Found January 14, 2012 on Pro Football Talk:
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:…

49ers Shock the Saints 36-32, Advance to NFC Championship

Talk about heart stopping.  The San Francisco 49ers win over the New Orleans Saints in the final seconds will always be remembered in franchise history.  How the touchdown from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis that propelled the 49ers to the NFC Championship will be referred to is still waiting to be written.  My vote is for The Catch 3.0.  Before the game the 49ers were not given...

49ers Bound For NFC Championship

The 49ers are bound for the NFC Championship after taking down the Saints in the Divisional Round with a final score of 36-32 at Candlestick Park. Fantasy Spin: Quarterback Alex Smith was in top form, as he completed 24 of 42 passes for 299 yards, with three touchdowns against no interceptions - while also breaking loose for a 28-yard score on the ground. Running back Frank Gore...

2012 NFL Playoffs: Quick-Hit Reactions from Saints vs. 49ers

The 49ers and Saints kicked off the Divisional round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs with a wild one in ‘Frisco. Here are some quick-hit reactions from the Niners’ 36-32 upset over the Saints. San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith runs across the goal line for a fourth quarter TD against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park in the NFC divisional playoffs in San Francisco on January...

Sunday Playoff Predictions

So that 49ers/Saints bout was amazing! I haven’t seen a game that good in a opossums’ age. I was wrong on the outcome but I was right that it would be a good one. The Niners brought the hard hitting and the Saints brought the high flying but in the end it was Alex Smith and Vernon Davis that made the difference. I didn’t think Smith had it in him but he certainly did yesterday...

Who’s Got It Better

The 49ers showed they belong in the conversation with the best teams in the league with a thrilling 36-32 victory yesterday. Some might even call the game a shootout, which barely anyone would expect the 49ers to be able to even manage, let alone pull out a victory against New Orleans. The Saints have one of the highest powered, explosive offenses the NFL has ever seen. Quarterback...

Saints get knocked out by 49ers, 36-32

Drew Brees overcame five New Orleans turnovers and a 17-point deficit to put the Saints on the brink of their first road playoff victory in franchise history. He could only watch as Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers stole it away in the closing seconds, ending the Saints' chances at another Super Bowl run. Brees capped his record-setting season by throwing for 462 yards...

One great game; one great letdown

One of the greatest football fourth quarters ever ended spectacularly Saturday — not when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith connected with tight end Vernon Davis for the game-winning touchdown, but just after. Davis, a huge, tough man, took off his helmet and burst into tears of joy, tears that betrayed how hard he and his teammates had worked to get to this point, to...

49ers, Giants, Ravens and Patriots Advance

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...

NFC Championship Preview and Predictions: Giants vs. 49ers

  (By: Rich Bergeron) Both of the teams going head to head in the NFC Championship game next Sunday at 6:30 PM EST on Fox are coming off incredible and improbable wins. The New York Giants took the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers to school at their own home field Sunday, winning 37-20 to go on to the NFC Championship game. The Packers nearly went undefeated during...
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