If Alex Smith is going to play this efficiently all season, there aren't going to be many doubters that the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through San Francisco.
With the Packers, Giants and Saints losing on Sunday, the 49ers were the only NFC "final four" team to win on Sunday.
Make no mistake about it, the 49ers are led by a ferocious defense first and foremost, but Smith does what is asked of him and does it very well.
On Sunday, the 49ers opened up a 16-7 halftime lead at Green Bay. The lone first-half touchdown for the Niners was the result of a methodical 92-yard drive that took 5:10 off the clock.
That drive, capped by Randy Moss' first touchdown as a 49er, was Smith at his best.
Given the lead to start the second half, Smith got even better.
Smith had just one incomplete pass the entire second half (a deep shot he took with Vernon Davis in the third quarter) and didn't just manage the game, he helped to win it.
He led the 49ers on another long touchdown drive in the third quarter and helped salt away the time as the Packers mounted a ferocious late comeback.
Smith is never going to have the best stat line as far as yardage or touchdowns, but he needs to start getting credit for being the quarterback of a winning team.
He finished by completing 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. His 76.9 completion percentage was the best in the NFL this weekend.