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49ers notes: Singletary?s ?Belichick moment? turns out just fine

SAN FRANCISCO ? With a 10-point second-half lead on the Detroit Lions, it seemed the only way the 49ers could lose was if they did something inconceivable.

Coach Mike Singletary opted to go for it on fourth down late in the third quarter at the 49ers? 46-yard line. Instead of keeping the door ajar for a Lions comeback, Alex Smith?s 48-yard pass to Frank Gore, in essence, sealed the victory at Candlestick Park.

?Obviously, it was a gutsy call there,? Smith said.

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And it was a successful call. Gore scored three plays later on a 1-yard run for the 49ers? final points in their 20-6 victory over the Lions.

?I thought the defense had begun to get in rhythm,? Singletary said. ?I think we had sort of figured out what they were trying to do and feeling pretty confident defensively. ... So it just seemed like it was a good time to do it.?

Smith and Gore executed a play-fake into the middle of the line, and then Gore made an over-the-shoulder catch and turned upfield for the big gain.

?Alex just told me to get out,? Gore said. ?He was going to look for me. I did a great play fake. They bit and then they dropped back. I saw them turn their backs and I just leaked out and Alex threw me the ball.?

Singletary said he alerted offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye prior to the third-down play that he was prepared to go for it on fourth-and-1.

?And that?s about all I?m going to tell him,? Singletary said. ?But, for the most part, he called it, and he made that play, and it worked out well.?

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