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New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
Late-game heroics, stingy defenses and blowouts highlighted this weekend's divisional playoff matchups.
49ers beat Saints 36-32
The Saints haven’t lost a game since the day before Halloween, but a four touchdown night from quarterback Alex Smith and 180 yards receiving from Vernon Davis was downright scary. While Drew Brees (458 passing yards, four TDs) had success against the 49ers secondary, his two interceptions in the first half left him guessing more than usual. The 49ers were also solid against the run allowing just 37 yards on the ground.
Patriots beat Broncos 45-10
Down 35-7 at the half, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow needed a miracle to send his team to the AFC championship. Sacked five times by an aggressive New England defense and picked apart by a marvelous performance by Tom Brady, Tebow was unable to deliver any magic in a 45-10 Patriots win. Brady threw five first half touchdowns, a new NFL playoff record, three to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
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* Here’s Jim Trotter’s tremendous Alex Smith story in Sports Illustrated. If you haven’t already, and you’re a 49ers fans, you’ve got to read it, though, judging from all the messages I got early this morning, I think most of you have read it and enjoyed every word of...
The 49ers signed Alex Smith to an affordable one-year contract before the year with some incentives that weren’t necessarily “likely to be earned.” But the team is happy he earned them. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Smith will get a $1 million bonus for leading the 49ers to the playoffs. The terms of the bonus:…
Just one year ago, Alex Smith was surrounded by calamity.His 49ers were finishing up their ninth season without a playoff berth, confusion filled the front office on who would be the future head coach, and grumbling could be heard throughout the city over the concern that there would never be a return of their once storied franchise.Adversity is nothing new for the franchise quarterback...
Considering the circumstances and the two fourth-quarter touchdown plays, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith played the best game of his career. However, he couldn't have done it without plays labled, "whack" and "bang."
With the 49ers trailing 24-23 with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter, offensive...
In one triumphant afternoon, playoff first-timer Alex Smith joined a pair of 49ers Hall of Fame quarterbacks with his own indelible postseason moment. Joe Montana had ''The Catch.'' Steve Young had ''The Catch II.'' Now, Smith added another epic play to the 49ers' storied history: ''The Grab.''
It wasn’t by chance that Alex Smith was able to zip a perfect pass to Vernon Davis, or that Davis was able to make what he’s labeled “The Grab” for the winning touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints Saturday.
The Niners quarterback and tight end have been playing together since 2006, and they were roommates this summer at training...
The Saints haven’t lost a game since the day before Halloween, but Alex Smith and Vernon Davis scared the pants off of them.
Powered by Smith, who threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns and another on the ground, the 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32.
TD passes to Vernon Davis (seven catches, 180 cards) and Michael Crabree [four catches, 25 yards] and a David Ackers field...
Thirty years after Joe Montana authored a fairly memorable play in 49ers ' history, Alex Smith mirrored the legend. In some ways, he might have even trumped him by delivering not one but two clutch scoring plays with a...
Alex Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees had put the high-powered Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalized on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory Saturday.