While watching Colin Kaepernick coolly lead the 49ers back from deficits of 17-0 and 24-14 in Sunday's NFC Championship Game in Atlanta, I wondered what would have happened if Alex Smith hadn't suffered a concussion this season?
Would Kaepernick have gotten a chance to play significant minutes, a chance to start?
Could Smith have rallied the 49ers from 17 points down Sunday?
While Smith proved his mettle last postseason, it's hard to imagine him leading the rally against the Falcons.
Jim Harbaugh's decision to switch quarterbacks at midseason was the 49ers' play of the year maybe for years to come.
Imagine the 49ers down by three or fewer points to Baltimore in the final minutes of the Super Bowl.
It's fourth and two at the Ravens' 26-yard line. From there, it's a 43-yard field goal. Do the 49ers send in David Akers, who's about as shaky as a leaf in a tornado, or does Harbaugh go for the first down?
It's a dilemma no 49ers fan wants face Feb. 3, but it's possible after Harbaugh, with really no alternative, said Monday he's sticking with his struggling kicker, who missed another field goal Sunday in Atlanta.
In a do-or-die situation, look for the 49ers to run the read-option on fourth and short. At this point, Harbaugh likely has as much confidence in Akers as the kicker has in himself little to none.
Today's pollHow much confidence do you have in 49ers kicker David Akers?
Behind him 100%.
Keep fingers crossed.
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Weekend poll resultsWill you bet on the Super Bowl?
Yes, at a Nevada casino: 11%
Yes, with a bookie: 7%
Yes, with a friend: 20%
No, I don't gamble: 62%
Total votes: 354