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Steelers vs. 49ers: 5 Things We Learned from San Francisco's 20-3 Win
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After the game, in his press conference, Jim Harbaugh praised the play of Alex Smith. It should be said that the 49ers’ 20-3 win over Pittsburgh presented to the world the wonders of San Francisco’s football team, among them:

  • Very good pass defense
  • Refreshing success in the red zone
  • The magic that's Aldon Smith
  • And the return of Vernon Davis to the offensive gameplan

All of these were key reasons for the win (as was the gimpy right ankle of Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh quarterback). At one point after halftime, Smith was 11-for-23 for under 100 yards. And then he proceeded to hit five straight passes to lead the Niners on a key touchdown drive in the third quarter.

It was very good play, and it was crucial. But it doesn’t even come close to providing a foundation for this Harbaugh postgame comment:

“I think Alex Smith should go to the Pro Bowl.”

How could the man say that with a straight face? But that’s Harbaugh.

It shows how locked in Harbaugh is with this team. It's also a sign that he’s just a little loopy when it comes to all things Scarlet and Gold. Most likely he’s promoting his players full speed ahead despite the fact that Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees play in the NFC. And that means Alex Smith will have to buy a ticket to get to Honolulu.

That willingness to go all in for his players, though, says a lot about the mindset of the 49ers.

From that, here are five things we learned in the 20-3 win.

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