Sunday's effort against the Los Angeles Rams was forgettable from the Washington Football Team. The Burgundy and Gold mustered just over 100 yards of total offense and were blown out in their home stadium in the rain.
But Sunday will also go down as a day Alex Smith never forgets. The 36-year-old quarterback replaced an injured Kyle Allen in the second quarter, marking the first time Smith has played in an NFL game since suffering a gruesome leg injury in November 2018.
Smith's comeback story is so remarkable it feels as if it came from a Hollywood script. Yet, it wasn't all roses when he returned to action. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Smith took the field in front of a couple hundred people, rather than the 80,000 that normally spend their Sundays in the fall at FedExField.
However, Smith's wife, Elizabeth, and his three kids were in attendance to see his return, something the quarterback said he appreciated a lot.
"I did get to see my family. It was nice," Smith said. "Obviously, it worked out with the sense that they let family into this game. I appreciated them being there and I know my wife felt better about things being here. Certainly very cool to have my kids out there. In that sense, it was obviously great."
Alex Smith's wife, Elizabeth, looking on as Alex warms up ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pq9Bn3zDWX— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 11, 2020
For Washington's first two home games, no fans were allowed. But earlier this week, the team announced that some family and friends of Washington players would be permitted to attend Sunday's game.
The quarterback was happy he was able to share this remarkable step in his comeback with his family. However, he was not satisfied with his play at all.
"You're out there to go play a game and go play well," Smith said. "Certainly, it was tough for most of the second half to get anything going."
Smith finished Sunday's contest completing 9-of-17 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Washington's offensive line failed to protect him for much of the afternoon, as Smith was sacked six times in his return to action.