Undoubtedly, this was a game both of these teams wanted to win, and it turned out almost exactly the way most thought it would. It was defensive, gritty, ugly at times, and featured long drives and plenty yeoman's work in the ground game.
And the 49ers came out on top by about a touchdown, which was also pretty much exactly as expected.
This one stings, and it doesn't help remove the stigma that the Lions can't beat good teams. The Lions didn't play particularly well in this one, which makes any attempts to find positives rather taxing.
Still, no game is a complete negative. We'll have plenty of time to talk about what didn't work, but let's first talk about some good news.