ALEX SMITH THREW three touchdown passes to lead San Francisco to a convincing 24-3 victory over Arizona in last night’s NFC West match-up.
Smith was nearly flawless, throwing just one incompletion as he completed 18 of 19 passing attempts for 232 yards.
He set an NFL record for the most completions with just one incompletion in a single game.
All three of Smith’s TD passes came on third-down plays. The 49ers defence did their part, and the Cardinals’ only score was Jay Feely’s 28-yard field goal in the final minute of the third quarter.
Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns while Randy Moss also had a touchdown catch for San Francisco, who improved to 6-2 and strengthened their hold on the top spot in the division.
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The 49ers head into their bye week with a two-game division lead, and never looked in danger of a repeat of their last trip to Arizona in December, when they squandered a 19-7 lead and eventually fell 21-19.
It was the fourth time in five games that the 49ers didn’t allow a touchdown.
John Skelton, making his second straight start at quarterback in place of an injured Kevin Kolb, went 32-for-52 for 290 yards with an interception for the Cardinals, who fell to 4-4.
The Cardinals have lost four straight since opening the season with four successive victories.