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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Aldon Smith makes it 10 awards for West

By Mike Sando

The way Aldon Smith was playing Monday night at Candlestick Park, it's a wonder the San Francisco 49ers' outside linebacker didn't sack Trent Dilfer and Steve Young right there on the ESPN set, for good measure.

Smith's huge game against the Bears featured 5.5 sacks, a Monday night record. It made Smith an obvious choice for NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The honor means the NFC West has produced an NFC offensive, defensive or special-teams player of the week 10 times this season. Last week, Seattle's Richard Sherman won the defensive honors with an interception, a fumble-forcing sack and three passes defensed against the New York Jets.

Recapping NFC West honors to this point in the season:
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was nominated for the NFC's offensive award this week. Robert Griffin III won it instead.