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Alex Smith’s 18-for-19 stat line stands, no NFL record

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Alex Smith did not break the NFL record for completion percentage in a game on Monday night.

The 49ers asked for an official review of Smith’s 18-for-19 stat line on Monday night against the Cardinals, arguing that Smith actually went 19-for-20 because he completed a forward pass to Michael Crabtree on a play that the official scorer marked down as a Crabtree run. But the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Elias Sports Bureau, which handles the official statistics for the NFL, reviewed the play and called it a lateral, not a forward pass.

In the NFL record book, the record for highest completion percentage in a game requires a player to throw at least 20 passes. So if Smith had completed 19 of 20 passes he would own the record, but 18 of 19 passes doesn’t merit a mention.

So now that Elias has confirmed that the ruling was correct on Smith’s lateral to Crabtree, Kurt Warner is still the record holder for highest completion percentage in a game. Warner went 24-for-26 in a 2009 game against the Jaguars, a 92.31 percent completion rate that will remain in the top spot in the record book.

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35 Responses to “Alex Smith’s 18-for-19 stat line stands, no NFL record”
  1. skeebo80 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:40 AM

    This guy currently has a higher passer rating than Brady Breed and Eli. You don’t know he’s gonna give you from week to week. “Mr. Unpredictable”

  2. niners816 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:41 AM

    “Stats are for losers.” Justin Smith

    Go Niners!!!

  3. manasewitsch says: Nov 1, 2012 7:44 AM

    Alex winning 20 out of his last 26 starts will also stand.

  4. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 1, 2012 7:45 AM

    that’s okay. “I could care less about stats. Stats are for losers.” ~ alex smith, circa 3 months ago

  5. cooklynn17 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:55 AM

    Good, because when you think of all the great 49er qb’s Alex Smith does not come to mind.

  6. radtrigger says: Nov 1, 2012 7:58 AM

    I find it weird that typical NFL stats and streaks don’t account for playoff games. They are almost always left out. I remember Brady going 26-28 in a playoff game. Who know what other playoff records exist. Didn’t Simms go 22-23 or something like that?

  7. cardmagnet says: Nov 1, 2012 8:00 AM

    Good, because any positive stat Alex Smith owns loses all credibility.

  8. kingcrusher says: Nov 1, 2012 8:05 AM

    He doesn’t need a record in the stat book to make that game nothing short of awesome. Was great to see him and the team have such a great game. I just hope it gives the whole team some much needed encouragement and they can continue to improve and put the drubbing the Giants gave them in the past! :-P

  9. grogansheroes says: Nov 1, 2012 8:06 AM

    I’m getting really tired of Har-bore. Liked as a player, but didn’t really know what a dink he is. Do your job and coach your team.

  10. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 1, 2012 8:09 AM

    Glad that chucklehead Harbaugh will get no satisfaction from this nonsense. The guy has rose-colored retinas. On no planet in this solar system was that a forward pass.

  11. dutchhmaster says: Nov 1, 2012 8:10 AM

    He’ll have to check down for an NFL record on another day.

  12. phonymcringring says: Nov 1, 2012 8:20 AM

    What an incendiary suggestion by Harbaugh. It is obvious that the 49ers coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence official scoring.

  13. kayakattack says: Nov 1, 2012 8:37 AM

    But anybody could post that stat line against the Jaguars

  14. orndorf2 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:38 AM

    Oh make it a record….it doesn’t mean anything to anybody. No one will remember Alex’s only record… this is not news and it is not interesting.

  15. piemasteruk says: Nov 1, 2012 8:47 AM

    It’s doubtful that the powers that be in San Francisco really thought it was a forward pass, as it clearly wasn’t. They were probably just trying to show their appreciation and make a nice gesture to a QB that doesn’t hold any significant NFL records and probably never will and comes under a lot of criticism. It was a nice gesture on their part.

  16. infectorman says: Nov 1, 2012 8:56 AM

    Jim Harbaugh + NFL HC Job / 26 games =
    embarrassing

  17. daburgher says: Nov 1, 2012 8:59 AM

    Even if he did get the record, he would still be considered average at best

  18. bathroomben7 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:10 AM

    I guess Alex Smith has finally surpassed Brad Johnson on the greatest game manager list. Look out Trent Dilfer, your next!

  19. 2difshoe says: Nov 1, 2012 9:21 AM

    In other news.

    Arguably the GREATEST runner of all time left this earth 13 years ago today.

    Rest in Peace Walter Payton !

    Bear Fandom

  20. steelers88 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:28 AM

    49ers wont win a superbowl with Alex Smith he is not a superbowl calliber QB like Big Ben,Eli,and Brady. There is a reason why the 49ers went after peyton manning in the offseason.

  21. realtimeeyes says: Nov 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    I’m surprised Harbaugh didn’t beg for the record..Him and his brother are always begging the refs for flags during games.

  22. 1phd says: Nov 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    Funny that you mention Kurt Warner. The guy who couldn’t even put Smith in his top quarterbacks of the week after a perfect pass dropped by Delani Walker that would have been 20 and broken Warner’s record. Did you miss someone Kurt? Oh, and of course the robots like Lindsey Rhodes at NFL Network would never question Kurt about something as obvious as leaving Smith off the list.

  23. oaktown49er says: Nov 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    dutchhmaster says:
    Nov 1, 2012 8:10 AM
    He’ll have to check down for an NFL record on another day.
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    Your comment is very funny, but I do have to wonder….. if checking down for over 200 yards and 3 td’s is so easy, why don’t all the teams do it?

  24. 49erstim says: Nov 1, 2012 10:59 AM

    There is a lot of hate on this site for Alex Smith. I could understand why you wouldn’t want him as your QB (he isn’t very glitzy), but I wonder why people hate him so much. Hmmmmm.

    This isn’t something that Alex has begged for. This is something the coaches tried to get done. This actually happens a lot, but is rarely reported.

  25. Stiller43 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:08 AM

    Funny niner fans saying (or quoting members of the team) stats mean nothing.

    It was your team who wanted to get the nfl to change it!

  26. geniusfan says: Nov 1, 2012 11:38 AM

    I really thought the 49ers would win the NFC but after I saw what the Giants did to them it’s hard to feel good about that anymore.

  27. dstep24 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:41 AM

    This is all good and well, until he’s asked to actually throw the ball down the field in the postseason and make big plays. #enjoytheattentionwhileitlasts

  28. hatesycophants says: Nov 1, 2012 11:41 AM

    Also, Stafford had a better game.

  29. granadafan says: Nov 1, 2012 11:56 AM

    As a Niner fan, I’m embarassed by Jim Hairball’s stunt to change the stats for a record. He’s a great coach, but his personality is like Rex Ryan. Loud, crude, uber intense. However, he is winning so far.

  30. sixjak says: Nov 1, 2012 12:13 PM

    infectorman says:
    Nov 1, 2012 8:56 AM
    Jim Harbaugh + NFL HC Job / 26 games =
    embarrassing

    _____________

    Really? 19-5 in regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs so far? How’s that embarrassing? How is you coach faring over the last 24 regular season games? Oh I’m sorry, is he suspended?

  31. denverscott says: Nov 1, 2012 12:27 PM

    1phd says: Nov 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    Funny that you mention Kurt Warner. The guy who couldn’t even put Smith in his top quarterbacks of the week after a perfect pass dropped by Delani Walker that would have been 20 and broken Warner’s record. Did you miss someone Kurt? Oh, and of course the robots like Lindsey Rhodes at NFL Network would never question Kurt about something as obvious as leaving Smith off the list.
    ——————————————————-
    He wasn’t on the list because throwing under 20 check downs for 200 and change wasn’t in the same ballpark as the rest on the list. It’s not a list for game managers. Hit 300+ yrds and then look for your name.

  32. japmen says: Nov 1, 2012 12:47 PM

    I want to know what happened to last year’s D for Zona. Smith can be efficient but 18-19? Do your D-backs know what coverage is? I know he’s a check-down king but there is such a thing as the 5 yard rule. Get in someone’s face! It’s not like they stopped the run well either so what exactly did they pull off besides getting stomped?

  33. mikeanthonymirabella says: Nov 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    I think Rich Gannon had and the Raiders had a game plan and stats no one should ever forget, where I believe there was only one or two running plays the whole game and one was because Gannon threw a screen pass behind the line of scrimage. Gannon was a journeyman quarterback that should be in the hall of fame just for the plays he had while being a Raider and even co-mvp’d one year with Steve McNair that he should have won as well all back in the late 90′s or early 2000′s. He pumped faked better than anyone in the league and if Jon Gruden wasn’t the coach of the Bucs, would also be a super bowl winner that year with Jerry Rice and one of the oldest teams to be in a super bowl. Blame it on us and Callahan,plus a bi-polar center for the whole lopsided game that ended up a disaster for the RAiders, especially since the Super Bowl was in California albeit, San Diegeo. Just another of many super bowls the RAider should have one or shoud have been in. I would guesstite we would have or should have one about 11 super bowls and I will let you go through the history of raider games lost that would have put them in if not won the 5 that they were in.

  34. the1849ers says: Nov 1, 2012 5:07 PM

    RE: “49ers wont win a superbowl with Alex Smith he is not a superbowl calliber QB like Big Ben”
    *********
    Roethlisberger’s QB rating of 22.6 in Super Bowl XL is lowest rating of a winning quarterback in Super Bowl history.

  35. youaredelusional says: Nov 1, 2012 7:10 PM

    dstep24 says:
    Nov 1, 2012 11:41 AM
    This is all good and well, until he’s asked to actually throw the ball down the field in the postseason and make big plays. #enjoytheattentionwhileitlasts

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    How about against the Saints last year in the playoffs? I guess that doesn’t count to the haters.

    As a niner fan, I’m fine with him checking down all day so long as there is a W.

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