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Aldon Smith has proven to be a prime time player

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The Patriots were going to have to worry about 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith anyway.

But since they won’t see him until tonight on Sunday Night Football, they have to be extra careful.

Smith has a league-high 19.5 sacks this season, but 10 of them have come in four prime-time games, including his 5.5-sack outburst against the Bears on a Monday.

“Those Friday night lights,”Smith said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “You knew it was showtime. It’s just that feeling you get again from being under that spotlight.”

Of course, he’s playing against a guy who has been fairly successful himself under the lights.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been sacked just 20 times this season, and leads the league’s highest-scoring offense.

So it’s natural for him to be highlighted, but Smith admitted surprise at being used as the face of the 49ers in NBC’s promos for the game.

“I just had one word – ‘Wow,’ ” Smith said. “I didn’t know what to say. . . . It’s Tom Brady. He’s won Super Bowls. Me? I just got here.”

If he can keep getting there tonight, the attention is only going to grow.

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10 Responses to “Aldon Smith has proven to be a prime time player”
  1. pleasefirecam says: Dec 16, 2012 11:31 AM

    Dude is DPOY its not even close

  2. jakec4 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:35 AM

    This is setting up to be a nice game as long as San Fran brings the defense from the very beginning. New England will role up those critical early points fast, and the Texans before getting rolled, looked better equipped to play from behind than the 49ers do.

  3. holahey123 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:44 AM

    The Niners would bring their A game like they always do in nationalized and prime time games. Go 49ers!

  4. norcalmafia says: Dec 16, 2012 11:47 AM

    Great to see hes staying humble just hope he can keep his act right off the field hes a great player.

  5. topgun1019 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:58 AM

    @jakec4

    Texans don’t run the Wild-Kaep. ‘nough said.

  6. pgh15212 says: Dec 16, 2012 12:01 PM

    pleasefirecam;

    Dude is DPOY its not even close
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    J.J. Watt has twice as many defeats as smith. That is two times the amount! That is just insane

  7. ern215 says: Dec 16, 2012 12:29 PM

    his success is due to justin smith’s defensive holding………..consistently

  8. bluefan204 says: Dec 16, 2012 12:42 PM

    Even as a lifelong Giants fan, I wouldn’t mind if this kid breaks Strahans sack record. Hell of a talent, and seems like a good man.

  9. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2012 1:01 PM

    He’s gonna break Strahan’s record. The 49ers have one more game with Arizona left too.

  10. direwolf748 says: Dec 16, 2012 1:51 PM

    Strahan doesn’t even deserve that record.

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