Saturday, December 11, 2010
Alex Smith, Vernon Davis connection back
By Mike Sando
The San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games this season.
The streak ended when a shoulder injury sidelined quarterback Alex Smith. Davis failed to catch a scoring pass in his first four games with Troy Smith at quarterback, finally catching one against Green Bay last week.
Alex Smith's return to the 49ers' lineup Sunday could give Davis a boost. The two go back as far as any current quarterback-receiver or quarterback-tight end tandem in the NFC West. Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck and Ben Obomanu also date to 2006, but Obomanu became a regular contributor only recently.
Alex Smith has thrown 18 of his 46 career touchdown passes to Davis. No active quarterback with at least 20 touchdown passes has thrown a higher percentage of his scoring throws to the same player since 2001, according to Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Information.
The chart ranks the 10 highest active percentages.