SANTA CLARA -- Following their coaches' lead, 49ers left tackle Anthony Davis and Lions defensive end Cliff Avril had their own postgame confrontation last year, albeit on the cyberspace playground of Twitter.
"He doesn't like me, man. I don't know why," Davis said Wednesday, in advance of the 49ers-Lions rematch Sunday night at Candlestick Park. "I don't need any new friends. It's cool. It's not about one person going against one guy."
After the 49ers' 25-19 comeback win at Detroit last season, Davis boasted on Twitter about the 49ers' physical, tight-lipped approach. Davis' initial posts included profanity but didn't single out Avril or other Lions.
Avril, however, responded: "Lol that's real professional hommie ... We'll meet again and see what's up."
On Wednesday, Davis noted: "I wasn't talking to him. He started talking to me."
Their online feud didn't draw near the notoriety of their coaches' postgame rumble, stemming from Jim Harbaugh's euphoric handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. Davis, displaying an amused smile, found himself in the mix of a wild scene as Schwartz angrily chased after Harbaugh on their way to the locker rooms.
"He ran up behind Coach, and I was making sure he didn't blindside Coach or anything," Davis recalled. "He's harmless. What's he really going to do? I thought it was funny."
Schwartz, on a conference call with the Bay Area media, did not wish to revisit the handshake. "We've all moved on from that. We've addressed that enough. The focus is on the 49ers. Anything that happened last year, in the game or anything else, doesn't have any bearing on this game."
Harbaugh told the Detroit media on a conference call that he planned to shake hands with Schwartz at some point Sunday.