San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith silenced critics and naysayers with his stellar performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. The 49ers soundly routed the Cardinals, 24-3, in a game that was dominated from the start. The win gives San Francisco a 6-2 record, and control of their division for the second straight year. The Arizona Cardinals simply didn’t have any answer for Alex Smith’s passing game, thanks to a strong O-line that kept him off the turf.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith completed 14 of 15 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and finished the game with 18 completions in 19 attempts for 232 yards and three touchdowns. If Smith had thrown and completed one more pass, he would have qualified for the NFL record for completion percentage in a single game. The official record was set in 2009 by Arizona’s former quarterback Kurt Warner when he completed 24 of 26 passes for 243 yards.
After the game Smith told ESPN’s Lisa Salters “The guys did a great job outside all night, making me look good. Guys protected up front. We got off to a good start, and penalties kind of hurt us in the first half, but it came together in the second quarter and the third quarter as well.” He added “It was just one of those nights. There’s no magic to it — just going out an executing and making good decisions.” Couldn’t agree more with that statement.
Wide receiver Randy Moss showed flashes of his old self when he caught a short pass from Smith, juked several Arizona defenders, and scored a 47-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The score gave Moss his 18th touchdown in 19 Monday Night Football games.
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