Stat Line Of The Night — 10/29/12 — Alex Smith
Alex Smith entered week 8 of the NFL season looking to get himself and the 49ers’ offense back on track, as they had scored just 16 points in their previous two games. Smith was a key factor during his team’s offensive struggles, as he had managed to throw just one touchdown to his four interceptions over that time frame. But with all eyes on him during a Monday night battle against the Arizona Cardinals, Smith was able to bounce back in a big way.
The 2005 first-overall draft pick was nearly perfect against the Cards, as he completed 18 of his 19 pass attempts for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Smith connected with Michael Crabtree for two of those touchdowns in the first half, while the third came on the 49ers’ first drive of the second half, as he found Randy Moss for a 47-yard score. That would pretty much seal the deal, as the 49ers easily disposed of their divisional foes, beating them by a score of 24-3.
With the win, the 49ers enter their bye week sitting in the driver’s seat in the NFC West, as their 6-2 record leaves them two games up on the Cards and the Seattle Seahawks, who are both currently 4-4 on the season. As for Smith, his near-perfect 157.1 passer rating on the night bumps his rating on the season to an impressive 102.1. That’s good enough to rank him fourth among all NFL quarterbacks, and he also earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday October 29, 2012.