Their offensive progress and winning streak having come to a screeching halt, the San Francisco 49ers now look to bounce back behind the quarterback who took part in the team's first home shutout loss in 33 years.
It's not all on Troy Smith to get the 49ers back on track after their 21-0 defeat by Tampa Bay last week, but he's a pretty good place to start.
If Smith is to remain secure as the team's starter, the fourth-year veteran needs to return to the winning form he displayed in his first two starts when the 49ers visit Arizona on Monday.
It could be his last chance to make a lasting impression. With his job on the line, head coach Mike Singletary has already said that he will not hesitate to pull the trigger on a healthy Alex Smith, who has finally been cleared to play after a soldier injury.
Published at 10:51 AM PST on Nov 26, 2010 | Updated at 9:41 PM PST on Nov 27, 2010