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Lions vs. 49ers: Alex Smith's Chance to Be Seen as an Elite Quarterback

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass during the NFL season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2012

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has a chance to prove the haters wrong with another phenomenal performance this Sunday night against the Detroit Lions

Smith led an impressive 49ers offense in Week 1 that dominated same Green Bay Packers defense—the same unit that swarmed Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football to the tune of seven sacks and four interceptions.  (via

Now, the 49ers are preparing to host the Lions for an ESPN Sunday Night Football showdow—another huge test on national television—with the nation watching every snap. 

Smith never gets the proper credit he deserves in the national media. The perception about him seems to be that he's barely capable of leading an offense—that the defense and running game are what really gets things done for the 49ers. 

A quick study of history begs to differ with that notion, but haters hate regardless of the facts. 

In last week's game against the Packers, Smith broke a franchise record for the most pass attempts (185) without an interception.

From the 49ers:

Alex Smith led the #49ers to victory and broke a franchise record held by HOF QB Steve Young in the process.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 10, 2012


Additionally, since December 12, 2010, Smith has completed 354-of-571 for 4,171 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer rating of 93.81. During this current 21-game stretch, Smith's record as a starting quarterback is 16-5 and he's led the 49ers to six come-from-behind wins in the fourth quarter.

This Sunday's game against Matthew Stafford is another chance for Smith to show the rest of the nation what real 49ers fans already know: he's an elite quarterback with legitimate passing skills and an indomitable will. 

Smith and the 49ers will once again prove to themselves, their fans and the rest of the nation this Sunday night that last year was by no means a fluke and that last week's dominant victory over the Packers was but a foreshadowing of greater things to come. 


We move on with humble hearts. We work gotta work because that's what we believe in (h/t

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