San Francisco 49ers: 3 Keys to This Weekend's Game Against the Detroit Lions

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San Francisco 49ers: 3 Keys to This Weekend's Game Against the Detroit Lions
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Are you a believer yet? 

Did the obliteration of a respectable and healthy Buccaneers team by a score of 48-3 finally wake you up to the reality that this 49ers team is a legitimate competitor in any conference? 

Were you not entertained?

In case there are lingering doubts, something coach Jim Harbaugh gladly welcomes, the San Francisco 49ers will once again have the opportunity to prove themselves against a surging contender as they head to Motown to face the yet-to-be-defeated Detroit Lions.

This will prove to be a highly intriguing matchup that pins a storied San Francisco franchise resurrecting itself under the guise of a new coach after years of mediocrity and a perennial losing-house transformed by the arrival of a franchise quarterback, a rabid defensive tackle, and an incredible specimen of human genetics called "Megatron."

After this match is over, one team will have solidified their case for a power-ranking slot, while the other will have to contend with the psychological effects of losing.

Here are three ways the 49ers can maintain their momentum and come out victorious in Detroit.

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