Originally written on Niner Noise  |  Last updated 11/9/14

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 6: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to make a pass play during their NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 6, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 20-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
NFC Championship Game New York Giants (11-7) vs. San Francisco 49ers (14-3) Candlestick Park Kickoff: Sunday, January 22 at 3:30 PM PST TV: FOX Weather at Kickoff: 52°F, 15 mph wind (40% chance of rain)  Here are five things to watch out for in the showdown beating the Giants and 49ers:   Alex Smith The improbable run that has brought the 49ers one win from the Super Bowl is in large part due to Alex Smith’s redemption season.  The former one number one draft pick, former potential draft bust, has now turned into a franchise and viable quarterback you can now count on to come through, not only in the clutch, but clutch in the playoffs.  Smith proved not once, but twice he can match touchdown-for-touchdown with a Super Bowl winning quarterback and can come out on top.  Smith will need to have similar results this week against the Giants with no turnovers, accurate on passes and coming through in the final minutes of the fourth quarter like he did against the Saints. … [visit site t...
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