Smith leads San Fran to 24-16 win over Denver in London

Troy Smith played a mistake-free game in his debut for the 49ers and would lead his team to victory at London’s Wembley Stadium. Troy Smith, seeing action in his first NFL game of this season completed 12 of 19 passes for 196 yards and 1 touchdown. Smith also ran for a touchdown.

The first half of the game started out slow both teams and the 49ers had a 3-0 lead heading into halftime. In the second half, the teams made things interesting for the British fans in attendance. The scoring started with the Broncos in the third quarter on a Tim Tebow 1-yard touchdown run.  After another Broncos score on a Matt Prater field goal, Smith would have a 1-yard touchdown run of his own to tie the game at 10 apiece.

Smith’s touchdown run would be the first of three touchdown drives for the Niners.  The second touchdown was a 28-yard pass from Smith to Crabtree. Frank Gore would make the game 24-10 on a 3-yard run with just less than four minutes remaining.

Gore finished the game with 118 rushing yards. The offense still has some work to do but one has to be encouraged by the relative progress they have made since the beginning of the season. With a Bye Week coming up, here is hoping that the coaching staff really gets their stuff together and start the second half of the season with a bang.

In all, while it took Troy Smith and the offense three quarters to find their groove, I am impressed by what he showed. Smith did more than manage the game and he did not force any plays that would lead to mistakes. I do not want to get ahead of myself, but if Smith continues at this pace, the 49ers will be competitive in the games they have left. While I am not suggesting that Troy Smith should become our quarterback of the future, I think his success may spell the end of Alex Smith’s career in San Francisco.

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