The last time Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith and tight end Vernon Davis were on the field together, they made their mark in San Francisco 49ers history. Flashing back to 2011, Smith and Davis were new to the postseason, entering the divisional playoff round as underdogs against the New Orleans Saints. It turned out to be a game they will never forget.
Smith arrived in San Francisco in 2005 and Davis followed in 2006. They spent the 2006-2008 seasons building their chemistry and trying to develop a rhythm. Smith missed the 2008 season with an injury. Davis also went through growing pains with former coach Mike Singletary that came to a head when he was banished to the locker room mid-game because of his ‘me first’ approach to the game. That moment changed Davis’ perspective and taught him to put his team first.
Everything started coming together for the duo during the 2009 season. With Davis as one of his favorite targets, Smith checked in with 3,144 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and a 90.7 percent passer rating. Davis completed the season with 78 receptions for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns.
That was just the tip of the iceberg. Their defining moment presented itself when they went up against the Saints in a 2011 divisional playoff game. Drew Brees was easily considered the more dominant quarterback with Smith still working to establish himself as an elite quarterback six years after being picked No. 1 overall in the 2005 Draft.
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