The 49ers took three points off the board.
And then they put four more on.
If not a conventional choice, it was an effective one for the 49ers.
After a roughing the kicker penalty on the Lions gave them a first down, they elected to scrub the field goal and keep playing. Three plays later, Frank Gore made it 14-6 49ers with a short touchdown run.
The 49ers did most of the work without Vernon Davis, who appeared to have been poked in the eye.
But they’re playing their traditional physical game, and the Lions look a bit flustered early.