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Smith silences critics after 49ers rout Bills 45-3

Updated: October 8, 2012, 5:03 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Since last season's surprising run to the NFC championship game, San Francisco 49ers fans could only imagine the possibilities if Alex Smith and the offense ever matched the defense's dominance.

Just Saturday night, Smith added another punchline when he badly bounced the ceremonial first pitch of the San Francisco Giants-Cincinnati Reds playoff series in the dirt. Some teased aloud whether the quarterback could even throw.

With the New York Giants returning to Candlestick ...

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