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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 31

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 31, 2012 – 11:09 AM

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.

Pro Football Focus named its mid-season All-Pro list and ranked the NFC’s West’s top players at the midway point of the season.

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.

49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at the team heading into the bye week, Week 8 game notes, comments from Joe Staley and Harbaugh’s press conference (video/transcript).




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14 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 31”

  1. By gary potter on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    11: AS offensive player of week. can your stomach stand that?? i hope it makes you sicker than hell, you deserve it. LOL

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

    same old 11years with no brain

  3. By bow53 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    (11-hmr1) needs attention in life…he does’nt even acknowledge nor applaud some of alex hater siding w/ him..thats not normal, anyways as long as the 49er is winning, i could’nt care less what he gooble.. gooble …. in here…..

  4. By bow53 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    boy.. that hit by dashon to doucet still ringing in my ear a bit…..men.. oh.. men……

  5. By temper11 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    hello!!!!! is this thing on! I freaking hate this f’n blog!

  6. By RED N GOLD on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply


  7. By BD on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I love that Goldson got redemption for the ejection that Doucet caused last year.

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

    what a shock, the national media is once again praising alex smith. they are taking notice that he is quietly becoming one of the most reliable qb’s in the league.comp. pct%, win-loss record, qb. rating, 3rd down efficenciy, not brady,rodgers,or brees like yardage totals,or even peyton manning who is taking the league over yet again. no, alex smith is playing fundamently strong football and it is spilling over to the rest of his team-mates. every nfl qb has his ups and downs throughout the season, clue-less individuals,such as our very own 11years with alex, try to spin it on alex when he has a bad game its his inability to complete the long ball or not looking through his reads and progressions,when in reality, thats what every nfl qb struggles with when he is having a bad game. keep up the good work,us REAL fans believe in you and what you bring to the 49ers. and by all means,,keep proving 11years with no brain wrong,,

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

    just watched the video piece on nflnetwork with pat willis, and he said some great things about alex, calling him, ” our leader,,the guy has more heart than anyone ive ever met,,with all the booing and negative press he has recieved, he could have split, but he believes in himself and he believes in coach harbaugh and we as his team-mates believe in alex smith 125%, for sure alex can lead us to the super bowl and win it”
    im telling you these guys would walk through fire for alex smith, he is their undisputed leader and they all believe in him, so lets look at this for what it is. alex believes in alex, coach harbaugh believes in alex, and the undisputed leader of our defense says the whole team believes in alex, we, THE FAITHFUL, believe in alex, leaving only 11years with no brain, no leg to stand on with his I hate alex smith rhetoric,,

  10. By ace on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply


  11. By ace on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    this just goes to show you what i know lol cuz i thought alex was kinda sloppy on monday nite, i thought he coulda been a little more acurate on a couple of throws that he completed, but maybe thats because he has rasied my expections for him, always wearing my # 11 jersey on gameday goooooo alex great job gooooooo niners all the way wooooooot superharghbowl !!!!!

  12. By MC33 on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Yet another week of proof that screeenname 11yrs with alex is full of “gobble gobble turkey”!:)

  13. By Jerome Manson on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great game. I cant wait to see what they do next. Taking the NFL by storm.

  14. By ninerfanfromtonga on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Gooooooooooo Niners

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