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Golden Nuggets: More notes from MNF, Alex Smith to get accuracy record?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Norm Hall

Happy Halloween. Got that out of the way. How about them 49ers? That was a helluva Monday night game they played. Really a complete game. We didn't get big yards out of Frank Gore, but the Cardinals stacked the box, forcing Alex Smith and the 49ers to throw the ball. And boy did they ever! Alex Smith completed 18 of 19 passes and threw for three touchdowns. Not sure if you've heard, but the 49ers are lobbying the league to change a play in which Smith threw a pass sideways to a back. It was ruled a lateral on the field but was clearly going forward upon later review. If that get's changed, Smith will get the record for most accurate day for a QB. Amazing. And with the team cruising into the bye week with a two-game lead in the NFC West, things could not look much better.

As for the links, there's tons of notes from the game as they were late getting up Monday night and mostly got posted yesterday. A lot of this stuff overlaps and you may have already heard it all by now, but it's what's available...and I know you guys need your fix. Enjoy.

Week 8: 49ers 24, Cardinals 3

Our very own James Brady has some notes from the MNF victory over the Cardinals. On the negative side are the penalties, which are verging on ridiculous, and poor clock management. On a positive note, Michael Crabtree schooled last years rookie darling Patrick Peterson. | 49ers vs Cardinals postgame notes and observations. (Brady)

Christian Gin has his notes on the game. He singles out improved red zone play calling and how well the defense stops the run among other things. | 49ers vs Cardinals rewind: Five things we learned. (Gin)

I was not aware of this, but Alex Smith, if he would have completed one more pass in one more attempt, would have set the record for highest completion percentage in a game. You need a minimum of 20 attempts to qualify. There are two plays that may be reviewed by the league that could give Smith the record. Click the link to find out! | Penalty or not? Record in the balance. (Sando)

Some notes on the game from Kyle Bonagura at CBS Sports. He's got Aldon Smith on his list of top-shelf performers and gives a nod to Randy Moss for partying like it's 1999. | Postgame analysis: 49ers 24, Cardinals 3. (CBS Sports)

I don't know if this was mentioned earlier, and if it was, I haven't noticed, but how about Dashon Goldson's shot on Early Doucet. Brutal hit. But, do any of you remember last season when Doucet got Goldson ejected from a game after giving him a cheap slap on the helmet when he was on the ground? Goldson unloaded some punches and was sent to the showers. Now they're even...unless you count getting beat up and then getting laid out completely the following season as 2-0....I do! | Goldson's old school shot symbolic of 49ers defense. (Pro Football Talk)

It was great to watch Michael Crabtree excel in the passing game, converting key third downs in the process. That jump ball over Patrick Peterson was priceless and he may actually live up to his draft status. | Michael Crabtree flashes star potential. (Poole)

49ers vs Cardinals 2012: Niners show a 'killer instinct'. (Bay Area SB Nation)

49ers report card: Straight A's following win against Cardinals. (CBS Sports)

49ers defense clamps down on Cardinals. (Maiocco)

Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss spark 49ers. (SF Gate)

49ers' defense shuts down Cardinals. (Branch)

Alex Smith, 49ers crush Cardinals. (Branch)

49ers 'D' shows up on MNF stage. (

Randy Moss, 49ers display power on MNF. (

Notebook: Alex Smith nearly perfect. (

49ers vs Cards: Thumbs up, thumbs down. (

49ers widen NFC West lead with rout of reeling Cardinals. (Yahoo!)

Jim Harbaugh addresses the 'gobble, gobble turkey.' (Yahoo!)

Alex Smith 'gobbles' up play time, Colin Kaepernick stays sidelined. (Maiocco)

Notes and quotes from the 49ers big division win. (Lynch)

Reading the keys: 49ers/Cardinals. (

Did Smith actually throw a 20th pass that would give him record? (Inman)

Randy Moss flashes old form for 49ers. (

Week 8 game notes. (

Assorted Niners News

Reward for 49ers 6-2 record: Seven days off. (Barrows)

49ers draw inspiration from Giants' World Series. (Maiocco)

Coach's Notebook: Oct. 30. (

Harbaugh gives 49ers two extra days off. (Branch)

NFC West / League News

Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree sit firmly atop the list of risers while the Cardinals litter the ranks of the falling. | NFC West stock watch. (Sando)

QBR ranks: Russell Wilson, Alex Smith near front of line. (Sando)

NFL power rankings: How they voted. (Sando)


Watch Skip Bayless from ESPN, who always rips the 49ers support them as the best team in the NFC. Weird. Then He has some good notes on the game. Then watch the other guy go bonkers. More often than not I'm glad I don't have ESPN here in Australia. | A few calmly delivered thoughts on the 49ers. (Sando)

The defense has held an opponent without a touchdown for the fourth time in eight games and the passing game has come back after a few games off. The Cardinals stacked the box and we made them pay in a major way. | Matt & Mindi: 49ers' passing game returns. (CSN Bay Area)

Cover 2: 49ers at Cardinals. (

Press pass: Alex Smith. (

49ers impress on Monday Night Football. (

Press pass: Joe Staley. (

Press pass: Jim Harbaugh. (

Locker room speech: 49ers at Cardinals. (

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