Alex Smith biggest run of his career, a 28-yard scramble meant for the 35mm haze of NFL Films, came against the Saints in the biggest of situations. In a dogfight for the right to face the New York Giants in last season’s NFC Championship Game, Smith channeled years of frustration and missed expectations, and gave the 49er faithful a true gridiron memory. He led the Niners to a 36-32 victory over New Orleans at Candlestick, amassing 299 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no INT’s.
The path to redemption for Smith, much maligned for not providing playoff wins commensurate with his draft position, ended the next week. The Giants outlasted San Francisco in OT and earned another Lombardi trophy, leaving the franchise with questions about their future.… Read more