Who will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans this week? Perhaps Jim Harbaugh will shed light on the decision-making process in his 4:30 p.m. PT conference call with the media.
For now, speculation over who the 49ers will start on the road against the suddenly hot Saints will have to continue.
Here’s what we know: Alex Smith still has to be cleared for contact. Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick had a very successful showing in first career start against Chicago completing 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 133.1.
Before Smith suffered a concussion, he was 19-5 since the start of 2011 and led the 49ers to the NFC title game. If healthy, Smith provides the 49ers excellent leadership, play-making ability and decision-making for the offense.
Kaepernick, however, remains the hot topic of discussion after leading the offense on four consecutive scoring drives to start the game leaving Chicago defenders thoroughly impressed.
“He made some good throws when he had to,” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. “He did whatever he wanted to; he had all kinds of time.”
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wonders if a quarterback controversy is brewing.
Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com makes a case for who should be the starter.
Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle recapped the 49ers strong special teams performance.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News offers his takes on the quarterback situation.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined Vernon Davis’ productive night.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offers an instant game recap from the 49ers win.
Maiocco shared Harabugh’s comments on going with a “hot-hand” at quarterback.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com shared the comments of 49ers players on Kaepernick’s strong performance.
49ers.com offered a game story from the 49ers win, a notebook full of Aldon Smith statistics, photos from the game, a Cover 2 video recap presented by AAA and several videos and press conferences from the win.
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