Originally Posted by Babylon
Basically Alex Smith would have got them there too.
No, Alex Smith, even at his best, is a glorified care-taker. The 49ers have looked like a completely different team under CK. His ability to fire the ball downfield with accuracy and zip have given a group of receivers a chance to make the best use of their athletic talents. Look at Michael Crabtree. Under Smith he looked like a plodding WR that couldn't gain separation, with CK as his QB he was repeatedly hit in stride and validates his high selection with his great hands and physical running after the catch. Under Smith he was an afterthought.
There is no chance Smith leads the team to a comeback against the Falcons and even less chance he rallies the team and nearly wins it against the Ravens. Smith was baffled and confounded by the Vikings earlier in the year, just imagine what the Ravens and Falcons would have done to him on the much larger stage.