Found December 20, 2011 on NBC Bay Area:
San Francisco’s defense played a starring role in Monday night’s 20-3 victory over the Steelers, but not to be overlooked is what the 49ers’ offense did in the second half. After failing to score a touchdown in 10 straight trips into the red zone, the Niners were 2-for-2 in the second half against Pittsburgh. It was a much-needed boost for an offense that has noticeably stalled over the past several games. The 49ers, now 11-3 as they head into Saturday’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle, are still very much in the running for the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye. San Francisco is tied with the Saints, but holds the tiebreaker edge if both finish the season with the same record. After having to settle for two short David Akers field goals in the first half, San Francisco responded in the second half by solving its red-zone woes. After the Steelers kicked a field goal to cut their deficit to 6-3, Alex Smith led the Niners on a long touchdown drive by going to...

Tweet all about it: Davis supports struggling Edwards

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Niners tight end Vernon Davis sent out a message, via Twitter, to his offensive teammate (and his 110,000-plus followers): "Thankful to have @OfficialBraylon on my team. He's a true professional and football is very important to him." @OfficialBraylon, of course, is wide...

49ers' Vernon Davis trying to help teammate Braylon Edwards

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San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith remains a work in progress

Seven-year quarterback  49ers Alex Smith is experiencing the best season of his career, but he still does remain a work in progress. Smith was efficient last night, unremarkable at times but continued to do what he has done this season, not turning the ball over. In his last five games, Smith has five touchdowns and only two interceptions. Smith is on pace for career...

Vernon Davis on Braylon Edwards: “I don’t know what’s going on. Is he still rehabbing?”

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:53:10 CST

Jim Harbaugh Believes Alex Smith is 49ers’ Long-term Answer at Quarterback

Jim Harbaugh has proven everywhere he’s been that he’s a great coach. He won at USD, Stanford, and now he’s winning in his first year in San Francisco. He’s not just winning, either; he has the 49ers tied for the second-best record in the league. He’s maximized the defensive talent the team already had, but what’s been most impressive is the success he’s had with Alex...

Jim Harbaugh again endorses Alex Smith as a Pro Bowl quarterback

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is still on the Alex Smith bandwagon. In fact, on Monday, Harbaugh endorsed Smith as the team's long-term solution at quarterback and once against advocated for...

PFT Live 12/20: Matt Maiocco, Coaching Hot Seat

Mike Florio talks to Matt Maiocco of about the 49ers 20-3 win over the Steelers Monday night, what it means for the playoff picture,  Alex Smith’s future in San Francisco, and more. Mike also updates his weekly coaching hot seat. 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco joins Mike Florio on PFT Live. Maiocco gives…

San Francisco 49ers 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 3

The San Francisco 49ers whipped the Steelers last night!  Alex Smith was very efficient in this game as he completed 18 of 31 passes for 187 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 3 times for 12 yards (4.0 ypc) in this game.  Frank Gore led the way on the ground for the 49ers with 65 yards rushing on 18 carries (3.6 ypc) with 1 TD run.  TE Vernon Davis led...

49ers beat Big Ben, Steelers 20-3

The San Francisco 49ers were lights-out in their return to prime time, riding their top-ranked run defense again and prevailing through a pair of power outages to beat ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday night. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) tries to block...
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