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LaMichael James Brings Speed To San Francisco's Backfield

What’s up sports fans? Well I owe my readers another apology. I haven’t been writing lately, and they probably want to know why. Well as you probably know I don’t get paid to put together my blogs. So I do have to work for a living. But I do enjoy putting together a good sports piece, especially when they’re juicy. With everything that’s been going on trust me, I’ve got plenty to write about. What with The Sharks bowing out in the first round, Warriors appearing to tank their season to get the first round pick, and Aubrey Huff having anxiety issues with the Giants, all of which are juicy pieces to write about.

But, today nothing is more juicier right now than this piece. As you NFL aficionados may have already been drooling over the NFL Draft selections, you may have found out that San Francisco picked up LaMichael James at running back in the fourth round. Yes that same LaMichael James that ran for almost 7,000 yards in his career and last year continued to be a pivotal opponent against the Stanford Cardinal, handing Stanford two losses last season against the Oregon Ducks. Now I don’t know about you but when you look at the fact that San Francisco picked up former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, and Wide receiver Mario Manninham, who both have Superbowl rings. Not to mention they got Randy Moss if they need him.

It starts to make you think, hmm…  Do you kind of seeing where I’m going with this? It starts to make you wonder if the Niners are stock piling a arsenal to battle next season for NFC tile. I have to admit as far as the Niners got last season I’m sure a lot of players want to play here in the Bay Area now. But let’s get serious here for a moment.  This is also happening not just because of  good drafting, it’s because Jed York the Owner of the Niners is doing something he knows he has to do. See Jed, along with the Niner organization, have made serious concessions to bring a brand new 49er stadium to the city of Santa Clara, and if you do that your franchise needs to win ball games.

It’s one thing to lobby for something with a hefty bill, but if you do that and your franchise isn’t winning, your public won’t listen to you, and you give the critics all the ammunition they need to say no to the hefty bill your asking people to help pay for. So are the Niners gearing up to capture the NFC title? Sure, why not? They have to do it anyway. And besides with the title in hand it sends a message to the buying public of the new stadium, and the critics that building a new stadium in Santa Clara was a fantastic idea. “Look, were winning”. We Niners fans won’t argue that point. But I’m still trying to understand how they got LaMichael James. His career stats alone prove that any team in their right mind would’ve wanted this guy.

I understand it’s all part of the drafting system. I just thought he would’ve ended up in St. Louis or even Seattle. Afterall Seattle and Oregon or more geographically situated than down here in San Francisco. Well, on any rate we get LaMichael James speed here in the Bay Area. And are we happy? Yeah, we are. Go San Francisco !!! Do you think LaMichael James can make an impact right away or do you think it’s going to have to take some time for him to adjust to Harbaugh’s system. I want to hear from you. Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Believe It Or Not. Without Alex Smith San Francisco Will Be Starting All Over Again.

Believe It Or Not. Without Alex Smith San Francisco Will Be Starting All Over Again.

Good evening sports fans. I’m putting this piece together because I’m hoping that San Francisco doesn’t do what Peter Guber & Joe Lacob did. I know what you thinking, why am I still on the Monta Ellis trade thing? Because I’m a die hard Warriors fan and we Warriors fans know this is going to come back to haunt us later. I’m also a San Francisco 49er fan. I don’t want that to happen to me again, but it is looking that way. Alex Smith rejected  a 3 year $24,000.000 contract from Jed York and the Niner franchise. When he said no to that offer, he made his options of free agency apparent. What’s worse is because Peyton Manning is on the market, the Niners are also taking a look at Manning, along with Denver and Miami.

I was at a local haircut shop in San Mateo called Headlinerz, where I frequent there getting my hair cut. I must say they have some talented young hair cutters down there. Made me look half my age. While I was there some of the younger Niners fans were playing up the possibility of Peyton Manning starting for San Francisco. If they think signing Peyton Manning is going to get San Francisco to the Superbowl, they need to know a thing or two about the NFL. First of all to put together a winning franchise you have to invest time in the league first. It doesn’t happen simply because one player is playing on a team. Second, even if you have a decent core of players they have to do four things. 1. Play well together using the teams system, 2. As a team respect the leadership in the coaching staff and fellow players, 3. Know your competition, 4. Be better than your competition as a team.

I know a lot of young 49er fans want to see a big name franchise player like Peyton Manning taking snaps for San Francisco, but if  he did, it would still take time for Manning, who hasn’t played in two seasons to get used to Harbaugh’s system. Not to mention he’d also would be taking the risk of being hurt again. If I’m Jed York I would do whatever it takes to bring Alex Smith back and re-sign him in a hurry.  Let’s face it with Smith there’s no guess work. You have your quarterback who knows the system. You have a quarterback who respects his leadership of his coaching staff and his fellow players. Alex Smith knows his competition in the NFC West, you win your division you have a better chance of getting to the Superbowl. After last season there’s no question that as a team San Francisco was better than it’s competition in their division and even better against most of their east coast competition. Jed York, I hope your reading this, stay with what works.

Alex Smith is right now the best choice for San Francisco. It’s good for the Niners. It’s good for Alex Smith, and it’s good for the NFC West. When you take a good look at Mr. Smith, people talk about the turmoil he dealt with in his first five seasons with the Niners. It was turmoil. He had to endure 5, count them, 5 different offensive coordinators. So while Jed York & CO. were trying to figure out who was going to draw up plays for Smith, Smith meanwhile was running for his life and trying to do the best he could for the Niner offense. As everyone saw it was a disaster. But Alex didn’t quit. He could’ve hung up his hat and said, “That’s it. I’ve had it, I’m leaving to go play someone where else.” But he didn’t. He hung in there and patiently waited for the powers that be, namely Jed York to put together a system that he could really use. Once that was done Alex Smith started to be the quarterback every Niner fan had been waiting for in the last five seasons.

Now he’s  here, and with everything that’s happened it’s a no-brainer. I hope you get the common sense memo on this one Mr. York. Sign Alex Smith. He’s the obvious choice. Mr. York the Superbowl is in you hands, let Mr. Smith finish what he started. You bring Peyton Manning, Eli Manning or any other quarterback your going to ruin what we 49er fams have been waiting for for a long time, and that is to bring back 49er excellence. Does Alex deserved to be the next starting quarterback, or Peyton Manning? Tell me what you think. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Giants Celebrate Overtime Win Over San Francisco In The 2012 NFC Title Game

 

What’s up sports fans? Well we kind of new it could go this way. A way that showed the measuring line of two teams. For the Giants a team of experience and mental stability during a difficult position in a contest. For the 49ers a team with great potential but not experienced enough to get to the big stage. The 49ers don’t have to feel bad about anything. They came to this contest with their game face on, and it showed because even though New York won the game they didn’t run away with the win. They got the win on mistakes. Before the mistakes it was still anybody’s game. Even Tom Coughlin had that look of uncertainty. People will want to get upset at Kyle Williams for making a couple of miscues during crucial moments of the game, but really you can’t totally fault the guy.

What Niner fans won’t and can’t except about the game is it’s history during games like this. You have to credit the N.Y. Giants because they had something the Niners didn’t have in a situation like this, and that is experience. The history of the NFL in championship games is that the team who makes the most crucial mistakes is the team that ends up on the losing end of the contest. I know it’s hard. It was hard for me. I’m a die hard Niner fan, and as much as I wanted to see them advance to one of the greatest accomplishments in ten years, it just wasn’t going to happen that way. Why? Because San Francisco wasn’t experienced enough to be in the Superbowl. Look at what you had in this game. You had the New York Giants a Superbowl team with a Superbowl championship coach. The Giants had Eli Manning, who is experienced when it comes to playing in a NFC championship games.

 

The Giants had more experienced players on their team than ours. They still had more than 45% of their players from that championship team just a few years ago. On the other side we have the 49ers. A team that had been stepped on for over ten years. A team that needed to send a message to the league that this isn’t the same team you beat three years ago. A team that had to silence it’s nay sayers. They are a team with a rookie head coach in Jim Harbaugh, which when he took the helm at San Francisco many questioned if he knew what he was getting himself into. They had Alex Smith who really the whole league totally wrote off as an NFL quarterback. Vernon Davis and Frank Gore who were still trying to put together winning seasons, only to come up short once their seasons was done. But by the time Harbaugh & Co. got done the league realized they had to take them seriously. Because the team that everyone in the NFL wanted to laugh at was finding them hard to beat.

The Niners put up a 14-4 record for the 2011-2012 season. They have every reason to be proud of themselves. Even Eli Manning stated, “They gave us all they had, and we came up with the win. I’m just glad our guys hung in there. This was a game that could’ve went either way.” Not a bad contest by San Francisco to push the former NFC champions to overtime. Also what is notable is that the Niners are a team that was 6-10 last season. To go from 6-10 to 14-4 is highly unlikely in the NFL. What Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff did in the 2011 season is anything short of a miracle. We shouldn’t scrutinize Kyle Williams for his mistakes we should give him a pat on the back for a great season. Even though he made some mistakes, we true Niners fans know this season is no different than any other season, it isn’t perfect.

To Kyle and the rest of the San Francisco Big Red Machine, we want to let you know, thank you for this season and we’ll be rooting you on next season.The Giants had time and experience on their side. We at San Francisco are just getting started. Best believe we’ll be just as competitive next season as we were this season. Give me your take on next season. E-mail me or leave a comment. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Alex Smith Celebrates After Running For A Touchdown

Alex Smith Celebrates After Running For A Touchdown

What’s up sports fans? I guess this game was a game of answers. Because even though the Niners closed out the season with a 19 – 17 win over St. Louis, there were still questions over whether or not San Francisco would last in the playoffs, and if Alex Smith would move to the next level amongst the quarterback leaders in the NFL  Everyone in the NFL knew what the Saints could do. The question was if San Francisco could perform at playoff level on the bigger stage. Instead of New Orleans running through the Niners defense with their high flying offense. It was the Niners who scored first and actually was leading 17 – 0 just out of the first quarter. Both scores came on Drew Brees miscues and the Saints turning the ball over.

After this game I have to say that Alex Smith is my favorite 49er. I know a lot of you will say well Richard your just saying that now because they’re winning. The truth is, I thought he was my favorite after the first 4 games of the season. Simply because you have to like a guy like Alex. He endured a very tough road with this franchise. When he was losing I was like most people ready to throw him underneath the bus. I didn’t realize the complexity of his situation. The fact that the guy went through 7 offensive coordinators. It hard to be successful when you have that many people over time calling play and mixing things up so much that you can’t figure out your offense. He endured that and didn’t quit. He stayed with this franchise and continued to go out everyday practice and learn and develop. Same goes to Vernon Davis. He also was with Alex through that time and continued to persevere.

San Francisco has without a shadow of a doubt proven to sports spectators that not only do they belong in playoffs, but they are a serious contender for the Superbowl. Anytime you have a team come up with a win the way they did against a scoring machine like Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, if I’m the other two teams in the NFC right now I wouldn’t take these guy from the Bay Area lightly. The Saints did and look at what happened. The Niners didn’t run away with this one, but the team that was favored to win lost! That too me says that this season is anybody’s season right now. Vernon Davis had almost 200 yards receiving, and two touchdowns. He had a big day with one of those receptions being the game winning touchdown with just 13 seconds left in the game. After the catch Vernon ran over to the 49ers bench in tears. Why in tear you may ask? Consider where Vernon Davis was when he came to this franchise. Consider that he and Alex Smith along with Frank Gore were called the laughing stock team in the lowly NFC West division.

They were told for ten long years, ” The Phony Whiners. You don’t have what it takes to compete in this league, let alone the NFC West.” Tell that to the New Orleans Saints. They’re not thinking that now. This game was emotional from the start, a real roller coaster ride. And now Vernon can get emotional. He has every reason to be. He and the 49ers have earned their right to compete for the NFC title. Alex Smith finished with 24 of 42 for 299 yards passing, he threw three touchdowns and he ran for a 28 yard touchdown, that threw New Orleans defense off because they didn’t see it coming. Alex Smith was providing the offensive leadership this team wanted to see from him in a long time. When the game was on the line he delivered. If your like me a Niner fan, you should be proud of  San Francisco. Even if they don’t win it all this year, we as Niner fans have been given a lot to celebrate this year, from the team by the Bay.

They’ve worked hard, endured the tough seasons but we got something to celebrate because of guys like Alex Smith, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Justin Smith, Dashon Goldson, Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, Delanie Walker, Michael Crabbtree, Isaac Sopoaga, Parys Haralson, David Akers, Andy Lee, Adam Snyder, Aldon Smith, Kendell Hunter, Moran Norris,  Bruce Miller, Carlos Rogers, Ray McDonald, Donte Whitner, Tarell Brown, Ricky Jean Francios, Mike Iupatti, Navarro Bowman, Larry Grant, Ted Ginn Jr., Demarcus Dobbs, Chris Culliver, Anthony Dixon, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Davis, Collin Kaepernick, Ahmad Brooks, Blake Constanza, Tramaine Brock, Chilo Rachal, Jonathan Goodwin, Justin Peele, Joe Hastings, Frank Kilgore, CJ Spillman, Scott Tolzien, Shawntae Spencer, Ian Williams, and none of these NFL players would be able to accomplish what they’ve done this year without Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff.

I also wanted to add that Justin Smith is a Beast!! Can you read this? A BEAST!!! On one play I saw him single handed push the Saints offensive lineman all the way back into Drew Brees, reach over the lineman, and pull down Brees that almost resulted in a sack. The guy is a one man wrecking crew. Our Boys by the Bay deserve a big pat on the back for redeeming in the Bay Area.  So thank you San Francisco 49ers, we appreciate your hard work, perseverence and tenacity on the playing field. But they have another opponent to contend with. Will it be the New York Giants or the Green Bay Packers? And regardless of who it is, can the 49ers get the NFC title game? What’s your take on the playoffs? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? Did you have an interesting weekend? You probably did with the holidays being here and all. My weekend was the same as any other day. Reason why is because I don’t celebrate holidays. Now I know what your thinking is, “How could he not celebrate holidays?” Well the reason why is because it’s against my faith and I’ve been this way all my life. In any event every year it’s the same. People running around trying to get the special gift for that special someone. Well it appears that Jed York the owner of the 49ers got his gift. The San Francisco 49ers are, yes I know even I can’t believe I’m writing this but here it is. You ready? San Francisco is 12-3 ladies and gentlemen. Can you believe it!! 12-3!!! I’m using so many exclamation points because we Niner fans know what last year was like under than head coach Mike Singletary.

We struggled. We couldn’t wear our Niner gear in style or pride. Now we are the envy of most teams in the NFL. Not to mention we at allbayareasports.com have just learn that we have eight, count em,  eight players going to the Pro Bowl. San Francisco was behind in this one, down 10 – 3, when Frank Gore ran for a touchdown to even the score. Seahawks did make it interesting though. They relied on the running of their latest runningback  stand out, Marshawn Lynch. He’s called “The Beast” in Seattle. Seattle utilized him to get the first rushing touchdown against the Niners defense this season. Lynch also finished with over a hundred yards rushing at 107. Head coach Jim Harbaugh had the pulse of the game. “I thought it was, like I said, a real good preview for what the playoffs are going to be like,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Overcoming adversity. Nobody flinched. We had some real difficult situations, you know, some real pressure-to-perform situations, and our guys performed.”

The 49ers ability to overcome adversity will be the key in the playoffs. What was also significant was that 49er field goal kicker David Akers set another NFL record for field goals with 4 on the day. He now holds the most in the league surpassing Niel Rackers at 42. There was no question that San Francisco’s defense would be tested in this game as the two games before this one, with Patrick Willis still out with injured hamstring. They’ve been resourceful in finding suitable replacements with their starters. Exclusively in utilizing players like Larry Grant who has been a exceptional linebacker to fill in for Willis. He was able to make impact in this game by forcing a fumble and a turnover on Seattle’s Tarvaris Jackson which gave them good field position and the ability to score.  “He doesn’t tuck it at all, he keeps it loose and keeps his eyes downfield,” Grant said. “Knowing he does that, when you’re coming from behind the first thought is you’ve got to rake for the ball.”

Michael Crabbtree had a sensational game with 5 catches for 85 yards, one of them was deep route thrown by Alex Smith for 41 yards.  It’s really the performance we Niner fans would like to see from him because we know he’s that talented. Alex Smith finished with 14 of 26 for 179 yards passing. Both runningbacks scored touchdowns. Frank Gore scored on a 4 yard run in the end zone, and Marshawn also ran the ball in for Seattle’s score. This is the first time San Francisco beat Seattle in Seattle since 2008. The Niners did have one flub and it came when Seattle’s Heath Farwell blocked an Andy Lee punt which set up Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown. As I said Seattle did keep it interesting when Tarvaris Jackson hit Doug Baldwin on a 13 yard pass to put Seattle ahead in the first quarter. He also feels very strongly about Lynch going to the Probowl. “If Marshawn Lynch isn’t in the Pro Bowl, there is something wrong with the voting system. Plain and simple, he’s proved it week in and week out.”

The Niners David Akers missed his first field goal try from 52 yards in the first quarter, and then the San Francisco 49ers let his boot do the talking. Akers hit from 53, 29,  and 44 yards. Davids Akers rewrote the NFL history book with his boot. “All our players and coaches, everybody is really happy for David’s success,” Harbaugh said. “Another great effort by him today.” All San Francisco has to do now is beat the Rams and they will have the coveted No. 2 seed going into the playoffs. Once again you have to credit San Francisco’s defense. They held Seattle to just 72 yards in the second half. The 49ers  coaching staff was so elated that as the game was ending they ran through the press box saying, “Merry Christmas everybody,” as Smith took a knee to drain the final seconds. San Francisco believes they’re in the drivers seat. What do you think? Can they get the No. 2 seed ? Or will it be another up hill battle? Tell what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


 

 

What’s up sports fans? Interesting week, but slightly weird. The Niner’s had a game with big questions. There was speculation all week on how San Francisco would respond to teams with high grade and tenacious defense. The reason why is because of what happened to them the last couple of weeks. Then there was the overwhelming question of what happens to San Francisco when they are in that desolate difficult place, the red zone. How they can’t seem to get touchdowns when they are in that area. It showed in the game against Baltimore, and it showed against Arizona. No matter how revamped the Niner’s are this year, sports analysts are still questioning their ability to beat a heavy playoff contender.

Which is a little weird. I mean you’d think that with the season they are having, playing with the big boys or playoff contenders, they would be as competitive as teams like New Orleans, Dallas, Baltimore, New England and the grand daddy of them all the Green Bay Packers. So if you’re a Niner fan like me, your probably are a little worried about our chances in the playoffs. Which is weird. In comes big bad Pittsburgh, with it’s big bad defense. Like the Niner’s season the game started off weird. There was a power outage, which caused a two and half minute game delay.  Now I don’t know about you, but if I’m a Steeler’s fan with my terrible towel at Candlestick Park, which would be foreign territory for me,  and the lights go out, I’d be thinking this is weird.

What is also weird is that this is  a game that James Harrison linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers was receiving his one game suspension punishment for a helmet to helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.  When the lights went out a second time during the game James Harrison tweeted on twitter, “If I don’t play no one plays. Lights out!” At this point your probably agreeing with me that this game is weird. As weird as it was I’m sure everyone at the game and who saw it on television nationally will all agree, whatever prevention the league sees in getting San Francisco’s stadium completed, they need to move forward on it immediately. “I just feel like San Francisco took a big step to show the NFL and to show the state of California that they need a new stadium,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark  said. “I think it was a very strategic move, and Candlestick may be no more.”

See what I mean, weird. San Francisco ultimately quieted the nay sayer’s by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a night where Ben Roethlisberger was throwing passes in the dark, literally. Which would explain why in his first two offensive series he threw interceptions into the 49ers secondary. Both power outages caused no play time for 35 minutes. So if you recorded the game and you didn’t see all of it, the time delay from the outages is to blame. “I think we showed the world we can play the game of football on a national stage,” Davis said. “At the end of the day that’s what it’s all about: respect.” It was a defensive struggle the entire game. And you know it is when the runningbacks are held to under a hundred yards rushing. Frank Gore finished with 65 for San Francisco, and Rashard Mendenhall finished with 64 yards for the Steelers. Another key note is that David Akers surpassed Jerry Rice for the most points in franchise history with his 38 yard field which gave the Niners a 6 – 0 lead in the first half.

Despite Roethlisbeger’s injury to foot and a few mistakes his numbers weren’t that bad under the circumstances. He finished 25 – 44 for 330 yards, but of course he was sacked three times and picked off twice. You have to credit the Niner’s defense in this one, and coach Jim Harbaugh for respecting Pittsburgh.  “I also want to recognize our defense,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “NFL record for not allowing a rushing touchdown in 14 games. I think that is huge.” Huge is an understatement. Credit to Aldon Smith who kept pressure on Roethlisberger with 2.5 sacks. Alex Smith was 18 of 37 for 187 yards and threw a touchdown. The Niners are showing a season of not flash and style, but they have showed good hard nosed football. Because of that regardless of what they do in the playoffs, we Niners fans shouldn’t be upset if they don’t fair as well as some of the other top tier teams in the league.

After all those teams had more time to become who they’ve become, were just getting started. You’d have to be happy, man, what a beginning. What Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers have done this season alone is all but short of a miracle season. When Jed York hired Jim Harbaugh he was hoping he could help them turn this team around and help the Niner’s become a competitive football franchise like the days of old. What he got was the answer to this football question, and that is, are the San Francisco 49ers a formidable franchise in the NFL? The 20 – 3 win over Pittsburgh last night in the dark says it all. The Niners got Seattle on the 24th. Think they can get the win or will they fall short? What’s your take on that game? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Ted Ginn Jr. Scores In Victory Over Washington

 

 

What’s up sports fans? I can’t believe I have the privilege to write that the Niners are 7-1, and it doesn’t appear that any of the teams in the NFC West are going to catch them. Here’s a sarcastic question, Do you think signing former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh was a good idea? Hey, the Niners record speaks for it’s self. There is no question, sarcastic or otherwise, that would make anyone doubt having Jim Harbaugh as a head coach for the 49er organization, was the best decision the franchise has made in the last 7 seasons. What was interesting in this game is San Francisco’s stingy defense continues to act like Ebenezer Scrooge on the playing field.

Sports aficionados will talk about Patrick Willis with good reason, he’s arguably the best linebacker in the NFL. But because of intrigue of this game I wanted to talk about Carlos Rodgers. There are two reasons why. First is the fact that it was just three seasons ago, that the Niners pass defense was giving up to many deep pass touchdowns. That stopped with the acquisition of Carlos Rodgers. Second let’s consider the fact that Carlos Rodgers spent six seasons with the Washington Redskins before he went as a free agent and came to San Francisco. The Niners pass defense has been exquisite, not to mention they have held opponents this season to an average of 20 points a game. Which in my opinion way beyond the curve if you have to grade their defenses performance three seasons ago versus now. And you have to credit Carlos Rodgers, Navarro Bowman, stand out rookie Aldon Smith and of course Patrick Willis.

But for Rodgers this game was more significant because of the history between him and the Redskin organization. “I would love to do something spectacular against this team, but I’ll take the win any day if I didn’t make a play,” said Rogers. “Them guys just hated for me to have the win. I know they wanted to come in, talk about what they was going to do, kind of make it about Carlos, ‘Let’s beat Carlos.’ But they had to play the 49ers, and we’re a team.” Really that’s what the game is all about, teams playing in unison. That’s what wins games. Rodgers has finally found a franchise that’s doing that playing together, which would explain the Niners 7-1 record. Frank Gore had another record playing day, “To all the guys who have been here for a while, through all the struggles, we’re all happy right now,” said Frank Gore, who set a club record with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game.

Yet another productive day for Alex Smith, who went 17-24  for 200 yards passing and a touchdown which is an opposite to us Niners fans who remember the days of him struggling to get things done. He’s definitely more seasoned now. When you think about it he’s more experienced, he sees things out there that he recognizes makes adjustments, and he produces. Smith has only thrown two interceptions this year. His observance skills have improved dramatically. The Niners also took advantage of the fact that Washington was without some key people that make plays for them. Guys like receiver Santana Moss, running back Tim Hightower, and Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley. Smith was able to capitalize by hitting rookie fullback Bruce Miller for a score. The Redskins did score on a skins record 59 yard field goal from Graham Gano. Then Washington only score in the second half was on a touchdown pass to Jabbar Gaffney.

Gaffney hasn’t been excited about Washington’s output on offense. “If we come out and get some points on the board early, maybe the game would be different,” Gaffney said. “But these last four games, we’ve fallen behind in all of them and, it’s like, as soon as the other team scores, it’s not the same feeling on the sideline. People aren’t looking the same, aren’t playing the same.” The Niners stay atop the NFC West and are looking to stay competitive as the playoffs draw near. Think they can get the NFC Championship? Or will sink in the first round? What’s your take on thier season? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORT.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!