Found November 20, 2011 on
SANTA CLARA The 49ers had called a run play on the New York 17-yard line Sunday when Alex Smith started to change the play. A stern look from left tackle Joe Staley, however, made the quarterback rethink his decision.
Joe Staley, a veteran left tackle, has played a big role in the success of the 49ers' offensive line.
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TEMPE, Ariz. Three NFC West teams took a gamble at the quarterback position this offseason. The Cardinals bet the house on a trade for Kevin Kolb. The Seahawks reached really reached for Tarvaris Jackson. The 49ers stood pat with Alex Smith.
The conservative approach has paid off in San Francisco at least in the short term.
There are better reasons to point to for the 49ers...
(11-20) 16:49 PST -- Any questions about whether Alex Smith and the 49ers could throw the ball around washed away with the rain against another overmatched NFC West opponent.
Smith threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and the 49ers forced five turnovers to blow past the Arizona Cardinals...
-- SF: FG Akers 22, 3:10. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 3:59. Key plays: Sampson 15-yard face-mask penalty; Alex Smith 8 pass to V.Davis on 3rd-and-7; Alex Smith 27 pass to V.Davis; Gore 14 run.
Score: 49ers 3, Arizona 0
-- SF: FG Akers 43, 2:06. Drive: 4 plays, 1...
Any questions about whether Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers could throw the ball around washed away with the rain against another overmatched NFC West opponent.
Smith threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and the 49ers forced five turnovers to blow past the Arizona Cardinals 23-7 on a soggy Sunday at the Candlestick Park.
Smith tossed scores to Kyle Williams and Vernon...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Smith emerged from the pelting rain with his jersey soaked, cleats tattered with chunks of mud and the tape around his ankles stuck to his damp skin. Never looked better in a 49ers uniform.
Alex Smith threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns, and the San Francisco 49ers forced five turnovers to blow past the Arizona Cardinals 23-7, moving oh-so close to clinching the NFC West in near record-setting fashion.
Offense: It sputters and coughs in the first half but runs like a dream in the third quarter. Alex Smith's 38 pass attempts are a season high, and he throws for two touchdowns. The 49ers don't punt in the first half. Grade: B
With the 49ers trailing 13-12 late in the third quarter last week, the Giants' Steve Weatherford, likely trying to direct his kick away from Ted Ginn, shanked a 29-yard punt that allowed San Francisco to begin its drive at midfield.
Five plays later, Alex Smith connected with Vernon Davis for a...
MAKING THE GRADEPass offense: Alex Smith said Monday the 49ers could have had a "monster" passing game, especially if he had connected with Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards in the end zone.
Smith has a cake matchup against ArizonaPhoto Credit: John Martinez Pavliga
This week’s “Don’t Sleep” will be a little different. Rather than going over the players that you should be rushing to put a waiver claim in on, we will talk about the guys that likely cleared waivers that can still give you an edge this week in your fantasy matchup. Before we get into this picks...