Alex Smith has the 49ers in good hands

At one point considered a bust, the former No. 1 pick has the Niners in the title game

Originally Published: January 18, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

It came down to trust.

The final minutes had unfolded at a dizzying pace. Fourteen seconds remained. San Francisco trailed New Orleans 32-29 and faced third-and-4 from the Saints' 14-yard line.

New Orleans was in zone coverage with two safeties back. Vernon Davis was in the slot left, Alex Smith in the shotgun. The ball was snapped, and Smith started his delivery before Davis, running straight downfield, even cut inside. Smith was throwing to a spot he trusted Davis would reach ...

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