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

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One more anonymous voice
West Jordan, UT

I'm just waiting for all the Ute fans to rise in righteous indignation over Ray Lewis's comments at the end of the game:
"When God is for you, who can be against you?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@motorbike

kaepernick extended several drives by running for 1st downs, at least 3-4 of them that I can think of. smith would not have been able to make any of those runs. kaepernick made several throws for 1st downs that smith could not make either. Your "logic" fails in that all you focus on are the points you think smith would have done better while ignoring the things smith would have done worse or could not have done at all.

In my opinion the BEST smith could have done would be a wash with what kaepernick did, that is at best. That still equates to a loss. Some of you utah "fans" delusional take on smith's abilities are pretty funny though. The truth is if SF did anything less than win the Superbowl you were all going to go on a "smith woulda won it" tirade. None of you made a single comment on the subject for the last 2 months while kaepernick carved up the NFL, but since SF did not win the Superbowl it is now because smith, the far less talented qb, didn't play. LOL!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@One more anonymous voice

They're to busy rising in "righteous indignation" over SF playing the vastly superior kaepernick over the vastly inferior smith to be worried about that. Plus they were all going for the ravens because of their "righteous indignation" over smith's benching so they actually agree with lewis. They all really think God smote harbaugh for his decision. You know the decision that actually lead to SF making it to the Superbowl instead of losing in the playoffs and not being able to make even one 1st down for the last 6 possetions of the NFC championship game. LOL!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

As a seahawk fan, I'm just glad the 49ers lost. Harbaugh is a schmuck; and for a lot more reasons then who he starts at QB. That's Karma, glad they lost!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@spokane ute

As a Rams fan I agree with you completely.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Smith would not have made a difference other than the 49ers would have lost by more. He does not have the talent. He has shown it in the past and will continue to show it in the future. You can like him all you want because he went to the u, but facts are facts and he is not that good. u tend to look at all the positive things he has done in the past which everyone does, but fail to look at all the negatives. Sorry, but you have to look at both and SF was correct in not starting him or even putting him in. All these armchair coach's make me laugh. The u is full of them.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Duckhunter,

Your only rebuttal was that I ignored CKaep's running. Yet I point you in the direction of the Super Bowl MVP - Joe Flacco. Flacco had less running yards AND less passing yards than CKaep, yet the Ravens won. There's also no saying that Alex couldn't have extended those same drives by simply completing more passes as he has proven to do in the past.

Secondly, CKaep's running didn't help the Niners in the first half when they had so many stalled 49er drives. Instead it was his inconsistent passing of the ball and a terrible interception that helped dig an ugly hole.

Again I point you to the Super Bowl MVP who is far more similar to Alex Smith than CKaep. Turns out being a game-manager type who makes fewer mistakes is not such a bad thing after all. Alex would have been far less flashy as CKaep yesterday, but I'd have loved the Niner's chances had he played.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@motorbike

I also said kaepernick made several throws smith is incapable of making. You realize kaepernick ran for those 1st downs because none of the wr's were open don't you? Are you trying to tell us smith, with a weaker, inferior arm would have been able to complete passes for 1st downs to wr's that were not open?

You also seem to forget, or maybe it's just ignore, the fact that Baltimore was blowing SF out. They were lighting up SF's defense. How does alex smith improve that poor defensive showing? All you can claim is that he would have moved the ball better than kaepernick and kept the Baltimore offense off the field. Based on what? Your opinion?

The truth is kaepernick is better than smith, it really isn't even debateable. kaepernick got them to the superbowl, something smith couldn't do. kaepernick brought them back from a large deficit with his running and passing in the 2nd half. Frankly he played very well.

Your smith love simply has you deluded into thinking his inferior talent could accomplish more than kaepernick's vastly superior abilities. I find it funny.

Striker
Omaha, NE

"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."

Take off your 49er glasses....give me a break. You know nothing about football. Since when is it bad officiating if a player decides to run out of the endzone for a safety? Get a clue.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

Silly to just assume that Smith makes all those plays and makes no mistakes himself. Fact is San Francisco has struggled in the red zone for most of the past 2 years no matter who is under center. This game was lost in the 49er secondary and their inability to stop Ravens receivers on 3rd down. It was also lost on special teams. Enough with the BYU and Utah myopia. There were a lot of other people on the field besides the BYU and Utah alums.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Duckhunter,

You're not grasping the fact that where Kaepernick failed yesterday is where Smith typically excels. Many of us warned it would be exactly this that would come back to haunt Harbaugh in a big game.

Yes Kaep has the stronger arm, yet going for the big play equated to stalled drives in the first half. Based on what we all know of Smith, he likely would've been more patient and completed more balls by taking what the defense gave him. That would in turn have led to shorter, more attainable 3rd downs where they could've better utilized the run game to help. In the meantime they'd have kept the ball away from the Ravens, keeping the scoreboard in check. You in turn want to blame SF's defense even though it was Kaepernick's big play mentality and errors that kept SF's defense on the field in the first half.

Put it this way, if the Niners would've won, Kaepernick would've been MVP. If Smith had played and the Niners won, someone like Gore would've been MVP. That said, I'd have liked the Niner's chances more with Smith.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Duckhunter,

"How does alex smith improve that poor defensive showing? All you can claim is that he would have moved the ball better than kaepernick and kept the Baltimore offense off the field. Based on what? Your opinion?"
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Just to be clear ... yes that is my opinion. However that opinion is based on factual information ... namely, Alex Smith's completion ratio AND turnover ratio. If Alex Smith plays an Alex Smith kind of game, Baltimore has fewer 1st half possessions and isn't given great field position on a TERRIBLE interception leading to a touchdown.

That my friend is exactly what the Niners could have used yesterday, you're just to bugged to admit it.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@motorbike

I'm not "bugged" by anything about this. The fact is you have no clue about what smith "woulda, coulda, or shoulda" done in that game. I KNOW this for a fact. kaepernick is a vastly superior talent. harbaugh knows this and benched smith. smith was unable to even get the team to the superbowl and when he had his chance last year he was unable to even get one single 1st down on 6 straight possessions in the 2nd half of that game.

kaepernick actually got the team to the superbowl and kaepernick played a very good game.

Your smith delusions are funny, and fun for me to mock, but they are just that, delusions. He was benched because he isn't as good, plain and simple. Deal with it.

kaepernick made plays both thgrowing and running that smith could never make. With smith in that game SF gets blown out, they never make a comeback they simply get pounded into the turf.

We know this for sure as well, smith got benched, harbaugh deems him insufficient. You all thought harbaugh was a genius until he benched smith when in truth benching smith is what made him a genius.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Duckhunter,

"The fact is you have no clue about what smith "woulda, coulda, or shoulda" done in that game."
- yet you seem to know exactly what Smith woulda done.
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"kaepernick actually got the team to the superbowl"
- Actually Kaepernick AND Smith got the team to the superbowl. As for last year ... did Kaepernick play the 2011/12 NY Giants? And let's remember at mid-season Alex had most people predicting the Niners would WIN the Super Bowl - Kaepernick fell short of that expectation.
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"kaepernick made plays both throwing and running that smith could never make."
- Agreed. Flacco couldn't have made those plays either, yet he's a Super Bowl MVP.
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"With smith...they never make a comeback"
- Again I agree ... because there's no comeback to make. He completes more balls, keeps the Ravens offense off the field, and doesn't throw a pick leading to a touchdown.
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"You all thought harbaugh was a genius until he benched smith"
- It's easy to see what he likes about Kaepernick but he gave people like myself credibility for doubting his decision when his super bowl caliber team came up short.
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LOL!

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