Golden Nuggets: 49ers 45, Bills 3; Record-breaking Victory

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Monday, October 8, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Another Sunday, another dominating victory over an AFC East opponent. I can't believe how potent the offense was! Why just the other day, following the victory over the Jets, I was lamenting our lack of firepower in the passing game. Wrote an article about it for Bay Area SB Nation (James, can you take it down...leave up the one where I predict an easy victory and Chan Gailey on the hot seat). Alex Smith has gone out and proved me wrong on all counts. I can only assume that my post really fired him up. There's no other logical explanation. He connected on long passes for TDs. We converted third downs like it was an easy thing to do. Everyone shined and the team set records in the process. Take away the loss to Minnesota, which you can't do, I've tried, and we have been nothing short of exceptional. I'm very proud of the team and happy to be a Niners fan today.

49ers 45, Bills 3: Recaps

Did somebody say records? Yeah, the 49ers set two of them yesterday. Their 621 yards of total offense are a new team record and they became the first team in NFL history to gain over 300 yards on the ground and 300 yards in the air. Amazing. | 49ers set a record in a 45-3 rout of the Bills. (Gin)

49ers dominate in 45-3 win. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Historic rout: 49ers 45, Bills 3. (Inman)

Alex Smith leads the way in record-setting 45-3 romp over Bills. (Branch)

49ers produce historic 45-3 win. (49ers.com)

49ers set franchise record for yards, beat Bills 45-3. (Press Democrat)

49ers 45, Bills 3: Analysis

Alex Smith was absolutely unstoppable on Sunday. He threw for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 75% of his passes. We also converted 67% of our third downs, which had been a sore spot. Bask in the glory. | Alex Smith plays his best game yet, 49ers crush Bills. (BASG)

There's not much to complain about. Everyone did well. The one nitpicking point one could have is that had there not been some 'key' penalties on the offensive line, negating long plays, we might have topped 700 yards. | Rapid reaction: 49ers 45, Bills 3. (Sando)

It's hard to have a 'when the game turned' point in a 45-3 game, unless you say at kickoff. Kyle Bonagura singles out Patrick Willis' strip of Scott Chandler and the subsequent fumble recovery as the key. On the next play, Alex Smith found Michael Crabtree for the score and the 17-3 lead. | Postgame analysis: 49ers 45, Bills 3. (CBS Sports)

A lot of people are getting singled out for a lot of great play. Maiocco has picked Chris Culliver, among others, for his stellar play in the nickel package, including an interception of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Culliver came into the game with QBs having a 42.4 passer rating when they target him. That dropped yesterday. | Maiocco's instant replay: 49ers 45, Bills 3. (Maiocco)

Alex Smith posted a 156.2 passer rating, the highest the NFL has seen since 2010. He also set a career-high with 49 rushing yards in case any of you were thinking that Colin Kaepernick could supplant Alex any time soon. | Alex Smith's finger injury doesn't appear that serious. (Inman)

Maiocco's got assorted notes on the game, noting that Alex Smith and Kyle Williams improvised the back shoulder touchdown pass in the second quarter. Coach Harbaugh was impressed. | Defense clamps down on Bills. (Maiocco)

Cam Inman's got a hefty set of notes from the game. Don't try to pick them up without help! How good does the NFC West look with all teams over .500? We were able to break even with the Arizona Cardinals, who were leading the division before the week and lost in St Louis to the Rams. | Post-game notes: Reclaiming a spot atop more respected NFC West. (Inman)

WildKap strikes again, Smith's sore finger. (Barrows)

Five best and five worst from 49ers 45-3 win. (Lynch)

Patrick Willis leads way in 45-3 win. (49ers.com)

'Evil genius' helps 49ers dial up historic performance. (Branch)

Report card: Special teams spoils shot at straight A's. (Press Democrat)

Notebook: Offense rewrites record books. (49ers.com)

Colin Kaepernick making mark on offense. (Press Democrat)

Assorted News

Combined score over the last two games: 79-3. That's against two teams that had aspirations of making the playoffs when the season started. The 49ers are the season spoilers. | 49ers not just beating opponents, they're bullying them. (Barrows)

Looking ahead to the Giants, who will have a hard time recognizing this offense as the same team from last season's NFC Championship Game. This is firepower that we haven't seemed capable of since Jeff Garcia left town. | Giants won't recognize this 49ers offense. (Sando)

Stop the presses. Stop the champagne. There is some possible bad news from the blowout victory. Alex Smith got x-rays taken of his middle finger on his throwing hand. He didn't seem concerned about it at the postgame press conference. So if he's not worried, I won't be (too much). | No firm details on Alex Smith's finger injury. (Sando)

Alex Smith's record-breaking first half. (Lynch)

Roman gets high marks for 49ers' record-setting offensive display. (Maiocco)

Former Bills safety Donte Whitner says Gailey needs to go. (Yahoo!)

Video / Assorted Media

Game highlights: 49ers 45 - Bills 3. (49ers.com)

Are 49ers that good, or Bills that bad? (CSN Bay Area)

Press Pass: Greg Roman. (49ers.com)

Press Pass: Jim Harbaugh. (49ers.com)

Press Pass: Alex Smith. (49ers.com)

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