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.
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.
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.
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Niners receivers had 107 YAC last night, yards after catch. 2nd most in any single game over the last 5 seasons.—
trey wingo (@wingoz) October 30, 2012
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