Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/13/12
Alex Smith is done with stoicism, with playing NFL quarterback behind that guarded wall of public detachment he carefully constructed over the past six, mostly miserable seasons -- a buttress to keep his sanity. Frank Gore, the running back whose competitive angst seeps through his pores, is finished shedding tears of insecurity and self-loathing. Saturday, there is nothing but validation to be gained for both when the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) host the 13-3 (1-0) New Orleans Saints in -- get this -- an NFC divisional playoff game. At Candlestick Park. In their house, before a supportive crowd that had become jaded by recent failures. It's a fan base that didn't always believe, but, deep down, really wanted to. This next step is monumental for a storied franchise that has not sniffed the postseason since 2002. Only eight 49ers have ever suited up for a playoff contest. But this is a team that truly believes it can neutralize one of the NFL's most prolific offenses and quarterbac...
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