And that was, inexplicably, when all heck broke loose. Smith has been as big a bust as any player this decade -- he's been an afterthought for a long time -- but he went 15 of 22 for 204 yards and three -- yes, three! -- touchdowns in a near-comeback against the Texans, who were up 21-0 at the half. All three of Smith's touchdowns were to tight end Vernon Davis(notes), who's been a model citizen since Singletary kicked him off the field in his coaching debut last year. Crabtree brought in five passes for 56 yards in a debut that saw him playing far longer than most people expected. The 49ers were driving at the end of the game when Smith threw a pick on fourth-and-10 that ended any hope of a comeback.
Still, if there's a bigger "from out of nowhere" story than Alex Smith this year, I haven't seen it. Smith hadn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game since Nov. 12, 2007, in a 24-0 loss to the Seahawks. If you combine the touchdowns he threw for in 2005 and 2007, it would equal the three he had today. The shoulder injuries thought to be the end of his 49ers career (he missed the 2008 season with a broken bone in his right shoulder) were nowhere to be found.
Do the 49ers have a quarterback controversy? And is a 49ers quarterback controversy the NFL equivalent of a pillow fight? We can but wait and see...
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