Originally posted on NBC Miami  |  Last updated 1/16/12

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
All year long, there was one big question about the San Francisco 49ers. No matter how well their defense played, people wondered if Alex Smith was a good enough quarterback to lead them deep into the playoffs. No matter how well the 49ers ran the ball, people wondered if Smith would eventually be their downfall. No matter how good a job Smith did of protecting the ball and putting his team in a position to win, people wondered if the former first overall pick could win a game if circumstances demanded he do it. All of those questions crystallized with four minutes left in the 49ers' game against the Saints on Sunday. Darren Sproles had just scored on a 44-yard play to put the Saints ahead 24-23 and Smith was facing the biggest moment of his career. Everything had broken right for the 49ers as the Saints kept turning the ball over and the defense held Drew Brees in check, but they were now losing and needed Smith to bail them out largely because he couldn't move the offense enough t...
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