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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 30

Posted by Taylor Price on October 30, 2012 – 11:21 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have returned from the desert with a two-game lead in the NFC West following Monday’s 24-3 dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals.

Alex Smith turned in a near-perfect night, completing 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Only a Delanie Walker dropped pass on a crossing route stood as his only incompletion on a national stage.

Because of Smith’s accurate game, the eighth-year quarterback leads the NFL with a 69.4 completion percentage.

Smith joked after the game that his confidence never went away after back-to-back games with just one touchdown pass combined. “It was in my closet,” Smith said in comments shared by Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Smith and his 49ers teammates will remain confident heading into the bye week. The 49ers will have the week off before coming back early next week to prepare for a Week 10 home game against the St. Louis Rams.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle noted how Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss sparked the 49ers offense.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News offers his game story and a notebook on Moss’ big game.

Monte Poole of the San Jose Mercury News took a look at Crabtree’s big-play potential.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared Jim Harbaugh’s comments on criticism of Alex Smith.

Barrows also offers game grades and a look at Arizona’s wideouts failing to make big plays against the 49ers.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reviewed the Smith-Crabtree connection and San Francisco’s defensive dominance.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com recently filed two stories on the new Santa Clara Stadium. One on the technology vision and another featuring a Q&A with CEO Jed York.

49ers.com’s game coverage included a game story examining how the 49ers ran wild in Arizona, a notebook on Smith’s near-perfect game, a look at the defensive effort against the Cardinals, a column on Moss’ powerful performance, game photos and a Cover 2 breakdown presented by AAA.



Pretty good.

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65 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 30”

  1. By jamroc on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    smitty was on fire last night…keep eatin them wheaties kidd….early doucet has stains on his underpants…cards rush for 7 yds…hahaha….helter skelton needs jesus

  2. By temper11 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply


  3. By Manny Rodriguez on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Watching Godson’s across-the-middle absolute smackdown but clean hit makes me very happy to be a niner fan and not a Cardinal receiver. Reminded me a little of Tatum but it WAS clean. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!

  4. By temper11 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    My son and I watched that hit about 20 times! I was happy to see that poor sap get up. Brutal and perfectly clean hit. Awesome.

  5. By bow53 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    it should come down on one of the greatest hit,in the history of the franchise…still buzzing in my ear…good pay back time…..

  6. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    where is 11years with no brain? alex has a great game and he doesnt show up,,,,again,,,he talks all this mess about alex when he has a bad game,,,and when he plays well he pulls a disapearing act for a week or two,,,like I have been saying,,,HE AINT NO 49ER FAN

  7. By temper11 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    He (11years) is still trying to figure out how to spin the best completion percentage in an NFL game as somehow more evidence that Smith is a sub par QB. It’s difficult being a complete idiot. It takes time, dedication and a complete release of reality.

  8. By Brad on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Temper11, take it easy on 11 years – everyone knows that he is a greater judge of talent than say, Jon Gruden.

    11 years, tell everyone how stupid Gruden is for thinking Alex is a great QB.

    Now, like I said a few weeks ago, let’s all just ignore this buffoon.

  9. By bow53 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    temper another well said…lol…….

  10. By hmrhead1 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to see Alex put up these same numbers against good defenses. I cheer for the man louder than anyone, but until he can put up these same numbers against quality defenses, we’ll continue to struggle against quality opponents. Let’s not kid ourselves. Az is not a good team regardless of their record. I hope last night proved to Alex that he has got to get our WRs the ball if we are to take the next step. I want Alex to see that success so bad, but after 8 years, he just has not shown me that he can make those same downfield throws against NYG and SEA. And he is still taking too many sacks. Throw the ball away!

  11. By bow53 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    well.. well guest who showed up the funk-jive turkey gobbler, gobble….gooble…..gooble…thats what his good at, we know this is same guy 11…c’mon……

  12. By Brad on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hmrhead1 – Arizona doesn’t have a good defense? Says who? Check the stats!

  13. By gary potter on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    11 will feed off of hammerhead. he is in his hole pondering next move. 11 give it up gobble gobble. LOL at you for your lack of knowledge.

  14. By dave g. on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Let me get this straight hmrhead1. The tougher the defense the harder it is for a QB. I didn’t realize it worked that way. You mean like when Aaron Rodgers had a hard time versus us this year? Oh, thats how it works!!!!! What a dumb@ss! Its amazing how rediculous peoples comments are when they biased. 49er fan?, my @ss. He was 18 of 19 with 3 TD’s for Gods Sake! Now thats efficient. Just give our QB props for once and STFU.

  15. By Missouri 9er on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Starting with Alex the whole team played LIGHTS OUT all night!!!!!!!! Lets keep things rolling against the Rams. GOOOOOOO NINERS!!!!!!!

  16. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    comin at ya

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    and the trolls come out where were you guys for the giants game when alex looked like a deer in headlights ….nuff said …..at no time did anyone say nor me nor anyone you think is meh say that alex can not throw a ball to a open guy….now he did make throws he has not yet made this year ever a jumper to crabs who you all wanted out of here i might add and the moss thing was all moss not alex

  18. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    so when you come troll barking with your non original turkey mumbo jumbo remember when you use someone elses phrases you make yourself unoriginal and fail to even seem real and or factual ….come on peeps come up with your own jargen and you too can be a real fan ……go niners great comment coach ….keep em comin …as for the copycats …..you still seem to be treading water in the fact department and always will

  19. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    rest of the season should be pretty much same maybe a close game next time with the seachickens …rams who and cards might make a run at us next game maybe ….patriot game should not matter as far as playoffs ….hopefully….now all that out of the way ….and yes i do not think alex will be able to get us to the superbowl and if we have to play the giants to get there definatley not …..just saying my opinion ….alex has to play with fire at all times or else he falls flat or blames someone else as well as several on here who wanted crabs to be booted off and yet he is not a star player by any means but is getting better and better ….alex still the same as he was inconsistant and really bad when it counts

  20. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    and bad form for this blog to slam someone ..because you think they are me …same as always you just blast away at what you dont know and say it is right ….well for shame niners …..now what you should be doing is marking down how this game went and how many sacks alex took that he didnt need to because in games where the other team can carve us up those sacks lead to no TD’s and losses. same old alex …this is just another stretch of jeff garcia type play that gives the unknowledged wide eyes and yet always ends up short ……..

  21. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    all of the banter and jabs and slams and copycating ….dont matter at all ….until alex actually does something …blah blah last year ….this year harder schedule ….a loss to the serging giants and vikings and wins over lackluster performing teams …not saying the coaches did not prepare just losses that would not have happened …..not that it matters at this point unless we lose the next 5 games to our division …still the point is alex does not have the gumption to win the big ones to push us to the superbowl…blah blah saints game he showed up for one game to sleep for the next …..big woop

  22. By rjdniner on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    11yrs how did Moss get that ball he carried for the TD and regardless if the def was there or not, and they don’t put stats on the Lombardy trophy .

  23. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply


  24. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    lol how did he get the ball ….yeah so ummm let me see alex said hey ok if i throw it now randy will juke 2 dudes and out run 3 more ….lol …you make your own jokes or does alex write em for ya……nice work moss by the way …..

  25. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    and well just this you know what your right …if alex has only his checkdown game after 7 years then yes by all means put him in the probowl and superbowl and HOF might as well those places are becomeing a joke anyways ….if they insist on putting T.O and Ocho thug in there then by all means alex should be in there for best hanging around average QB that not one other team wanted …shoot maybe you will make it in with your witty comments and wrongful postings of who is who ….you da man …next to aklex of course

  26. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    and if alex can …..can wow…. manage to sneak his way in and pull off a superbowl win then i will be so happy for the gores and staleys and others who endured the years of alex trying to become the best checkdown QB who ever was…….kosar who …mcnabb who….andre who….vick who ….lol just pulling your strings by the way gore and hunter and the o-line won that game as well as the defense and special teams …way to run ginn

  27. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    rock on niners keep gearing up for the giants and punch eli in the mouth

  28. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    it is the jeff garcia days all over again …talk about the big wins and yet oh so short ….lets keep em more years and yet nothing …hey he is a probowler and yet nothing …..niner fans come-on wake up strive to have the best and win superbowls now wish for the not so good QB guy to maybe …just maybe get close enough to say maybe next time ..maybe next time the years have been hard and a new stadium is in the mix and really you want alex to be the poster child at the new stadium ……..up in lights the QB who almost always makes it close but not so good to win it all

  29. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    this message has been paid for by the people who want the niners to win superbowls not wish to win with a 1st round average at best inconsistant unaccurate…refuses to throw the deep ball because his accuracy is garbage …and yet you cheer for the guy who ultimatley will get us to the front door and forget to knock

  30. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    and you say he endured and could have gone to another team…lol first off he had his chance not one team wanted to give him any where near what the niners would …..and well he endured what…. getting 70 million dollars for doing nothing and hanging around to get more from the niners because not 1 team would have em ….alex has the same agent as peyton manning and it shows ….maybe you all should hire em as well maybe you could get paid for cheering for alex …now that would be news worthy

  31. By dave g. on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    So this Eleven Years just wrote about 10 blogs! I honestly only read the 1st and half the 2nd then I got bored. HAHAHAHAHA! What a dork. If you got to fill up half these blogs with nonsense than you have no point as always. All you have to say is, “I don’t like Alex, he sucks, blah, blah, blah” and you would have made the same biased point.

  32. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    dude,your so ignorant that you cant even admit that alex is playing better this year than even you expected him to. he is leading this team to the play-offs,with good games and bad games, just like every other team in the league. well, they say ignorance is blind, and you seem quite blinded by your obvious distaste of alex smith no matter how well he plays,no matter who he does it against. the saints game wasnt even for you nay sayers, nor were all the come from behind victoys, he has the best win-loss record of any qb in the nfl since mid season last year, winning is everything, no matter how it is done,and if you were to ask the guys in the locker room if alex can win the super bowl for them, they would tell without a doubt, they would walk through fire for that guy, that part of alex’s game is lost on you buddy

  33. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    11years with no brain,what a great attempt at saving yourself from saying alex is good..” even if they somehow win a super bowl with alex ? thats just like saying yeah the 49ers won the super bowl but alex still sucks..pathetic

  34. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    and yet alex lost the next game to a bad giants team …..because he could not handle the pressure of haveing to win the game after they shut down gore and vernon alex is a one hit wonder that everyteam knows about and the wins are from the defense my friend and trying to say it is all alex is the reason why he is still here and wasteing our time ……all the regualr season wins in the world mean nothing because he is a average QB and when wa the last time an average QB won the superbowl ….the guy cant even make the probowl with all of your so called stats …..he didnt even get comeback player ….if harbaugh leaves alex is retired that is how good alex is face it and you shall then have been …….

  35. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    come on guys alex played an ok game sure like i said it is not that he cant throw the ball …any dork who played football can throw a ball …..his lack of so many skills is the determining factor the only way we get any further is if the defense totally slams everyteam in the face and they quit …but then you will say it was all alex anyways so it is a mute point to yall

  36. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    a bad giants team? if harbaugh leaves? do you even read what your typing?

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    this team is built as a run first team. tampa with brad johnson an above avg. qb. ravens with trent dilfer, an avg. qb. san diego made it to the super bowl but lost with an avg qb stan humphries, the panthers with jake delhhome a borderline avg qb,,,shall I go ?

  38. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    there are many instances where avg qb’s led their teams to a super bowl, some have won,others have lost but it can be done, coach harbaugh likes our chances with alex to win it all and that is good e’nuff for me

  39. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    yes,I get mad when alex makes a bad choice, it happens, to every qb in the league at one time or another,for others it happens more. but when we are winning,and all signs point to a playoff berth, c’mon dude,what? you cant man up and admit that alex is playing better this year than you expected him to? real fans know whats up. ” I would rather make it to the super bowl and lose it than not even make the playoffs at all, not making the playoffs is a disappointing season. if the team makes the playoffs the season is a success,everything after that is a bonus.” coach bill walsh at the start of the 1981 season….I think that says it all

  40. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    hello 11 years crying about alex

  41. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply


  42. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    is in the record books with completion percentage.
    -Number 1 rated QB in football up til two weeks ago and even facing two nearly the best defenses in football still remained in the top 10 rated QBs.
    -and is now back to number 4 rated QB in football.

  43. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yea why wait? Show everyone how you blog your foot down your throat now. after THIS LAST game.

  44. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply


  45. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    I mean you must be here to bare your self to everyone. . . You can’t possibly think what you typed above would have any influence on the fans, much less anyone in the 49er’s organization. I mean just look at way you posted can’t you!?!?! Why arn’t you ashamed of yourself?

  46. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    “like i said it is not that he cant throw the ball …any dork who played football can throw a ball. . .”

    “and yet alex lost the next game to a bad giants team. . .”

    Really, you need a hug. But hold the drool.

  47. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    And finally, I remember you saying last year about this time that ‘if Alex Smith gets this team to the playoffs and wins a game then everything I say is wrong. But that won’t happen. And I’m not wrong.’

  48. By Hmrhead1 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Im not concerned with how Alex performs when the competition is inferior. Im concerned with how he performs against the giants and seahawks. I really want him to succeed. But RG3 has made more plays in 8 games than alex has made in 8 years.

  49. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    yeah it is funny how you say the same things and so do i …but in the end we did not go to the superbowl when the giants basically laid down and alex went 3 and out like 12 times ……yeah great job ….like i say all the time …what he does is very limited and i feel will not lead to anything but bloated stats and teams like the giants laughing and hoisting the trophy ….tired of the giants and packers and patriots …and dont see alex doing anything but folding like a cheap lawn chair when a good defense leans on him ….and it has happened a lot….he did help to blow out several teams this year yes great …in the end he looked real bad and was a huge key to the losswes to teams we needed to beat in order to establish ourselves not to mention how good can he be if no team wanted him when he tested the waters …..and then we went after peyton…and he still signed because we were the only offer or he would be sitting on the couch…..a comfortable couch i am sure with all those millions for his checkdowns

  50. By 805faithful on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Great win for us. Arizona’s D actually made Alex look good. But I definitely don’t buy all of this Qb ratings or his almost perfect game stats. He throws for 10 yards people. Let’s see what he does against the Bears D. Trust me I would want him to succeed one day and win a Super Bowl for us like T.Dilfer for the Ravens, but he lacks the vision to look down the field and that ain’t gonna get us past a good team in the playoffs when it matters most. But other than that GO 49ERS!!

  51. By 805faithful on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not about how good he looks on paper. It’s about how many rings he’s wearing.

  52. By rstar21 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11… Im not gonna sit here and bad mouth you like everyone else… though its deserving…for you to say that Randy Moss did everything on that play and Alex had nothing to do with it… so what about Aaron Rodgers with small dump-offs to Cobb who runs for 30 yrds… does he get credit? Or Brees throwing a screen to Sproles who runs it for 60 yrds and a td… does he get credit… or what about Peyton when he threw a ten yrd screen pan to D Thomas who ran it for 80 yrds against the Steelers… does he not get the credit?? YAC… yards after the catch man… if the QB makes a solid accurate throw that allows a receiver to gain those extra yards… you think Brees, Rodgers, Eli they throw for 300+ yrds with out YAC… they wouldnt… Alex made good throws… and every QB has a bad game… before the NYG and SEA games Alex had 8-1 td to int ratio the best in the league at that time… he has 2 bad games and thats all you can mention… wont even mention MNF he only Incompletion was a dropped ball… why are you not bashing Brees for his subpar performance against the Broncos, or Rodgers against us, or Brady against the same D Alex tourched up, or Shaub for choking against the Packers… which Alex Smith threw 2 tds against the Pack at Lambeau… just stating facts man not bashing you… Jus a little respect for the man… He is ballin!!

  53. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    rg3 makes plays with his legs and feet take away that ability and you wouldnt see defenses crashing down as much and his success would be minimal he also came to a team with an offensive minded coachj it is totally unfair to make that comparision.

  54. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    you are such a fake a$$ fan 11years with no brain it makes me sick

  55. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    well said rstar21 but 11years with no brain will respond by saying something so unintelligent it will baffle the mind, the dude is a complete idiot hater who cant possibly be a 49ers fan

  56. By MC33 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think the moderators allow 11yrs to post 50 times in a row and remain here simply because it makes the site busier. more conversation. But the inept babble is all summed up in one poster, who has proven to troll in several different screen names. I believe he truelly feels he can wield some sort of influence. He hasn’t been able to do anything for 7 years. Jim Harbaugh has the utmost confidence in Alex Smith. John Gruden, and many other REAL authorities on the sport. So in the words of the Coach of the team of which 11yrs professes to be a fan: “Gobble, gobble,turkey.”

  57. By temper11 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply


  58. By temper11 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    This freaking blog is so frustrating… why take the time to craft a post if it’s a comlplete gamble if it will even get through.

  59. By bow53 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    mic test……

  60. By bow53 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    (11- hmr1) one person, typical FUNK-JIVE TURKEY GOOBLER”

  61. By bow53 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    wake-up server…….

  62. By dave g. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Let me get this straight 11 & Hmrhead1. So the tougher the defense the tougher it is for the QB to have a great game. What an amazing discovery! I did not realize it worked that way.

  63. By Lu on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply


  64. By wasatchstallion on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Alex hating has got to stop. Lets rally together and win the NFC. If Alex sucks so bad how come we are 2-0 in the division? And his stats last game are better than Joe and Steve ever put up. STFU 11yrs! Just enjoy 49ers football and be happy we are winning.

  65. By dave g. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    RG3???, give him time. Remember all the hub bub about Vick????? How quickly idiots jump on and off bandwagons! Are they starting to forget Cam? Matt Flynn???

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