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KC kid
03-16-2012, 01:39 PM
If Peyton Manning goes to SF, would Alex Smith be bad enough to provide the necessary low-level of competition that Pioli and company are looking for?

KILLER_CLOWN
03-16-2012, 01:40 PM
No, we're looking for a QB.

Mr_Tomahawk
03-16-2012, 01:40 PM
NO!

/Thread.

Pestilence
03-16-2012, 01:40 PM
No.

KC kid
03-16-2012, 01:45 PM
I am not asking if WE want him. I am asking if this is the quality of QB pioli is looking for to "compete" with Cassel

Mr_Tomahawk
03-16-2012, 01:46 PM
Someone like Seattle or Miami will offer him more than we would to be a starter anyways...

Cephalic Trauma
03-16-2012, 01:47 PM
If Peyton Manning goes to SF, would Alex Smith be bad enough to provide the necessary low-level of competition that Pioli and company are looking for?

Alex+Harbaugh- Yes
Alex alone- Maybe a slight upgrade over Cassel. Maybe

So pretty much no.

NJChiefsFan
03-16-2012, 01:48 PM
The Chiefs replacing Cassel with another guy that is kinda ok but not going to win for you in all likelyhood only sets us back farther. I also agree a team like SEA would offer him more.

dannybcaitlyn
03-16-2012, 01:49 PM
Sadly he would be an upgrade over Cassel.

Sofa King
03-16-2012, 01:50 PM
No.

DJ's left nut
03-16-2012, 01:50 PM
No.

Alex Smith has much more talent than Cassel.

He has the arm to push the ball downfield and provide enough of a threat to open things up underneath for the RBs. In other words, he's a legitimate game-manager.

Cassel just sucks dicks.

So Alex Smith would prove to be way too good for Pioli to bring in.

It's Brady Quinn.

KC_Lee
03-16-2012, 01:50 PM
No, we're looking for a QB.

ROFLROFLROFL

Bump
03-16-2012, 01:51 PM
Harbaugh is the QB guru, without Harbaugh Alex Smith probably goes back to suckage

BossChief
03-16-2012, 01:52 PM
Stanzi

Molitoth
03-16-2012, 01:52 PM
Alex Smith > Dog Turd > Matt Cassel

Bane
03-16-2012, 01:59 PM
No you fucking idiot.

58-4ever
03-16-2012, 02:05 PM
He impressed me in the Playoffs last year, but I'd like to see more. Those last two 4th quarter drives for TDs in the NFC Championship game were all him. I wouldn't discount a playoff winner.

rico
03-16-2012, 02:12 PM
Yes, because he was a #1 overall pick, selected before Aaron Rodgers. That guarantees that he is better than Rodgers (sarcasm, sarcasm, sarcasm).

No. Prior to this year, I always thought about NFL fanbases who hate their QB more than we hate Matt Cassel. Alex Smith was the first to cross my mind. San Fransiscans were totally fed up with this dude leading into this year... and most of them still are.

BoneKrusher
03-16-2012, 02:13 PM
Yes, anyone over Cassel

nychief
03-16-2012, 02:15 PM
I don't know if there is much difference between Cassel and Smith...

warrior
03-16-2012, 02:16 PM
NO

Cephalic Trauma
03-16-2012, 02:17 PM
He impressed me in the Playoffs last year, but I'd like to see more. Those last two 4th quarter drives for TDs in the NFC Championship game were all him. I wouldn't discount a playoff winner.

I assume you mean the game against the Saints, not the NFC Championship. In that case, how was the bootleg for a td "all him"? If anything, that should be credited to Harbaugh and his uncanny play calling.

Cephalic Trauma
03-16-2012, 02:18 PM
Yes, because he was a #1 overall pick, selected before Aaron Rodgers. That guarantees that he is better than Rodgers (sarcasm, sarcasm, sarcasm).

No. Prior to this year, I always thought about NFL fanbases who hate their QB more than we hate Matt Cassel. Alex Smith was the first to cross my mind. San Fransiscans were totally fed up with this dude leading into this year... and most of them still are.

Not really. Most of them want him back after last year.

Agree with the rest of the post, though.

KurtCobain
03-16-2012, 02:30 PM
I think we should sign him. It would be a great signing.

rico
03-16-2012, 03:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbZ22j_X8fE

Setsuna
03-16-2012, 03:14 PM
He impressed me in the Playoffs last year, but I'd like to see more. Those last two 4th quarter drives for TDs in the NFC Championship game were all him. I wouldn't discount a playoff winner.

You say this, yet Tim Tebow is also a playoff winner. You wouldn't discount him? (You better because this board will eat you alive if you don't)

whoman69
03-16-2012, 05:29 PM
NO

Really?? So you're all for starting Cassel again then?

evolve27
03-16-2012, 05:33 PM
Peyton will be a 49er

Pawnmower
03-16-2012, 05:39 PM
If Peyton Manning goes to SF, would Alex Smith be bad enough to provide the necessary low-level of competition that Pioli and company are looking for?

yes....if you want a very similar qb to mark catle, alex is your guy

Fruit Ninja
03-16-2012, 06:17 PM
Ill take Smith for a stopgap. Cassel i dont ever want to see qb'ing this team again. At least in the play offs last year. Smith went toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers and won. He made plays in a big game at the end of the game to win. He made big throws.

Cassel? no chance he makes them throws in crunch time.

Detoxing
03-16-2012, 06:21 PM
Ill take Smith for a stopgap. Cassel i dont ever want to see qb'ing this team again. At least in the play offs last year. Smith went toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers and won. He made plays in a big game at the end of the game to win. He made big throws.

Cassel? no chance he makes them throws in crunch time.

You're overestimation Smith.

Smith is no better than Cassel.

I have to remind CP all the damn time.

Not Cassel does not = competent.

Count Alex's Wins
03-16-2012, 06:22 PM
You're overestimation Smith.

Smith is no better than Cassel.

I have to remind CP all the damn time.

Not Cassel does not = competent.

He's probably worse, to be honest. He's been in the NFC West HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Easy 6
03-16-2012, 06:24 PM
Alex Smith

He has the arm to push the ball downfield and provide enough of a threat to open things up underneath for the RBs.

No, not really, no.

His arm isnt noticeably stronger at all, but he is better at seeing the field & has better anticipation.

So, he's still a NO, we dont need Cassel 2.0

TheGuardian
03-16-2012, 06:26 PM
Alex Smith is fucking GARBAGE. I couldn't believe how some jacked him off on this board because of the playoffs. He's WORSE than Cassel. Don't care what anyone says. Cassel has had two pro bowl stat type years. Smith has never done a god damn thing. EVER.

hometeam
03-16-2012, 06:43 PM
Id rather take my chances with stanzi.

smith = cassel = fuck no

Fruit Ninja
03-16-2012, 06:46 PM
You're overestimation Smith.

Smith is no better than Cassel.

I have to remind CP all the damn time.

Not Cassel does not = competent.

Well, if i get a ****ing choice between the 2, ill take Smith. He at least Has talent. He has not put it all togther, but he has it.

Cassel? he has NOTHING but toughness.

This does not mean i want Smith, but if i had a choice, best beleive ill never ever pick Cassel again. Im done with him.

Rain Man
03-16-2012, 06:47 PM
It seems like it would be a pretty even competition for the starting job. That's not a good thing.

whoman69
03-16-2012, 06:57 PM
The alternative is Brady Quinn. What do you all think now?

hometeam
03-16-2012, 07:00 PM
The alternative is Brady Quinn. What do you all think now?

No to all of the above

rico
03-16-2012, 07:01 PM
Ill take Smith for a stopgap. Cassel i dont ever want to see qb'ing this team again. At least in the play offs last year. Smith went toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers and won. He made plays in a big game at the end of the game to win. He made big throws.

Cassel? no chance he makes them throws in crunch time.

E-Z-Brees-E lemon squeeze-E.

He went toe to toe with Brees and pulled off the only successful/meaningful throws of his career in that game.

TheGuardian
03-16-2012, 07:02 PM
It seems like it would be a pretty even competition for the starting job. That's not a good thing.

No, it's not even at all. I want Cassel replaced and I can tell you he's far better than Alex fucking smith.

Rain Man
03-16-2012, 07:06 PM
The alternative is Brady Quinn. What do you all think now?

Damn Cleveland for trading up and nabbing him in front of us!

Fruit Ninja
03-16-2012, 07:55 PM
E-Z-Brees-E lemon squeeze-E.

He went toe to toe with Brees and pulled off the only successful/meaningful throws of his career in that game.

And cassel has done absolutely NOTHING when it mattered. NOTHING. He's had what 3 years now? We know what we got with this dude and thats nothing.

TheGuardian
03-16-2012, 07:57 PM
And cassel has done absolutely NOTHING when it mattered. NOTHING. He's had what 3 years now? We know what we got with this dude and thats nothing.

JFC

Smith did not go toe to toe with Brees at all. That's the biggest crock of fucking shit ever.

The 9ers went something like three and out 12 times in a row. Toe to toe? Fucking idiot.

Smith made a couple of big throws against a shit defense at the end of a game. His whole career is nothing but a turd in the punch bowl.

Tuckdaddy
03-17-2012, 08:55 AM
Those of you that think Alex is a bad idea. Your nuts. It would be a very good thing to get him.

Mr. Arrowhead
03-17-2012, 08:57 AM
If it takes Alex Smith to come here, to not bring Brady Quinn in town, then im down

TheGuardian
03-17-2012, 09:00 AM
Those of you that think Alex is a bad idea. Your nuts. It would be a very good thing to get him.

What the fuck has he done?

Save me the "won a playoff game" bullshit. His defense did that.

notorious
03-17-2012, 09:01 AM
Fuck no!


Noodle arm, one year wonder QB who was protected by his head coach. He would come to a team with a shit offensive coordinator and a failed Head Coach.

This franchise is fucked for another 3 years.

Dave Lane
03-17-2012, 09:05 AM
Yep I think I'd rather draft tannehill and have a possible failure compared to known failure

DTLB58
03-17-2012, 09:13 AM
I suppose it would be competition...however little that might be.
Alex only did something under Harbaugh so that makes you wonder.
I think the two are pretty equal myself. You can probably kiss any
time for Stanzi to see the field goodbye as a Chief if Smith comes here.

TheGuardian
03-17-2012, 09:16 AM
Cassel and Smith are not similar. Cassel has at LEAST had two very good seasons, statistically. Smith? Zero. In 7 seasons. Smith is absolutely garbage. It's amazing, it's like some people never really watch other teams. He was nothing more than Trent Dilfer last year. Except not as good. Even Dilfer had better seasons.

-King-
03-17-2012, 10:30 AM
Put it like this, most people attribute Cassels past success to playing the NFC West in 2010 and 2009. Well Smith has played the NFC west his whole career and has never looked good.

At his best, he's as good as Cassel, which is sad.
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dannybcaitlyn
03-17-2012, 10:36 AM
I would gladly take him over Cassel or Quin! That's sad!

whoman69
03-17-2012, 02:01 PM
You're overestimation Smith.

Smith is no better than Cassel.

I have to remind CP all the damn time.

Not Cassel does not = competent.

Not Cassel usually wins for me. I have my doubts about Smith. Has looked good on occassion, but really Cassel 2010 = Alex Smith 2012. If its Alex Smith or Brady Quinn, its a no-brainer. Its a could be vs a never been

LiL stumppy
03-17-2012, 03:03 PM
What the fuck has he done?

Save me the "won a playoff game" bullshit. His defense did that.

Your an idiot.

Smith would be by far the best option out there next to Manning.

He's all you need for this offense this year, we could easily when the division with him.

He rarely turned the ball over last year, and if you watched the playoffs, actually stepped up and made some awesome plays.

ChiefGator
03-17-2012, 08:08 PM
I think many people on this board don't watch the Niners. Last year Smith was money. The year before he was fairly good. He is a better QB than Cassel, hands down. Just compare their college careers.

It often takes a long time for QBs to get good in this league, but Smith has more to work with and sees the field much better than ol' Mattie.

----

And for those who say that Smith's year last year was a fluke because of Harbaugh, what does that say about Luck?

-King-
03-17-2012, 09:47 PM
I think many people on this board don't watch the Niners. Last year Smith was money. The year before he was fairly good. He is a better QB than Cassel, hands down. Just compare their college careers.

It often takes a long time for QBs to get good in this league, but Smith has more to work with and sees the field much better than ol' Mattie.

----

And for those who say that Smith's year last year was a fluke because of Harbaugh, what does that say about Luck?

What do college careers have to do with anything?

Both of them suck and despite getting to play the NFC West every year, Smith has had only one decent season. That tells you how shitty he is.

BIG_DADDY
03-17-2012, 11:12 PM
NO

Mr_Tomahawk
03-18-2012, 07:54 AM
Alex Smith visiting the Dolphins today

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/18/alex-smith-visiting-the-dolphins-today/

Alex Smith is tired of waiting around for the 49ers to learn whether theyíve won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. So Smith is looking elsewhere.

Smith will visit the Dolphins today, ESPNís Adam Schefter reports.

After having his best year as a pro and leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last season, it appeared that Smith was going to be in San Francisco for the long haul. But Smith is an unrestricted free agent and hasnít worked out a deal with the 49ers yet, because the 49ers are making Manning their top priority. That puts Smith in a tough position.

So it makes sense for Smith to stop waiting and start looking around for another team. The Dolphins, who want to sign a starting quarterback and were spurned by Manning, could make sense for Smith, especially if free agent quarterback Matt Flynn picks the Seahawks over the Dolphins.

The 49ers spent the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft on Smith, and he has spent his entire career there. In 2011 Smith started all 16 games and had career highs in passing yards (3,144) and passer rating (90.7) while throwing just five interceptions.

And now the pressure is on the 49ers to get something done at the quarterback position: If Smith signs with the Dolphins, and Manning chooses the Broncos or Titans, last seasonís NFC runner ups will have a major question mark at quarterback.

BoneKrusher
03-18-2012, 07:56 AM
I would gladly take him over Cassel or Quin! That's sad!

this says it all about how great Scott Pioli is at evaluating QB's.

and obtw, that Brady guy in New England....lets just say Pioli got really lucky with that one.

notorious
03-18-2012, 08:46 AM
LOL, Harbaugh is pulling the rug right out from under Denver.


That guy might be the Phil Jackson of the NFL.

OnTheWarpath58
03-18-2012, 08:57 AM
What the fuck has he done?

Save me the "won a playoff game" bullshit. His defense did that.

By giving up 32 points?

Interesting.

thurman merman
03-18-2012, 09:07 AM
What the **** has he done?

Save me the "won a playoff game" bullshit. His defense did that.

He was actually completely awesome in the playoffs. Did you even watch the games? 495 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT in 2 games.

scho63
03-18-2012, 09:20 AM
How screwed would SF be if Alex Smith goes to the Fins and Manning goes elsewhere? They draft pretty late and who the hell do they have to be the starting QB then?

notorious
03-18-2012, 09:32 AM
How screwed would SF be if Alex Smith goes to the Fins and Manning goes elsewhere? They draft pretty late and who the hell do they have to be the starting QB then?

Harbaugh made chicken salad out of chicken shit last year. SF will be just fine.

ChiefGator
03-18-2012, 09:34 AM
Well, they do have Kaepernick.

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 09:42 AM
Alex Smith is an upgrade over Cassel (unlike Brady Quinn).

notorious
03-18-2012, 09:43 AM
Alex Smith is Cassel

FYP

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 09:44 AM
Cassel and Smith are not similar. Cassel has at LEAST had two very good seasons, statistically. Smith? Zero. In 7 seasons. Smith is absolutely garbage. It's amazing, it's like some people never really watch other teams. He was nothing more than Trent Dilfer last year. Except not as good. Even Dilfer had better seasons.

Did you actually watch the playoff game vs the Saints?

Alex Smith won a shootout against Drew Brees.

The 49ers defense was shredded by Brees and Alex Smith made plays late in the game to win it.

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 09:45 AM
FYP

Alex Smith won a shootout in the playoffs against Drew Brees.

Cassel couldn't win a shootout against Tyler Palko.

Dave Lane
03-18-2012, 09:47 AM
Cassel and Smith are not similar. Cassel has at LEAST had two very good seasons, statistically. Smith? Zero. In 7 seasons. Smith is absolutely garbage. It's amazing, it's like some people never really watch other teams. He was nothing more than Trent Dilfer last year. Except not as good. Even Dilfer had better seasons.

I beg to differ. Apart from Jamarcus Russell Trent Dilfer may have been the worse QB to ever don a helmet. Horrific.

Dave Lane
03-18-2012, 09:47 AM
Not that that makes Smith good just better than Dilfer.

TheGuardian
03-18-2012, 09:48 AM
Did you actually watch the playoff game vs the Saints?

Alex Smith won a shootout against Drew Brees.

The 49ers defense was shredded by Brees and Alex Smith made plays late in the game to win it.

At one point Alex Smith had the 9ers going three and out 12 fucking times or something. In a row.

There was no "shoot out" with Brees. He had an early pass for a TD, and then two late drives but other than that he was fucking dreadful.

You guys are morons.

The rest of his career backs me up as well. The guy is shit.

TheGuardian
03-18-2012, 10:02 AM
Did you actually watch the playoff game vs the Saints?

Alex Smith won a shootout against Drew Brees.

The 49ers defense was shredded by Brees and Alex Smith made plays late in the game to win it.

The 9ers defense helped create 5 turnovers dip shit. Without those 5 turnovers the Saints would have scored 100 and the 9ers about 17.

Did you actually watch the ****ing game? Because this is how that game went for you and the other dip shit smegma breaths that keep making shit up.

Smith hit Vernon Davis early for a long touchdown. 54 yards. After that, the 9ers next 12 drives looked like this.......

00:56 1 00:15 NO4 3 4 Touchdown (3 plays, 4 yards, off a turnover)
00:35 1 01:23 NO13 4 6 Field Goal (4 plays 6 yards off a turnover)
09:32 2 02:19 SF20 3 8 Punt
04:09 2 01:55 SF20 6 31 Punt
01:54 2 00:55 SF29 5 21 Punt
00:29 2 00:12 SF45 2 0 Fumble
15:00 3 03:13 SF20 6 1 Fumble
11:35 3 00:59 NO26 4 3 Field Goal (4 plays 3 yards off a turnover)
08:00 3 02:05 SF19 3 4 Punt
03:21 3 01:40 SF15 4 16 Punt
13:08 4 01:41 SF28 3 6 Punt
10:38 4 03:02 SF36 5 45 Field Goal


Yeah. CLEARLY Smith was going toe to toe with Brees. At this point in the game, Smith had racked up a whopping 150 or so yards passing. And 54 of that came on 1 play.

The last two drives of the game were his big drives.

04:02 4 01:51 SF20 6 80 Touchdown
01:37 4 01:28 SF15 7 85 Touchdown


Two good drives in an entire game while shitting the bed for 12 other drives while Brees is throwing for 461 yards and 4 touchdowns, IS NOT going toe to toe with Brees. Anyone that thinks so is living in football mental poverty.

Aside from that, Alex Smith is the dollar store version of Matt Cassel. In EVERY WAY. He's ****ing terrible. And I'll bump this god damn post when he continues to shit the bed after this season.

Dylan
03-18-2012, 10:22 AM
Did you actually watch the playoff game vs the Saints?

Alex Smith won a shootout against Drew Brees.

The 49ers defense was shredded by Brees and Alex Smith made plays late in the game to win it.

I very strongly disagree.

And their defense was amazingly good. Scaringly good...

Wallcrawler
03-18-2012, 11:42 AM
Did you actually watch the playoff game vs the Saints?

Alex Smith won a shootout against Drew Brees.

The 49ers defense was shredded by Brees and Alex Smith made plays late in the game to win it.


I wouldnt call turning the football over five times, shredding a defense.

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 12:15 PM
The 9ers defense helped create 5 turnovers dip shit. Without those 5 turnovers the Saints would have scored 100 and the 9ers about 17.

Did you actually watch the ****ing game? Because this is how that game went for you and the other dip shit smegma breaths that keep making shit up.

Smith hit Vernon Davis early for a long touchdown. 54 yards. After that, the 9ers next 12 drives looked like this.......

00:56 1 00:15 NO4 3 4 Touchdown (3 plays, 4 yards, off a turnover)
00:35 1 01:23 NO13 4 6 Field Goal (4 plays 6 yards off a turnover)
09:32 2 02:19 SF20 3 8 Punt
04:09 2 01:55 SF20 6 31 Punt
01:54 2 00:55 SF29 5 21 Punt
00:29 2 00:12 SF45 2 0 Fumble
15:00 3 03:13 SF20 6 1 Fumble
11:35 3 00:59 NO26 4 3 Field Goal (4 plays 3 yards off a turnover)
08:00 3 02:05 SF19 3 4 Punt
03:21 3 01:40 SF15 4 16 Punt
13:08 4 01:41 SF28 3 6 Punt
10:38 4 03:02 SF36 5 45 Field Goal


Yeah. CLEARLY Smith was going toe to toe with Brees. At this point in the game, Smith had racked up a whopping 150 or so yards passing. And 54 of that came on 1 play.

The last two drives of the game were his big drives.

04:02 4 01:51 SF20 6 80 Touchdown
01:37 4 01:28 SF15 7 85 Touchdown


Two good drives in an entire game while shitting the bed for 12 other drives while Brees is throwing for 461 yards and 4 touchdowns, IS NOT going toe to toe with Brees. Anyone that thinks so is living in football mental poverty.

Aside from that, Alex Smith is the dollar store version of Matt Cassel. In EVERY WAY. He's ****ing terrible. And I'll bump this god damn post when he continues to shit the bed after this season.

JFC you are a dumbshit.

So other than the first and last two drives of the game Alex Smith was "shit".

Take away what doesn't fit your dipshit argument right?

Alex Smith was exchanging TD's with the Saints and Drew Brees in the 4th quarter... with the game on the line and Alex Smith came out on top.

That is the bottom line.

Your dumbshit arguments about what happened in the 2nd and 3rd quarter are blown out of the water.

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 12:16 PM
I wouldnt call turning the football over five times, shredding a defense.

462 passing yards and 4 TD passes isn't "shredding a defense" in your view?

JFC ROFL

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 12:18 PM
I very strongly disagree.

And their defense was amazingly good. Scaringly good...

That "scaringly good" defense gave up 472 yards and 32 points to the Saints.

notorious
03-18-2012, 12:21 PM
Alex Smith won a shootout in the playoffs against Drew Brees.

Cassel couldn't win a shootout against Tyler Palko.

Cassel had his moments at NE.


Smith has Harbaugh as a HC. Harbaugh made Andrew Luck, too.

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2012, 12:23 PM
Cassel had his moments at NE.


Smith has Harbaugh as a HC. Harbaugh made Andrew Luck, too.

How many of those "moments" did Cassel have in a playoff game in New England?

Dylan
03-18-2012, 02:22 PM
462 passing yards and 4 TD passes isn't "shredding a defense" in your view?

JFC ROFL

and the Saints gave up 407. So, both teams watched the Super Bowl at home - on their couch

With Donte Whitner bringing the bruising hits and Dashon Goldson, Patrick Willis and their defensive mates pressuring Brees and forcing turnovers from every angle, surprising San Francisco is a win away from returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since capturing the proud franchise's fifth championship after the 1994 season.

Excerpts from Wall Street Journal Live Blog: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers
4:44 pm
0-0, 11:34 left, 1st quarter
The Saints are bringing their version of the West Coast offense to San Francisco, and so far they're having no trouble moving the ball. Brees hits three receivers on short routes, including running back Darren Sproles twice, to move the ball on midfield.

After the Niners stuff Chris Ivory to bring up a third-and-5, the Niners get a bad break when Brees misses Jimmy Graham on a deep route on the right sideline ... but SF gets called for pass interference.

The Saints now have it on the San Francisco 15.

4:49 pm
0-0, 8:44 left, 1st quarter
FUMBLE! On third-and-6 from the San Francisco 7, Drew makes a short pass to the right to Pierre Thomas. As he turns toward the end zone, Donte Whitner slams his helmet into Thomas's, and the ball comes loose. After the officials untangle the pile, they call it 49ers ball.

Thomas got hit hard on that play, and he might have been knocked unconscious for a second. Play was stopped for a minute, but now Alex Smith and the San Francisco take the field.

4:56 pm
0-0, 6:43 left, 1st quarter
The Niners quickly get it out of their own end zone after a quick pass to Michael Crabtree. Then Frank Gore takes a pitch to the left, cuts back inside and rips off a 15 yard run to their own 31.

I think Alex Smith just got booed by his own fans as he threw incomplete to Kevin Williams, who had a defender standing in front of him. He makes up on the next play by hitting Ted Ginn for 11 yards and a first down.

He promptly reminds everyone why he was considered a capital-B Bust for several years as he throws behind Ginn and then loses the ball as he gets sacked by Roman Harper as the Saints send the house at him. Fortunately for the home crowd, Frank Gore falls on it.

Pro Bowler Andy Lee punts to Saints, who will start on their own 19.

5:03 pm
0-0, 2:54 left, 1st quarter
As Tony Siragusa said in the pregame, defense wins championships. Sproles drops a pass in the left flat as he gets hammered by Parys Haralson, Ivory gets stuffed for no gain on a run, and then the superstar rookie Aldon Smith chases Brees down from behind for an 11-yard sack. Ginn returns Morestead's 60-yard punt to the San Francisco 46, which is very nearly David Akers range.

5:03 pm
7-0 49ers, 2:17 left, 1st quarter
Touchdown Niners! Alex Smith hits Vernon Davis in stride, and the big tight end breaks a tackle to romp in for a 49-yard touchdown!

5:06 pm
7-0 49ers, 2:17 left, 1st quarter
After Akers boots in the extra point, we see replays of Davis scoring the touchdown and then dunking the ball through the goalpost to celebrate. Yeah, Davis is a big, bad man -- 6-foot-3, 250 pounds -- and fast, so it won't be fun for the Saints "defense" to figure how to defend him. He's bigger than their secondary and faster than their linebackers.

5:10 pm
7-0 49ers, 1:26 left, 1st quarter
INTERCEPTION! After Brees takes over, he makes two quick throws for a first down, and then is intercepted as he throws deep over the center of the field.

5:12 pm
7-0 49ers, :50 left, 1st quarter
It was Dashon Goldson with the interception, and he returned it 42 yards to the New Orleans 4, where he's gang tackled by a group of Saints who normally don't tackle.

Smith takes over at the 4.

5:13 pm
14-0 49ers, :41 left, 1st quarter
TOUCHDOWN 49ERS! After Smith throws it away on first and second down, Smith hits Crabtree on a quick slant for the score. Akers hits the extra point, and the Niners fans sitting with me here literally cannot believe it.

5:16 pm
14-0 49ers, :41 left, 1st quarter
Going back to the interception, it seemed very un-Brees like. In the shotgun with an empty backfield, he had plenty of time. It appears that he just didn't see Goldson sitting back in center field, and the safety just cut across to intercept the pass.

5:16 pm
14-0 49ers, :37 left, 1st quarter
ANOTHER SAINTS TURNOVER! Roby muffs the kickoff, and as he picks it up to run it back, he fumbles again. The 49ers fall on it at the New Orleans 13.

5:19 pm
14-0 49ers, End of 1st quarter
"Is this is a dream?" asks my WSJ colleague Amir Efrati. The favored Saints have just committed their third turnover of the quarter, with the last two giving San Francisco the ball inside the red zone. And with Smith playing like, well, Drew Brees, and Frank Gore being Frank Gore, the Niners will have a chance to make it a three-possession game at the beginning of the second quarter.

"Dream." Amir says again.

5:22 pm
17-0 49ers, 14:13 left, 2nd quarter
The Saints' fumble turns into only three points, as New Orleans forces Smith to throw it away after a short Frank Gore run and a four-yard pass to tight end Justin Peelie. The 49ers bring in automatic Akers, who easily makes the 25-yard field goal.

5:27 pm
17-0 49ers, 13:30 left, 2nd quarter
The Saints take over at their own 20, and Brees quickly hits on three straight passes Meachem, Collins and then Marques Colston to move the ball to the San Francisco 44.

5:29 pm
17-0 49ers, 12:22 left, 2nd quarter
Another lost fumble for New Orleans?!? That's the ruling on the field as Sproles gets stripped by Whitner after a short pass, but it looks pretty clear that this ruling will be overturned, since Sproles's knee hit the ground before the ball came loose. Still, Payton has to throw the red flag to challenge the play. The referees are reviewing.

5:36 pm
17-7 49ers, 9:32 left, 2nd quarter
TOUCHDOWN SAINTS! Brees does his thang, finding Colston over the middle for 11 yards and a first down, before hitting Jimmy Graham for 16 yards by the left sideline. Then he finds Graham again, leaping over the middle of the end zone to put the Saints on the scoreboard.

5:39 pm
17-7 49ers, 9:37 left, 2nd quarter
Kasay adds the PAT to make it a 10-point game.

Brees moved the ball so fast that I didn't have time to point out that the Saints nearly gave the ball away again. Just before the touchdown pass, Chris Ivory got stripped on a two-yard run, but they fell on it.

They're not getting much on runs anyway, so they might as well just pass it.

5:44 pm
17-7 49ers, 8:00 left, 2nd quarter
The Niners lose a yard on a screen to Gore, who then rushes for no gain. On third down, Gore falls just short of a first down on a short pass, so the 49ers send Pro Bowler Andy Lee out to punt.

The Saints will take over at his own 34.

How much confidence do they have in the 49er offense? "Not at all," Amir says.

7:50 pm
24-23 Saints, 3:20 left, 4th quarter
After a touchback, Smith takes over and finds Hunter, who runs for a 13-yard gain.

On first-and-10 from his own 33, Smith's gets deflected at the line.

7:51 pm
24-23 Saints, 3:08 left, 4th quarter
Big play, Smith to Davis!! Smith finds his big tight end on one-on-one matchup on the left sideline, and he floats a beautiful pass. Davis gets knocked out at the New Orleans 30. They're already in Akers range.

7:54 pm
24-23 Saints, 2:18 left, 4th quarter
After the ugliness of the first half, the second half has become a real beauty. San Francisco seems content to milk the clock, as Gore and Hunter rush for eight yards to second up third-and-2 at the New Orleans 23.

Oh boy, big penalty for the 49ers, who get sent back five years for sending 12 men into the huddle. Harbaugh stares at the sky and it appears as if he thinks about throwing his headset to the ground, but suddenly remembers he has to call plays.

This sets up a big third-and-7 for San Francisco.

7:55 pm
29-24 49ers, 2:11 left, 4th quarter
TOUCHDOWN 49ERS!!! SF calls for quarterback run! Smith takes it in the shotgun and scampers down the left sideline for a 28-yard scoring run!

Now here comes the big two-point conversion.

7:59 pm
29-24 49ers, 2:11 left, 4th quarter
The Saints stop Gore on the two-point conversion! That seemed like an uninspired play following the touchdown. Smith was in the shotgun, and it appeared as if he changed the play at the line of scrimmage. Gore took the draw to the left side and got stopped at least a yard short.

Here we go. Brees will get the ball back with two timeouts and the two-minute warning.

8:00 pm
29-24 49ers, 2:08 left, 4th quarter
Darren Sproles should have taken a knee. He takes it deep in the end zone and gets ankle tackled at his own 12. Brees and his cadre of receivers come out. The Candlestick crowd is on its feet.

8:01 pm
29-24 49ers, 2:00 left, 4th quarter
Brees fires a quick screen pass to Sproles on the left. He gets a couple of blocks and a first down at the New Orleans 22. The teams trot to the sidelines for the two-minute warning.

8:03 pm
29-24 49ers, 1:54 left, 4th quarter
Empty backfield. Brees floats it to Colston, but it's too high for him. Second-and-10 for Brees.

8:04 pm
29-24 49ers, 1:48 left, 4th quarter
Brees finds Colston this time by the right sideline. The receiver steps out for a 13-yard gain and a first down at the New Orleans 34.

8:05 pm
30-29 Saints, 1:37 left, 4th quarter
TOUCHDOWN SAINTS!!! Brees throws into double coverage at midfield, but Graham comes up with it! He breaks a couple of tackles and scampers into the endzone!

8:05 pm
32-29 Saints, 1:37 left, 4th quarter
The Saints will go for two to make it a three-point game. Brees rolls out to the right and finds a wide-open Sproles to convert the play. Too easy.

8:07 pm
32-29 Saints, 1:37 left, 4th quarter
The good news for the Niners is that they need only a field goal to tie it. The have one timeout left and perhaps the league's best kicker in Akers.

8:07 pm
32-29 Saints, 1:32 left, 4th quarter
Ginn fields the kickoff deep in the end zone and, perhaps trying to do a bit too much, returns it to his own 15.

8:08 pm
32-29 Saints, 1:00 left, 4th quarter
Smith dumps it to Gore, who gains seven over the middle. Meanwhile, 30 seconds run off the clock.

8:09 pm
32-29 Saints, :40 left, 4th quarter
Another short pass down the middle to Gore, who gets 11 this time. The ball is at the San Francisco 33, but there are only 40 seconds left now after Smith throws incomplete on the next play.

8:10 pm
32-29 Saints, :31 left, 4th quarter
BIG PLAY! SMITH TO DAVIS AGAIN! Smith hits Davis in stride by the left sideline, and he sprints to the Saints 20!

8:12 pm
32-29 Saints, :14 left, 4th quarter
Another dumpoff to Gore. He gets seven to the Saints 13. But time ticks off the clock. Smith rushes up to spike the ball with 14 seconds left.

8:12 pm
35-32, 49ers :09 left, 4th quarter
TOUCHDOWN 49ERS! Smith hits Davis on a slant over the middle. He gets hammered but hangs on! The Niners are up by three with nine seconds left!

8:13 pm
36-32 49ers, :09 left, 4th quarter
Akers adds on the extra point! The Saints can't believe it!

And just as T.O. cried after that change, Davis is doing so now. Harbaugh gives him a big hug.

8:14 pm
36-32 49ers, :09 left, 4th quarter
Where did that come from? Smith looked terrible for much of the day, and is just 24 for 42 in the game. As one of my friends just said, "There's a little bit of Tebow in him."

8:15 pm
36-32 49ers, :03 left, 4th quarter
Akers squibs it, and the Saints can't do much besides return the ball to their own 13. Here we go. Brees gets one chance.

8:18 pm
36-32 49ers, FINAL
Add this one to the annals of 49ers playoff history. Brees passes short to the right, and a couple of laterals keep the Saints alive before the Niners defenders collapse on them.

8:27 pm
36-32 49ers, FINAL

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2012/01/14/nfl-playoffs-2012-live-blog-new-orelans-saints-san-francisco-49ers/

Rausch
03-18-2012, 02:25 PM
Whatever he had to say, No.

Smith is meaningful only to SF...

scho63
03-18-2012, 03:51 PM
CP members were ahead ahead of the curve on this issue talking about the fact SF may have NO QB to start the season, myself included...now ESPN has been all over this story finally realizing the implications if they fail to land PM and AS says "adios MF'ers"

scho63
03-19-2012, 02:28 PM
Alex Smith just got dealt 4 aces from Manning and should stick it up the 49ers ass!