It is hard to believe there were any Troy Smith doubters left after his first two throws yesterday. He threw early an often, the result of a brilliant game plan by offensive coordinator Mike Johnson.
The 49ers had been predictable all season on offense, and with the coaching staff telling the Ram's defense to just follow Mike Iupati, well, this time Johnson and Smith made them pay.
The game was well planned, Smith played brilliantly and effectively by utilizing all those weapons we have been hearing about all season, but not always seeing.
It seemed like the game could turn into a route, however after a drive stalled at the three and the team had to settle for a field goal, the game stayed close, and even looked like it was getting away from the 'Niners early in the fourth quarter.
But this time a 49ers quarterback named Smith came through in the clutch and a 49ers defense made stop after stop. They did of course allow the game tying filed goal towards the end of the fourth quarter, but in the end they got the job done.
But let's not break out the party hats and horns just yet and declare the team playoff bound.
14 penalties for 105 yards.
When you see that stat line you have to wonder how this team won in spite of itself. Those penalties cost the team an interception by Nate Clements that would have had them inside the Rams 10-yard line. Of course you have to wonder if Rams quarterback Sam Bradford makes that through if he didn't see Ahmad Brooks jump off-sides.
It also cost them three, yes I said three, touchdowns!
But Smith just kept coming back and in the end pulled it out.
They were aided by the Rams 12 penalties for 135 yards as well, but most importantly, for the second week in a row they committed no turnovers.
"They have been addressed... we still have some things to work on."—Head Coach Mike Singletary
Perhaps converting some third downs before overtime should be on the list as well (and that one was by penalty).