The San Francisco 49ers lost another game on the road—this time 20-17 at Seattle, on kicker Olindo Mare's 30-yard field goal at the gun—as is their wont, and the defeat, coupled with Arizona's surprisingly easy humiliation of the Vikings later in the evening just about assured that they will spend another season watching the playoffs rather than participating in them. However, while most fans and even columnists are doom-and-gloom and fatalistic about the team, and, while yesterday's loss might feel like the most bitter one yet, this too shall pass. Speaking of passing, quarterback Alex Smith's seemingly overnight transformation from ginormous bust to top-15 NFL starter is not just the team's biggest reason for optimism going forward, but also one of the league's most unn ...
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