49ers appeal call so Alex Smith can make history

49ers appeal ticky-tack call so Alex Smith can hold an obscure record

10/31/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   452 respect

Blog Photo - 49ers appeal call so Alex Smith can make historyWhen the San Francisco 49ers declined a safety in their Thursday night game with Seattle earlier this month, 49ers defensive end Justin Smith quipped after the game, "Forget everything else, stats are for losers."

One of Justin Smith's bosses apparently disagrees. The 49ers are now appealing an on-the-field ruling from a completely insignificant garbage-time play in Monday night's win over the Cardinals in order to secure quarterback Alex Smith with a relatively meaningless NFL record.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers are appealing the ruling of an early fourth quarter play in which one of Smith's completions was ruled a lateral and not a forward pass. Should the NFL reconsider the play as a forward pass, Smith's stats would be upgraded to 19-for-20 instead of his current stat line, 18-for-19.

And who on earth cares whether Alex Smith went 18-for-19 or 19-for-20? (Other than "losers"?) Well, Alex Smith cares, and probably also Kurt Warner. If it is ruled that Smith attempted 20 passes as opposed to 19, Smith's evening against the Cardinals sets the single-game completion percentage record for an NFL quarterback.

Blog Photo - 49ers appeal call so Alex Smith can make historyYou see, a quarterback cannot be eligible for that record unless he attempted a minimum of 20 passes in that game. Nineteen pass attempts make Smith ineligible for the record.

So the 49ers are asking that Smith be granted a forward pass attempt on a throw to Michael Crabtree that was ruled a lateral. Then Smith will have a 95% completion record on 20 pass attempts, breaking Kurt Warner's 92.3% for a 24-for-26 game in 2009.

"It definitely was a pass," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told USA Today.

"It was definitely not a pass," USA Today responds, with video and photographic proof.

If Smith and the 49ers somehow win the appeal, the Cardinals won't just have lost the game --  they'll have lost a record. When Kurt Warner set the single-game completion percentage record in 2009, he did it as an Arizona Cardinal.
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11/1/12   |   Jess   |   32909 respect

jaysinw wrote:
Stay away from replay and let the call on the field stand. If the 49er's and Smith want to break it go out there and try again and again till he does or retires. Either way quit the yammer and play ball. Kywags do complain to much ab obout stats instead of worring about did the team win and how they won. By the other team playing worse or them playing up to their skill level.  

The funny thing is, that's 2 games now that even though they won the game, they're still complaining about the officiating. Shut up and move on to the next one. Actually on second thought, no - keep looking back and complaining about games that you even won. Eventually it'll come back and bite you. And incidentally, that works out well for me.

11/1/12   |   Jess   |   32909 respect

Ugh I just dislike this team and their coach more and more every day. If Alex Smith is so great and capable of doing it again (as I believe Steve Young was saying Smith has the ability to go 25 - 25), then I agree with jaysinw. Yes, let him go out and do it. 

10/31/12   |   jaysinw   |   4843 respect

Stay away from replay and let the call on the field stand. If the 49er's and Smith want to break it go out there and try again and again till he does or retires. Either way quit the yammer and play ball. Kywags do complain to much ab obout stats instead of worring about did the team win and how they won. By the other team playing worse or them playing up to their skill level.