Smith inspires 49ers
Quarterback extends his franchise record
Last Updated: September 17, 2012 6:49am
Alex Smith: Extended his franchise-record of passes without an interception
A flawless display from Alex Smith helped San Francisco 49ers to a 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Smith completed 20-of-31 throws for 226 yards as he extended his franchise-record of passes without an interception to 216.
Smith also connected for two touchdowns and guided the 49ers on a 13-play 79-yard march in the final quarter.
Vernon Davis collected both scoring passes - from 21 and 23 yards - while Frank Gore registered a one-yard touchdown, with 17 carried for 89 yards.
David Akers, fresh from his record-equalling 63-yard effort last week, landed field goals from 36 and 48 yards.
San Francisco's defence also caught the eye as well as they negated the threat of Matthew Stafford.
The Detroit quarterback had been attempting to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 350 yards in five straight games.
However he was limited to 230, completing 19-of-32 - and was intercepted once.
Stafford did connect with Brandon Pettigrew for a nine-yard touchdown, while he crossed for one himself and Jason Hanson slotted over field goals from 38, 41, 40 and 48 yards
However it was not enough to trouble the Niners, who were never behind in the game as they moved 2-0 for the season.
"We were able to hold on and it was a heck of a team win," said San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith.
"We have a lot of players and a one-game mentality. We just keep chopping wood and we were able to get another one."