Coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz won’t be exchanging Christmas cards in December.
words // Brandon Richard
In Sunday’s NFL match-up between the surprising San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, there was shoving, arguing and bad sportsmanship – and that was just between the coaches. Upstaging a terrific game played between two teams on the rise was what is being referred to as “Handshake Gate,” a post-game scuffle between coaches Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Lions.
After watching his team grind out a 25-19 victory, Harbaugh was extra enthusiastic during his handshake with Schwartz. He slapped his hand, gave him a stiff pat on the back and shouted, which Schwartz felt was out of line in regard to standard coaches post-game protocol. Schwartz then proceeded to chase Harbaugh down the field, while players and officials intervened to prevent any physical exchanges between the two. Neither coach was fined or suspended for the incident.
Prior to Handshake Gate, the game itself lived up to expectations. The first quarter was all Detroit, while the second quarter was dominated by the 49ers. San Francisco held a slim 12-10 lead going at halftime and maintained that margin heading into the fourth quarter after the teams merely exchanged field goals in the third. The Lions struck first when quarterback Matthew Stafford found Nate Burleson in the endzone to take a 19-15 lead (two-point conversion attempt failed). However, the 49ers showed great resilience when Alex Smith found Delanie Walker for a touchdown with less than two minutes to play. Kicker David Akers tacked on a field goal to seal the deal on a 25-19 49er victory. Both teams are now 5-1.
In other early Sunday action, the Philadelphia Eagles got back on track with a 20-13 victory over the division rival Washington Redskins; the New York Giants picked up a big 27-24 over the Buffalo Bills; Green Bay remained the league’s only unbeaten team after cruising by the St. Louis Rams 24-3; the surprising Cincinnati Bengals moved to 4-2 after handling the struggling Indianapolis Colts 27-17; and the Atlanta Falcons used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Carolina Panthers 31-17.
Michael Crabtree tries to avoid a tackle in BCT Speed Low Jordan football cleats.
Tramon Williams makes a flying tackle in the Nike Alpha Vapor One.
Aaron Rodgers didn’t bother trying to match those hideous jerseys with his Nike Zoom Alpha Talon cleats.
Matt Ryan airs it out in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.
Heath Miller makes a grab in NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 Reebok football cleats.
Ahmad Bradshaw running hard in the Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid SD4.
Leon Hall returns an interception in the Nike Super Speed D 3/4.
AJ Green catches a touchdown in the Nike Alpha Speed D 3/4.
Michael Vick finds an opening in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.
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