Season Stats: 145/209, 1,659 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions
The San Francisco 49ers are in prime position to make another strong run at the Super Bowl. However, a lot of this depends on the play of quarterback Alex Smith. This season has been a series of up-and-down performances. Smith can't continue to play like this if the 49ers hope to reach their goal: winning the Super Bowl.
At this point, the biggest issue facing Smith is consistently making plays down the field. He's not getting the most out of playmakers like Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.
There have been several occasions where one of these players was open downfield, but Smith was unable to make the connection.
Opposing defenses know that the 49ers want to feature a run-heavy attack. This is why it's important for Smith to take advantage when teams stack the box.
Smith is playing average football, and that might not be enough for San Francisco to make a deep playoff run.