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Instant Analysis: 49ers 23 – Rams 20

Posted by Scott Kegley on November 14, 2010 – 7:47 PM

The 49ers persevered, overcoming injuries and a seven-point defecit en route to a 23-20 overtime win over the St. Louis Rams who began the day tied for the lead in the NFC West.

Joe Nedney injured his right knee on the opening kickoff and there were a host of injuries on the offensive line.  First, Adam Snyder went down with a sprained shoulder so when Anthony Davis had to leave the game for one play, Tony Wragge came in at right tackle.  Then, Joe Staley went down and was carted off the field with a leg injury.  Wragge again came in and held down the fort at left tackle for the majority of the rest of the game.

“I’ve never played left tackle in a game,” said Wragge.  “I practiced it, maybe eight or nine years ago, but I’ve never played left tackle in a game.  That’s my role, which is be a multiple position guy and come in and contribute.”

For the second game in a row, Troy Smith rallied the 49ers late in the game.  Singletary challenged Smith to prove that he wasn’t just “a one game guy” after the 49ers win against the Broncos in London. Smith lived up to the challenge, completing 17-of -28 passes for 356 yards and a touchdown.  His passer rating was 116.7.

“There are too many tremendous athletes here to not share the ball, for everybody to not have an opportunity to make a play,” Smith said. “It’s on me to do that.”

Standout Stat: The 49ers were able to stretch the field as Smith racked up 356 yards through the air.

Highlight Reel: The 49ers faced a fourth-and-18 on their final drive of the fourth quarter.  Smith hit Frank Gore out of the backfield for a gain of 23.  After the game, Smith admitted that Gore changed the route due to the Rams coverage.

“Frank being the player that he is…definitely let me know, putting a bug in my ear as we were breaking the huddle some of the things that he would ad-lib if it happened,” said Smith.  “It happened that way, and we were going up the sideline.”

Put it in Perspective: I spoke with Josh Morgan following the game who told me, “It’s like March Madness around here. It’s win or go home.”

In a game that the 49ers felt they had to win, they did just that and knocked of the division leaders.  The Seahawks beat the Cardinals in Arizona so the 49ers stand two games behind Seattle at 5-4.  The 49ers have a lot of momentum right now, having won three of their last four games.

Singletary said the team still has a lot to work on as they committed 14 penalties for 105 yards which negated three touchdown passes.  That will be an area the 49ers will have to clean up when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) next Sunday at Candlestick.

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56 Responses to “Instant Analysis: 49ers 23 – Rams 20”

  1. By Holistic Practitioner on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    The Niners finally put their full heart into it. Game ball to Troy Smith, by far the best QB on our team. If we get our penalties down then we will win the division!

  2. By Peter on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    tough win but yet a win Go Niners.

  3. By EZ49erRider on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Singletary you better not do nothing STUPID like switch alex in because of your freakin “loyalty”, do the right thing. If it aint broke don’t fix it. 2 games no INT’s, and 2 wins = heisman trophy winner TROY SMITH

  4. By Gamebreaker76 on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    A well done job! And the bigger question will be is alex smith still number 1? Troy smith has done a good job and can move the ball very well. 2 wins and no turn overs! So if the niners want to push for the playoffs it would be wise to stay with troy smith. I don’t know what everybody else thinks but troy is the quarterback that can get us into the playoffs!!!!!

  5. By Tre on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    As much as I like and loyal to Alex Smith, I must agree with EZ49er. It looks like we have the right Smith on the field right now so let’s keep it that way.

  6. By janet gunn on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Way to go niners!! If Singletary puts Alex Smith back in then he is the one who should be fired!! Hell with loyalty, stick with the guy who is winning the games for us!!

  7. By bob on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    please please please no more alex smith!!!!

  8. By Romaneyes4 on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Wht couldn’t Alex Smith got injured in week 4? Troy Smith is our only hope for this years team. Next year we still need to take a long look at our QB options.

  9. By Juan on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, Keep T. Smith in why change it? also the o-line got man handled especially Anthony Davis against Long, its ok though, our team got the WIN and that’s all that matters, Goldson keeps getting burned deep,don’t know why since he should of just kept Amendola in front, lucky Bradford over threw him but hey good job nonetheless in playing together.

  10. By bob on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    we all need to get together and let singletary know that were tired of alex smith,i dont know what the reason is…is he a really nice guy? are they scared to hurt his feelings? or is it because they dont want someone whos getting paid as much as him to sit on the bench…its worth lwasting the money if it means troy is out there winning….i dont wanna see alex smith ever again…we should be what…9 and 0 right now…no more alex smith

  11. By JR Baca on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply


  12. By mtnbiker on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    I was very impressed with the way troy smith managed the game. his pocket pressence is the best i have seen on our roster in a few years. it would be stupid to pull him out. alex is 1-6, troy is 2-0.

  13. By bob on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    by the way crabtree just keeps getting better and better…im lovin it

  14. By Vernell Mitchell on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    I hoped Alex Smith would have a good season. Now I realize it’s Alex’s fault for not pushing the ball downfield. Troy knows less of the offense but he wants to win, bad. Troy has to be the new QB even when Alex gets healthy. We changed the OC. We stopped the turnovers the last few games. The last problem we have to solve, and I hate to say it but… Anthony Davis is just not getting it done. I record the games and watch the play of the rookies. Week after week, Anthony Daivs gets beat or gets called for holding penalties. He already got one QB hurt.

  15. By Criagniner on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Give Alex back his job when he gets healthy.

  16. By AnTwan Drew on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hold on now people lets not get our hopes up tampa is a good team coming to san fran next week so lets see how troy does against a good but not great defense. Second of all the 49ers have yet to win a game on the road. I’m not going to jump on the Troy Smith bandwagon unitl he gets a big win on the road against the packers in week 13. How he plays in that game win let you know if he is the guy or not. And Finally, I agree with Vernell about Anthony Davis he is always giving up sacks, especially against stunt moves he just doesnt have the awarness to kick out and pick up those stunt blocks. However, he is a first round draft pick and you just cant bench him he will only get better with more reps, if he doesnt then its either a problem with the o-line coach or Anthony Davis just might not be that good.

  17. By Viliam Dugovic on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    It is drama.but 49ers are wining,and 49ers shack their desperate look.Bravo Singletary !

  18. By Ben Luis on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony Davis is not getting the job done! Of course there’s problems in other areas as well but it’s every week withDavis! C’mon man! Coach Singletary has got to do something right now! This is an obvious head coach decision. A very glaring and frustrating thing!

  19. By Gil on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    A win is a win. Go with consistency, Go with Troy Smith, he gives us a better chance of winning that Alex does, Singletary please face reality and do the right thing and for the good of the team, look at the big picture and put ego’s aside and loyalty aside for Alex and stay with Troy. Think what the score would have been if 3 touch downs were called back because of consistant PENALTIES, eleminate the penalties, and be more creative on the offensive side of the ball, mix it up more, I am tired of 1 and 2 yard gains, were to predictable and not putting the defense on their heals, take some risks and not be so conservative all the time, but the Offense did come thru when the pressure was on, GO NINERS!!!! Beat the Bucs, next week.

  20. By daivd on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Who’s number 1 on the field and number 1 in everybody’s heart? Troy Smith… He’s a winner therefore Mr. Coach Singletary you should stick with Troy…
    2010 seasons for the 49ers will be 10 – 6
    Playoff here we come…

  21. By Healing on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    We Won Again! Yeah the Niners are on a roll, and should roll over the NFC West. Troy Smith is the QB we need this year.

  22. By Hawaiian Joe on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Good win. We have to keep it rolling. The divison is still up for the taking. I think alex smith is the best QB we have to hold the clip board. So lets leave him there. GO NINERS

  23. By ishmael stagner on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Troy Smith gives the dimension of his feet, if he gets into trouble. But, he stays in the pocket so his line tends to know where he is. Davis keeps getting pushed too far back, and needs to shepherd block better. 3 touchdowns called back because of penalties is too, too spooky for a team that still has playoff hopes. BTW. Did anybody notice what the Broncos did to KC? Egad. If we could have just some of those losses back. Ah, well.

  24. By pablo on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply


  25. By Danny on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    I’m likin’ it !! Troy Smith looks much smoother and more confident than alex and Carr combined. A foolish move it would be to bring Alex Smith back now. You always ride the streak out !! A little more exciting and innovative play calling this week. Mike Johnson is working out , too !! Go Niners !!!#$%^

  26. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    “The 49ers had three touchdowns called back because of penalties, but [Troy]Smith didn’t let anyone hang their heads. He entered the huddle, took control, and guided the 49ers to their third win of the season.

    “He told us, ‘Keep your head up,’ ” said tight end Delanie Walker, who finished the game with four receptions for 80 yards. “He kept us level when we were in there. A lot of guys get mad because of those touchdowns being called back, but he got in there and controlled that huddle.”

    THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TROY and ALEX. Troy has the ability to get his teammates to believe in winning. Troy is a winner. Alex just goes through the motions and plays with no fire and no swagger whatsoever.

    All this talk about Alex Smith being inconsistent because he’s had like 6 different offensive coordinators is COMPLETE HOGWASH. Smith doesn’t have focus at the QB position, he is NOT A LEADER, and he doesn’t know how to build camaraderie with his teammates. This is the bottom line.

    TROY, meanwhile, has very little knowledge of the system and the OC and yet he is 2-0 with zero turnovers and has a QB rating over 100 in two games. IT’S CLEAR THAT THE DIFFERENCE IS TROY, NOT COACH SINGLETARY.

    Troy executes. Alex doesn’t. Troy is a winner. Alex is not. Troy is a leader. Alex is a follower. Troy has composure/poise. Alex hits the panic button. Troy goes deep. Alex throws to the flats. Troy distributes to his receivers. Alex only throws to Vernon and Frank. Troy has faith in his teammates. Alex has no faith whatsoever in himself.

    I’m CALLING YOU OUT ALEX. Have the balls to go out and admit to your coach that you aren’t cut out for the starting job and resign. Tell Coach Singletary that your teammate Troy should be the starter the rest of the season. Doing this will at least salvage you some respect from Niner fans.

  27. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    KDB, wherever you’re at… where are you now?? How come I don’t see you commenting on the blogs all of a sudden.

    You were so adamant in saying last week that Coach Singletary is to blame for the Niners 1-6 start. You were so adamant in saying that it doesn’t matter who you throw in at the QB position. You said it doesn’t matter whether it’s Troy or Alex, the Niners still won’t win. HAHAHA

    I told you all along that leadership on the football team starts at the QB position because it is the QB who is the second coach on the field.

    It is the QB that has the ability to get his teammates believing in something.

    It is the QB who has the responsibility of managing the huddle and controlling the game.

    And once special teams and the defense see that they’re QB is being a leader worth following, then the rest of the team will start believing in winning and begin to play for each other.

  28. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    KDB cont…

    Did you see the highlights of Tom Brady today against the Steelers? Did you see how he got in teammates’ faces and inspired them to start playing better after the Pats’ lackluster loss to Cleveland last week?? Did you see him being vocal to his team on the sidelines??

    If you didn’t, go watch the highlights on the NFL Network. Look at Brady’s demeanor, body languange, and pay close attention to how he acts like another coach on the field. Don’t get back to me until you do this because after all the nonsense you wrote last week, I’m laughing at your ignorance right now especially since you claim you played in the NFL.

    A quote from Brady after today’s game:

    “Part of playing quarterback is making sure that everyone is always into it and there’s a certain focus when playing…”

    Open your eyes and smell the egg mcmuffins my friend. “Directing leadership” is not as overrated as you think.

  29. By JimJam on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    It sounds like T. Smith has a lot of composure and leadership.
    This is exactly what the 49ers need right now.
    Good game.


  30. By kukkonen on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    I am still a mike s fan but let troy play tell are play off hope is gone he gets out of trouble, can throw down feild,and win

  31. By tom in nj on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    YEAH 49ERS! WOW it feels good! Troy Smith is the real deal! Fast release, placement of the ball with velocity and the ability to extend the play?Watching him made me think of two things: reminded me of watching past QB’s where the position wasn’t the issue,and he looks like MIke Vick at times ( T SMITH NEW AKA” BABY Vick”) All thats needed now is the staff to realize what they have and to start working on conract extension! Been awhile for us fans to get excited to watch our QB until now! Keep up the faith! GO NINERS!

  32. By tom in nj on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    By the way it’s been 6 years since one of our QB’s threw for over three hundred yards? ( 04 Tim Rattay @38 attempts) Troy Smith 17 attempts! Just FYI

  33. By magic32 on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    hey tom nj

    6 years since a qb threw for 300 yard game?

    Didn’t shaun hill get one for us last year?

    I gotta go look it up….

    big game next week vs. tb.

    can’t have a winning season with these dumb penalties man….
    we look like the damn raiders

  34. By magic32 on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    oh yea…alex threw for 300 yards this year too!!!

  35. By UVSlam on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Troy Smith has more than earned his spot at QB. The offense looks like it is coming together at a good pace. Troy should lead the team at QB. He brings the “it” factor that we have been missing and it is working. I say ride him to the Division Title.

  36. By John on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    It’s more than obvious who the starting QB should be. T. Smith has confidence and swagger, and it rubs off on the other players. Sure, he made some bonehead throws and mistakes, but it’s only his second game. No turnovers in those 2 games, and he fearlessly tosses the ball downfield – ACCURATELY – allowing our talented receivers to make plays on the ball. Plus, I mean it says on his jersey he’s the #1… so there you go. =)

  37. By fredammer on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    good game 49ers keep up the good work stay with troy smith

  38. By James on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Did you see T. Smith’s ”QB rating? It was actually in the triple digits! Yea, we finally have a QB who can get it done and who is a gunslinger!

  39. By Antioch Nate on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Lets face it folks Alex Smith is done here in SF. The 9ers gave Alex 6 years to prove he was a capable NFL QB. The 9ers only stuck with him as long as they did because he was their num 1 pick. Sing, Troy, Jed all of the young 9ers. I repeat young 9ers. The Owner, The Coach, The Front office and team are all finding there way. Let them grow together. We need to turn the page and ride the tide of success that a true winner will bring to this storied franchise. The stats don’t lie. 350+ yards 4TDs even though 3 were rejected because of penalties. Tom Brady had 350 yards and 3 TDs. This is no joke Troy is the man and as time goes on you will see that he is a top tier QB.
    I am sure under different circumstances Alex Smith would have excelled. We 9ers fans have been extremely patient. Jed York we understand you are a rookie, Sing we understand you are too. You must go with the hot hand now a proven winner in Troy Smith,
    High School, College (Heisman Winner) what more do you need. Cut your losses and move on.
    Antioch Nate

  40. By tom in nj on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    magic32 your right saun hill did get 300 yrds in 08 wekk 11 iI think but Troy threw for over that…That what I was trying to say…Still been awhile for us waiting for either one with a win at the end and not a loss! Feels good! $%^#@ Google, Alex threw for 309 too…But how many pics? fumbles and who won?

  41. By Tybolt on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    I happen to agree with a few comments made by a couple different people…first was “don’t fix something thats not broken,” i agree with that as of right now…Troy Smith is on fire and a good leader of the 9ers…I also think that i can’t hop on the Troy Smith “bandwagon” quite yet…i think he needs to prove him slef a little more and if he can still command 9ers on a road game and if he can win on the road i will be able to “hop on that band wagon.” I truly hope that Troy Smith can keep he street going…but i must stay that i do like Alex Smith as a QB but right now Troy Smith is playing better than Alex. Again don’t fix something thats not broken…9er fan for life…go 9ers

  42. By Dandy on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Singletary will put Alex Smith back in again. Smith has some pictures of Singletary with young boys or goats or something. ther ehas to be a reson he sticks with A Smith. When the Niner sgo back to losing, Singletary will get sacked.

  43. By Ken on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Now were on the right track, and with Troy behind center we can stay in the thick of it and salvage the season.

  44. By mr.kimble on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    alex smith, david carr, deshon goldson have gots to go!

  45. By mr.kimble on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    nate davis could use a positve role model to help him develop in the qb spot troy smith would be excellent for that. it would be a win win situation for our fans and our season

  46. By kylan wilson on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    the 49ers will beat the tampa bay bucs. predict score 17-14

  47. By Hermie on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Chickenfriedrice, I too was looking to see what KDB had to say. It is funny because after talking about Alex not having “IT”, one of the sports analysts was talking about Troy and how he seems to have “IT”!! I am not saying Troy is the one just yet, but I am as excited as I have been since I knew Alex was not the guy!!

    Singletary better not go back to Alex, or he will be fired!!

  48. By Floyd on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    If Alex is able to practice, make some money and trade him to Miami. If they won’t take him, pay them to take him. 49ers will be better off. A QB is paid big bucks to accurately throw the ball in 3 seconds and not make mistakes. Troy does that. Thin out the roster and keep Troy. (Thank God 49ers found Troy before Miami did.)

  49. By Jason on Nov 15, 2010 | Reply

    I am very happy to see the 49ers win 3 of their last 4 games. I will admit i was a little worried 2 weeks ago in London when Troy Smith (3rd string) started over D.Carr in the Game against the Broncos in London. I was very impressed with his accuracy and ability to scramble for the rushing touchdown, I haven’t seen a 49ers QB do that since Montana and Garcia.. and the win against the rams was great since my brother is a rams fan, 2 thumbs up for Nedney and handling the pressure so well, A LOT of kickers choke in situations like that. That being said i think the O-Line needs to open their eyes a bit and watch those penalties.. 21 points taken away due to penalties is outrageous. With all that being said, Good luck to the 49ers next Sunday against the Bucs, Don’t let their record scare you, They aren’t superheros, they can be beat.. Good luck guys..

  50. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hermie… the moment I saw and heard Troy Smith in the post game locker room speech immediately after our win against Denver, I knew Troy was the right person to lead this team.

    What this team needed was someone other than the coaching staff who could command the attention and focus of the rest of the team – offense, defense, special teams. Troy is able to do that because he has a knack for bringing out the best from his teammates.

    And now, everyone is following his lead and playing for a cause.



    Niner faithful: If y’all haven’t watched the most recent POST GAME LOCKER ROOM SPEECH VIDEO, in which COach Sing does his speech and Troy immediately follows with his speech…watch it. It will send shivers down your spine just listening to how his teammates respond to his leadership in the locker room. This was Joe Montana. This was Steve Young. This is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. And now this is Troy Smith.

  51. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 16, 2010 | Reply

    KDB…still not here? where are you buddy? Are you out having dinner with Alexia Smith?

    I hope you have woken up and listened to Coach Singletary’s comments in the MONDAY PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO. In fact, I think he was talking to you. Like I told you last week, Coach Singletary finally said in public that Troy Smith “has been THE DIFFERENCE”. And I quote him on that.

    Call me on my cell KDB lol… ttyl :)

  52. By niner4life on Nov 16, 2010 | Reply


  53. By jimmy weaver on Nov 16, 2010 | Reply

    a good win by the niners i think they will win this division that is for sure, the seahawks are inconsistant and the rams are a work in progress but are geting better im impressed with them. and the cardinals just stink flat out. they need alot of pieces mainly a quarterback.

  54. By adam77 on Nov 16, 2010 | Reply

    Anothony Davis is killing us right now. Singletary need to get through to the kid, seems like his heads just not in the game. i thought he would get better as the year had progressed but he hasnt

  55. By happyfan on Nov 16, 2010 | Reply

    I was actually at the game which was sooo awesome. There was so much excitement and amazement that we were actually doin it! Nothing against Alex Smith personally but I don’t think he’s starting quarterback quality and he’s had a long enough opportunity to get better. I think Troy Smith is a rock star but even if something happens to him I don’t want Alex Smith back in. Trade him away and get someone else better for our team. If Singletary puts Alex back in then I want Singletary out. And I’m a Singletary fan.

  56. By JR Baca on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply



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