San Francisco is dressed in orange and black today as the Giants take to the city streets to celebrate their World Series title with a parade on Halloween. Alex Smith got dressed up for the occasion and took in the sights and sounds of the parade as the 49ers enjoy their lengthy bye week.
Smith was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week earlier today after his 18 of 19, 232-yard, three-touchdown performance on Monday night at Arizona. It was the latest display of the chemistry building between Smith and the 49ers leading receiver Michael Crabtree, who hauled in two touchdowns. Crabtree now has a team-high 39 catches for 440 yards through eight games.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com examined the confidence between Smith and the 49ers wideout. “Crabtree has lobbied Smith to give him more opportunities even when there is not a lot of separation between him and the closest defender,” Maiocco wrote. “And on Monday night, Smith finally gave Crabtree that chance.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate features Jim Harbaugh’s congratulatory comments to the Giants, mid-season awards and more.
Maiocco passed along the comments of Harbaugh, who said the 49ers are inspired by the Giants’ championship run.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted the impact of 49ers receivers gaining yards after the catch on Monday.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Harbaugh’s “gobble, gobble” postgame comments from Monday night.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared comments from Harbaugh, who believes Smith should be credited for a 20th pass in his Week 8 effort.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com wrote that he’s not surprised 49ers fans want to see more of Colin Kaepernick.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com said the stock of Smith and Crabtree is rising.
Inman offered his Week 8 grades for the 49ers.
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