Experts thought the Niners were getting desperate when they picked up Antonio Bryant from the Browns. Everyone said he was a hothead, who would get frustrated in a struggling offense still trying to find some semblence of stablilty.
Let’s say they were only partly right.
The 49ers once again showed a surprisingly strong overall offense as they emerged with their first victory over the St. Louis Rams, 20-13. Alex Smith threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, after 288 and a touchdown the week before in a week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Frank Gore, coming off a two-TD game the week before, carried the ball 29 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. And, as for Bryant? He blew up after an apparent TD reception that was blown by Smith’s bad pass, at the end of the half. After calming down at the sideline, he caught a 72-yard TD reception from Smith, on the way to a four-reception, 141-yard game. A patchwork offensive line, with top linemen Jonas Jennings and Larry Allen sidelined with injuries, held the Rams defense without a sack to Smith – a welcome experience for the 2nd-year quarterback, who was sacked 29 times his rookie season.