 6:44 PM


  • NFL
    TD SFO
    ALLEN ROSSUM 1 YD RUN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    DETROIT 6
    SAN FRANCISCO 28 9:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Lions 6, 49ers 28  3rd - 9:31Sep 21 6:31 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 3 3 6
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 14 0 21 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 6 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK),
    12:44. Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards in
    3:15. Key plays: Gore 33-yard run
    to Detroit 6. SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
    2ND QUARTE

    Sep 21 6:21 PM


  • NFL
    FG DET
    JASON HANSON 51 YD
    DETROIT 6
    SAN FRANCISCO 21 1:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Lions 6, 49ers 21  3rd - 1:43Sep 21 6:15 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 3 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 6 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK),
    12:44. Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards in
    3:15. Key plays: Gore 33-yard run
    to Detroit 6. SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: S

    Sep 21 5:22 PM


  • NFL
    TD SFO
    DELANIE WALKER 24 YD PASS FROM J.T. O'SULLIVAN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    DETROIT 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 21 5:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Lions 3, 49ers 21  2nd - 5:48Sep 21 5:07 PM


  • NFL
    FG DET
    JASON HANSON 44 YD
    DETROIT 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 7:23 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Lions 3, 49ers 14  2nd - 7:23Sep 21 5:00 PM


  • NFL
    TD SFO
    FRANK GORE 4 YD RUN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    DETROIT 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 12:52 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Lions 0, 49ers 14  2nd - 12:52Sep 21 4:48 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 6 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK),
    12:44. Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards in
    3:15. Key plays: Gore 33-yard run
    to Detroit 6. SAN FRANCISCO 7-0

    Sep 21 4:41 PM


  • NFL
    TD SFO
    ISAAC BRUCE 6 YD PASS FROM J.T. O'SULLIVAN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    DETROIT 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 2:16 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Lions 0, 49ers 7  1st - 2:16Sep 21 4:33 PM
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