49ERS AT LIONS
The San Francisco 49ers open the 2021 regular season as they travel to Detroit, MI, and take on the Lions at Ford Field. San Francisco’s overall record versus Detroit is 38-28-1, as the Niners have won 10 out of the last 11 matchups between the two teams.
The 49ers are visiting the Lions for the first time since 2015, with San Francisco having won two of their three games at Ford Field. This also marks the fifth time Detroit and San Francisco face off in the opening game of the regular season, with the teams splitting the four matchups.
The 49ers finished the preseason with a 2-1 record as their offense averaged 188.3 rushing yards per game which led the NFL. The Niners defense held opponents to 210.7 net yards per game which ranked second in the NFL. The unit also finished tied for the most sacks in the preseason with 12.0.
BY THE NUMBERS
16-4 The 49ers have won 16 of the last 20 regular season matchups against the Lions, including 10 of the previous 11.
12 The Niners defense surrendered 12 rushing TDs by opponents in 2020, ranking tied for the 4th-fewest in the NFL (TB – 10; Chi. – 11; NO – 11; Bal. – 12; LAR – 12).
2 According to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, RB Raheem Mostert registered the fastest two ball carriers in the NFL last season and the fastest in the NFL since 2016 with a max speed of 22.73 MPH on his 76-yd. TD recept. vs. Arz. (9/13/20) and 23.09 MPH on his 80-yd. TD run at NYJ (9/20/20).
1-0 San Francisco looks to start the season 1-0 for the seventh time in the past 10 seasons.
.750 Over the last 2 seasons under head coach Kyle Shanahan (2019- 20), San Francisco’s 12 victories for a .750 winning percentage on the road is tied for the 4th-highest in the NFL over that span (KC – 15; Bal. – 13; NO – 13; Buf. – 12; GB – 12; Sea. – 12).
• San Francisco finished the 2020 season with a 5-3 record on the road. Combined with a 7-1 road record in 2019, it marked the first time since the 2012-13 seasons that the 49ers reached 5-or-more road wins in consecutive seasons.
• From 2019-20 under head coach Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco’ s 12 victories for a .750 winning percentage on the road is tied for the 4th-highest in the NFL over that span.
Series Record: 49ers lead series 38-28-1
49ers Home Record vs. Lions: 49ers lead series 24-10-1
49ers Away Record vs. Lions: Lions lead series 18-14
First Meeting: 10/8/50, Lions win 24-7, at Det.
Last Meeting: 9/16/18, 49ers win 30-27, at SF
Current Streak: Won 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 9 (12/23/96 – 9/16/12)
Longest Lions Win Streak: 6 (9/23/62 – 12/13/64)
Most 49ers Points: 55 (12/19/93): 49ers win 55-17, at Det. (p)
Most Lions Points: 48 (11/14/54): Lions win 48-7, at Det.
49ers Shutouts: 2 (Last 10/1/61): 49ers win 49-0, at Det.
Lions Shutouts: 1 (11/6/60): Lions win 24-0, at SF