It was a near record setting performance by Alex Smith on Monday Night Football, following a 24-3 victory for his San Francisco 49ers against the Arizona Cardinals. I say near record setting, because the NFL has upheld the initial ruling made by the referees, even after the call was challenged by the 49ers.
On Monday night, Smith completed an impressive 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished the game one pass attempt shy of qualifying for the NFL record for highest completion percentage in one game. Due to a failed challenge by the 49ers, that record still belongs to former Cardinals and St. Louis Rams and New York Giants quarterback, Kurt Warner. When he was with the Cardinals, Warner completed 24 of 26 passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars for the best completion percentage in a single NFL contest.
That is not because San Francisco did not try to reverse the initial ruling on the field in one play in particular.
In the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win, Smith tossed the ball to Michael Crabtree. It was ruled a lateral on the field during the game, which appeared to be the right call. After further review by the NFL, the ruling has been upheld, as the NFL has declined the challenge of the 49ers that it was a forward pass.
Maybe next time, if the 49ers really care about records that much, they will make sure to call one more short pass play or screen that would have gotten their player the record.
Someone fell asleep on the job.