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Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 1:12 a.m. MST

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Let us be absolutely clear. If Alex Smith had been the quarterback, the 49ers would be celebrating a Super Bowl victory right now. His ability to throw accurate passes was sorely missed. Indeed, the lack of accurate passing in the first half allowed the Ravens to build an insurmountable lead that proved too big to overcome.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ JCS

That's all speculation. If Mr. Smith was the absolute answer he would have been playing.

You forget about SF's turn-overs in the first half? Maybe that had something to do with it, possibly.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Ya, and I can see Alex Smith running one in from 20 yards out.

Kaepernick got the 49ers to the Super Bowl - not sure Smith could have done the same. Unfortunate for the 49ers there was a terrible bad no call at the end of the end that cost the game.

Sentinel
Ogden, UT

Great game and championship for the Baltimore Ravens.

And, so sad that championships are not built on "ifs".

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

John,

The guys calling the game seemed to agree with your opinion as well, as do I. Karma caught up to Jim Harbaugh tonight ... no loyalty whatsoever. My prediction and the same prediction of many others came true today ... Kaepernick is super talented and may end up a super star, but he is young and was prone to mistakes. Those early mistakes and jitters were the most glaring things that cost the 49ers today. I just don't think Alex makes the same mistakes and would've managed a better overall game. We'll never know for sure, but we do know this, Kaepernick didn't get the job done and Harbaugh should be thinking back to whether this was the year to make the switch he made.
Bottom line, congrats to the Ravens ... particularly Paul Kruger, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, David Reed, Haloti Ngata and Dennis Pitta. And I'm glad the better and classier coach won.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

toosmartforyou

"That's all speculation. If Mr. Smith was the absolute answer he would have been playing.
You forget about SF's turn-overs in the first half? Maybe that had something to do with it, possibly."

Apparently you forgot that one of those turnovers was a horrific pass by Kaepernick. HORRIFIC.

islandboy
Honolulu, HI

Alex Smith starting for SF = 49er victory? Nope, don't think so. Ravens Rule!

32843
PROVO, UT

@toosmartforyou

Yes, turnovers cost the 9er's. Have you forgotten that one of those turnovers was off a poorly thrown ball which was easily intercepted? That turnover resulted in a score for the Ravens. I tend to agree with John Charity Spring, it's likely the 9er's would have won this game if Smith had been playing. But, only twit like Jim Harbaugh would replace a QB that took them to the championship game last year and had a brilliant season going until he got hurt.

I'm no way a Alex Smith fan. He is, after all, a product of the UoU. But, one thing I hate more than that is the mercenary attitude the 49er's coach displayed and the shabby treatment he laid on Smith. I was against the 49er's only because I didn't want such a jerk like Harbaugh getting a super bowl championship on his resume. People like him, people with a win at all costs attitude, are a horrible example to hold up to our children. I was happy to see Colin K have a mediocre game and contribute to the Ravens winning this years Super Bowl.

GoodGuyGary
Houston, TX

So many Alex Smith fans here. But the fact is, he didn't play, whatever you guys want to say, 49ers and Alex Smith lost, end of discussion.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

When Alex got injured, Jim went with the hot hand.

No problem...Alex received the same benefit when Brett was injured.

However...

When David failed to get the kicking job done, Jim brought in a person to compete for the kicking job.

Since Jim failed to get the job done for the second consecutive year, Jim should understand and the 9'ers ownership should bring in a Head Coach to compete for Jims' job.

What goes around should come around...

What's good enough for the players should be good enough for the coaches.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tom in CA

"Ya, and I can see Alex Smith running one in from 20 yards out." - Apparently you missed a lot of Alex's games the past two years where he has shown that he too can run the football a little. His run for a touchdown against the Saints in last year's playoffs was awesome.

"Unfortunate for the 49ers there was a terrible bad no call at the end of the end that cost the game." - Sorry but just as the announcers said, that was a great no-call. The defender grabbed at the receiver when the receiver started attempting to create space. Had the receiver done nothing then it would've been right to throw the flag ... but that was absolutely not the case and the refs were right to let the players decide the game. GREAT no-call.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you Brendon Ayanbadejo. Enjoy your success, and thank you for your support.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@utah "fans"

Yea if alex smith had played there is no way the 49ers defense would have given up all of those points. Great insight by you guys. LOL!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

kaepernick made several throws, completions, that alex smith couldn't have made on his best day. There was one to davis in particular that smith never could have made and the 49ers finished that drive with a score. To think that playing the vastly inferior smith, instead of the vastly superior kaepernick, would have lead to a 49ers win is ridiculous. As I said the 49ers still give up 34 points whjether smith plays or kaepernick and several of the runs and passes kaepe3rnick made simth is completely incapable of making. If smith starts that game it is never even close, ravens win in a blowout.

joseywales
Park City, UT

Speculation on both sides. Fact is no one will ever know. I believe that Smith makes a few of the throws that Kap floated. I mentioned on another post that Colin has no touch. Something many others have said as well. He likes to show off his arm strength, which is fine, except sometimes showing off, doesn't do it. The run that Kap had for the TD, I could have made as well, it was wide open, he did nothing extraordinary on that one. As pointed out already Smith isn't exactly a non issue as a running QB. He isn't as fast, but still runs as good as most NFL QB's. Different styles of player for sure, but Smith throws a better ball (not harder, better, more accurate) and is much smarter. Sometimes "game managers" are what you need. It would have come in handy tonight for sure.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Duckhunter,

Your logic is flawed. If Alex plays, chances are great he'd have had a higher completion percentage which means they move the chains more in the first half when Kaepernick was bumbling and stumbling. If that happens (as Alex's stats prove likely) then the Ravens don't get as many possessions which means less points.
And while you talk about the throws Kaepernick completed that Alex supposedly couldn't have, let's talk about the interception Kaepernick threw that Alex most certainly wouldn't have. That gift led to more of those Baltimore points as you may recall.
See how flawed your logic is? That's right, points aren't always 100% the fault of the defense.
Bottom line, Kaep is extremely talented and gifted but Alex is more calm, level-headed and steady. This game would've been less likely to have gotten out of hand had Alex's high completion percentage and low turnover ratio been a factor in the game.
You don't mess with a Super Bowl favorite mid-season, Harbaugh should've finished the year with Alex at the helm. I'd have loved there chances had he done so.

ImABeliever
Provo, UT

Can we not have better officials in the most important game of the year? I watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me sick to my stomach.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Correction ... I'd have loved THEIR chances ...
Fell victim to my own pet peeve.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

ImABeliever

"Can we not have better officials in the most important game of the year? I watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me sick to my stomach."

Wow, that's a serious stretch on all three of those. There's a little denial and bias going on in your comment there.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Colin is the future.
Smith is soft.

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