DETROIT -- Nick Bosa and Dee Ford returned to the field with solid performances in the 49ers' 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions.
The 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year and the veteran Pro Bowl pass rusher both came out of the first game of of the season healthy, which was the top goal for the players and the team alike. Bosa played 51 of the defense’s 92 snaps, and Ford was on the field for 30.
“It was great,” Bosa said. "It’s always good to be back on the field with the team, back in the routine. I love this team, so it’s always an honor to play with them.”
Bosa, a consummate perfectionist, was pleased to be back on the field after tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season. The Ohio State product registered a sack, three tackles for loss and two quarterback hits in his first outing but still is always looking to improve.
That holds true for the entire defense as a whole.
Late in the game after Bosa thought his day was over, he admitted he had taken his game tape off when he was asked to go back into the game. Both pass rushers returned to the field to stunt the Lions' rally to win the game.
“There’s a couple plays that we’re going to have to figure out a good way to stop, but overall he was great,” Bosa said. “There’s obviously a lot to improve upon, but I think it’s a good start for both of us.
“It’s tough to be satisfied at our position and I just need to learn to be more happy to just be doing it -- to be out there with my guys and getting wins. Just got to focus on that part.”
Ford, who only appeared in one game in 2020 while dealing with a neck and back injury, was seen limping off the field in the fourth quarter. He admitted after the game that he turned his ankle a bit but reported that he felt fine.
Ford’s first game after missing nearly the entire 2020 season didn’t give the lineman nerves at all. He has been cautious in his preparation working in conjunction with the team’s training staff to make sure he was physically ready to return.
“I felt pretty confident going into the game,” Ford said. “That’s one thing I wanted to do -- start fast. That was my biggest goal.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan will offer injury updates on Monday afternoon, but as of now, both Bosa and Ford appear to have left the Motor City no worse for the wear.