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Troy Smith making most of opportunity with 49ers

With the Ravens playing on Thursday night, I got an opportunity on Sunday to take off my blogger hat and watch some NFL games as a football fan. One of the most eye-opening performances of the day was the play of former Ravens quarterback Troy Smith, who threw for 356 yards as his 49ers kept their playoff hopes alive with an overtime win over the Rams.

He has won both of his starts since taking over for the injured Alex Smith, completing 29 of his 47 passes for 552 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Troy Smith's passer rating is 116.6.

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Alex Smith is said to be close to returning from injury, but Kevin Lynch of The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that "players will revolt" if 49ers coach Mike Singletary doesn't stick with Troy Smith.

Said teammate Delanie Walker about having Troy Smith under center: "It's like we are in the back yard and we're kids again and the street lights are about to come on and our moms are about to come out and we need to win this game and we got one play in us. I feel that's how he is. We are going to take it to the limit. He throws the deep ball, he takes chances."

I have said numerous times that Smith could start in the NFL -- and many of you bashed me for it -- but I think we can all agree that we didn't see this one coming when Smith signed with San Francisco.

Meanwhile, former Ravens kicker Shayne Graham made his Patriots debut Sunday night, making both of his field goal attempts but missing an extra point. He booted zero touchbacks. Former Ravens long snapper Matt Katula also debuted for the Patriots and had no major slip-ups.

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