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09:06 PM ET 11.25 | Jim Harbaugh's decision to go with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback was validated as the San Francisco 49ers took care of business against the Saints, 31-21. Now the question moving forward is whether it'll be Kaepernick or Smith against the Rams in Week 13. Harbaugh said he will address that later, and did expand on the decision-making process in going with Kaepernick. "The injury, and the fact that Alex had symptoms seven days later, eight days later from the concussion and, I've just had some bad experiences. Not going to put a guy back out there who had symptoms like he had," Harbaugh said. "They were serious enough."

The Sacramento Bee

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November 25, 2012  10:07 PM ET

Pick one and stay with him. The NFL is full of offensive and defensive coordinators who tried to ride two horses. This coy game he's playing is going to bite him in the butt.

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November 25, 2012  11:35 PM ET

I actually think the Jets knew Tebow an average qb at best but brought him in to sell tickets and run the wildcat. The Jets defense was the bread and butter and it has been a BIG disappointment.

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November 26, 2012  12:24 AM ET

I'll bet Alex Smith is just tickled pink with the harsh reality of this business. Blink your eyes and you're the waterboy. He's still wondering where his job went

November 26, 2012  02:20 AM ET

I think Alex has 70 million dollars or so to help ease the pain.

November 26, 2012  04:09 AM ET

San Fran won the game thanks to two touchdowns from their defense. The offense only managed 17 points against the 32nd rated defense in the NFL. That isn't too bad for a rookie playing in his second start, and his first road game, but it isn't good enough to win either. Smith is still the better QB at this time.

November 26, 2012  07:32 AM ET

That great offensive line of SF makes any QB look smart

November 26, 2012  07:32 AM ET

Kaepnick, won in Tough place to win, the team played well around him and he didn't blow the game, that's pretty good, but is he a Giant Killer?

November 26, 2012  07:56 AM ET
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Kaepnick, won in Tough place to win, the team played well around him and he didn't blow the game, that's pretty good, but is he a Giant Killer?

How could you ask that question? Exactly who in the NFC is a Giant Killer? Well I'll answer that fa ya, exactly no one! They've already beat the 49er, this year, last year and any other time if they meet. The Packers, yeah you saw what happen to that **** yesterday and for that matter, the last several time we've played them. The Falcons and Saints **** are up next, we've already dissed Tampa's ****, so its safe to say the Giants are the cream of the crop and suckers need to be looking out for us, we're the reigning champs and ain't $hiit changed buddy.

Just in case you think I forgot, our losses have come at home(as always) against AFC teams, Steelers, Texans so we won't see them until the SB and if they do make it there, the same $hiit that has a happened to the Broncos, Bills, Pats (twice, I like that!) will happen to they biittchh ****. It's call "ya see Big Blue, now sucker whatcha **** gonna do"? Fold like they always do!

Lastly, 50 yr fan....don't think I forgot about yo **** wit that silly statement last week implying that the Giants had played the soft part of their schedule and now here come the big boys. Just as I told you, sit back and watch cause the Giants are takin biittchss out. Who's almost never wrong when it comes to this? Apple, and I'm out! You haters keep watchin....its the big blue wreckin crew!

November 26, 2012  08:02 AM ET

Are we really suggesting that Kaepernick played better in this game than Smith would have played? Harbaugh's decision is only smart if Kaepernick is better than Smith, not if Kaepernick simply plays decently. Kaepernick's performance against NO was decent, nothing better. And Smith would likely have played better. All Harbaugh has done is re-open the wounds SF inflicted on Smith in its pursuit of Peyton Manning and created an unnecessary distraction for a team that should be focusing on winning its conference and the Super Bowl. When the 'Niners lose a close game with Kaepernick behind centre, the "what ifs" will start. And when Kaepernick eventually falters and they have to turn back to Smith, who knows how all this crap is going to affect Smith's performance and his focus?

November 26, 2012  08:21 AM ET
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Are we really suggesting that Kaepernick played better in this game than Smith would have played? Harbaugh's decision is only smart if Kaepernick is better than Smith, not if Kaepernick simply plays decently. Kaepernick's performance against NO was decent, nothing better. And Smith would likely have played better. All Harbaugh has done is re-open the wounds SF inflicted on Smith in its pursuit of Peyton Manning and created an unnecessary distraction for a team that should be focusing on winning its conference and the Super Bowl. When the 'Niners lose a close game with Kaepernick behind centre, the "what ifs" will start. And when Kaepernick eventually falters and they have to turn back to Smith, who knows how all this crap is going to affect Smith's performance and his focus?

He played well enough to win, I didn't think he would do that well. NO is a tough place to win for any quarterback. What Harbaugh is doing to Smith is unbelievable and like Singletary, the day will come when the players stop playing!

November 26, 2012  08:24 AM ET
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How could you ask that question? Exactly who in the NFC is a Giant Killer? Well I'll answer that fa ya, exactly no one! They've already beat the 49er, this year, last year and any other time if they meet. The Packers, yeah you saw what happen to that **** yesterday and for that matter, the last several time we've played them. The Falcons and Saints **** are up next, we've already dissed Tampa's ****, so its safe to say the Giants are the cream of the crop and suckers need to be looking out for us, we're the reigning champs and ain't $hiit changed buddy.Just in case you think I forgot, our losses have come at home(as always) against AFC teams, Steelers, Texans so we won't see them until the SB and if they do make it there, the same $hiit that has a happened to the Broncos, Bills, Pats (twice, I like that!) will happen to they biittchh ****. It's call "ya see Big Blue, now sucker whatcha **** gonna do"? Fold like they always do!Lastly, 50 yr fan....don't think I forgot about yo **** wit that silly statement last week implying that the Giants had played the soft part of their schedule and now here come the big boys. Just as I told you, sit back and watch cause the Giants are takin biittchss out. Who's almost never wrong when it comes to this? Apple, and I'm out! You haters keep watchin....its the big blue wreckin crew!

Are You Talking to Me?

November 26, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Smith broke rule one: don't get hurt.

November 26, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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San Fran won the game thanks to two touchdowns from their defense. The offense only managed 17 points against the 32nd rated defense in the NFL. That isn't too bad for a rookie playing in his second start, and his first road game, but it isn't good enough to win either. Smith is still the better QB at this time.

I tend to agree. The kid threw a pick, and the defense got it right back with a pick-six to bail him out.

People rave about his mobility, but Smith can run, too. The only thing he has over Smith is a big arm and a willingness to press the ball deep.

I just can't believe I'm defending Alex Smith. Maybe those Mayans were right.

 
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