Sunday Night Football Schedule 2012: When and Where to Watch Lions vs. 49ers

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Ray MacDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers signals a safety on Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions in the second quarter of the game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers will reignite their rivalry in the Handshake Bowl on Sunday Night Football in Week 2.

A battle of two NFC playoff teams from a season ago, this weekend's SNF matchup promises to come down to the wire at Candlestick Park, where the Niners went 7-1 during the 2011 regular season.

The Lions were 5-3 on the road last year and are capable of springing an upset on the home team. 

Here we get you set for everything you need to know to catch the hard-hitting action on the gridiron Sunday night on NBC.

When: Sunday, September 16

Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

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The Post-Game Handshake 

Everyone remembers the awkward postgame tough-guy impressions from Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz the last time the Lions and Niners met up in 2011. 

Here it is in case you missed it (at the 0:30 mark).

The two teams have not played since that uncomfortable exchange in Week 6 last October.

Regardless of which side wins on Sunday night, I'll be most intrigued by the postgame reunion of the two Jims. 

 

Will the Niners Slow the Lions?

The Detroit Lions boast the NFL's No. 1-ranked passing attack after one week this season. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 355 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Rams, but also showed some vulnerability in throwing three picks.

He'll face a much tougher defense in the 49ers this Sunday night on the road, however.

San Francisco held the Green Bay Packers to just 279 passing yards and 22 points overall in their road win last weekend, as they made Aaron Rodgers look human.

That bodes well for their chances this weekend.

Whichever side wins this key matchup in Sunday night's showdown will be headed to a 2-0 start on the season. It will be up to the San Francisco defense, however, to slow the Detroit aerial assault in Week 2.

If it doesn't, the Niners will be in a world of trouble if they wind up in a shootout with the Lions. 

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