4:05 PM ET, December 12, 2010
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Alex Smith returns to the starting lineup as 49ers trounce Seahawks
SAN FRANCISCO -- Not only is Alex Smith playing for a job next season, he might be helping coach Mike Singletary save his.A switch of quarterbacks named Smith did wonders to keep San Francisco's hopes alive.Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in a triumphant return to the starting lineup following a five-game absence, and the 49ers improved their once-slim playoff chances with a 40-21 victory over the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
• San Francisco improved to 3-1 against NFC West opponents and have won four of their last five home games.
• Alex Smith matched his career high with three touchdown passes, all in the first half.
• Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted four times for the fourth time in his career, but third time in the last three seasons.
• San Francisco outscored Seattle 20-0 in the second quarter.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
49ers LB Travis LaBoy had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on one play for the 49ers in the second quarter. ... 49ers S Reggie Smith made his first career interception. ... San Francisco's defense hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 19 straight games, the second longest active streak behind Jets' 20.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.6||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||1-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||1|
|TD||12:41||Vernon Davis 42 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yds, 2:27
|TD||4:19||Ruvell Martin 11 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 52 yds, 3:47
|FG||0:03||Jeff Reed 33 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, 4:14
|FG||10:36||Jeff Reed 44 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 19 yds, 2:52
|TD||8:11||Josh Morgan 15 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yds, 0:55
|TD||2:00||Brian Westbrook 62 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 68 yds, 1:14
|FG||0:02||Jeff Reed 22 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:26
|TD||14:21||Dashon Goldson 39 Yard Interception Return (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 3 yds, 0:49
|FG||3:37||Jeff Reed 36 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 3:41
|TD||3:32||Leon Washington 92 Yard Kickoff Return (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 92 yds, 0:00
|TD||2:00||Deon Butler 2 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:11
Alex Smith went 8-10 with 2 touchdowns throwing between the right hash mark and the right painted numbers on Sunday for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
ESPN Stats & Information