Five That Made the Difference in San Francisco’s Upset Win
Staff writer Steve Fini looks back on five players who had an impact in yesterday’s 24-23 loss at the hands of the 49ers.
The Eagles followed one of their worst regular season losses in recent years with an even worse performance Sunday. Don’t expect a breakdown filled with gushing praise.
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Alex Smith (QB/49ers) – Another mistake prone quarterback that has a breakout game against the Eagles’ defense. Smith, who has been the downfall of the 49ers in recent years, comes up “big” against the Eagles’ trillion dollar defense.
Even though he took a beating, he never made the play that killed his team. He guided the 49ers to 21 unanswered points in the second half, including a game-winning drive in what may have been his most impressive start to date.
As Philadelphia Daily News football scribe Paul Domowitch noted, one-fifty-four of the 49ers’ 291 receiving yards were by tight ends and running backs–that’s smart, efficient play by a quarterback who knew his opponent’s weakness and took advantage of it. (For the season, Domowitch notes, the running backs and tight ends have 40 receptions for 478 yards, and six touchdowns.)
Michael Vick (QB/Eagles) – Over 400 yards passing, 75 yards rushing, and two touchdowns…and he doesn’t get the win. This was NOT Vick’s fault today. Despite a mounting list of injuries, Vick was very good on Sunday. He made plays when they needed to be made. When a team loses, it’s natural to blame the quarterback. And Vick has to take at least partial blame for conducting an offense that scored only three second half points. … [
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