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NFL: 49ers crush Bills 45-3

Published October 7, 2012 8:28 pm

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San Francisco • Joe Montana never did it. Neither did Steve Young or Y.A. Tittle. Even the architect of the West Coast offense, Bill Walsh, could only imagine such a massive mark.

Of all the Hall of Fame quarterbacks and coaches in the history of the San Francisco 49ers, leave it to Alex Smith and Jim Harbaugh to set a new standard.

Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and the 49ers amassed a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3 on Sunday.

San Francisco also became the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing.

"Very cool," Smith said. "When you think of the 49ers, you think of great offense."

Michael Crabtree (seven catches for 113 yards) and Vernon Davis (seven catches for 106 yards) each eclipsed the century mark to pull San Francisco (4-1) into a tie with Arizona for the NFC West lead.

Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall pick out of Utah, threw TD passes of 43, 28 and 10 yards and surpassed 300 yards passing for only the third time in his career — and first in a victory. The last time came when he had 309 yards in a loss at Philadelphia two years ago — "a completely different world," he said — in former coach Mike Singletary's final season.

"Quarterback was near perfect," Harbaugh said.

Rian Lindell kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter before the 49ers scored the final 42 points to hand Buffalo (2-3) its second straight embarrassing loss. San Francisco's previous best was 598 yards in a 34-31 loss to the Bills on Sept. 13, 1992, which also was Buffalo's worst. 49ers 45,Bills 3

Buffalo 0 3 0 0 — 3

San Francisco 3 14 7 21 — 45

First Quarter

SF • FG Akers 19, 7:25.

Second Quarter

Buf • FG Lindell 31, 10:46.

SF • K.Williams 43 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 9:54.

SF • Crabtree 28 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), :24.

Third Quarter

SF • Gore 1 run (Akers kick), 9:06.

Fourth Quarter

SF • Manningham 10 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 14:12.

SF • Kaepernick 16 run (Akers kick), 9:55.

SF • Dixon 3 run (Akers kick), 1:11.

Attendance • 69,732.

Buf SF

First downs 10 29

Total Net Yards 204 621

Rushes-yards 19-89 38-311

Passing 115 310

Punt Returns 1-28 3-19

Kickoff Returns 2-87 2-45

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-4

Comp-Att-Int 16-26-1 19-25-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-11 0-0

Punts 6-47.7 2-56.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 5-30 7-53

Time of Possession 23:43 36:17

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Buffalo, B.Smith 1-35, F.Jackson 9-29, Spiller 7-24, Fitzpatrick 2-1. San Francisco, Gore 14-106, Hunter 11-81, Ale.Smith 3-49, Kaepernick 4-39, Dixon 4-21, Miller 1-9, K.Williams 1-6.

Passing • Buffalo, Fitzpatrick 16-26-1-126. San Francisco, Ale.Smith 18-24-0-303, Kaepernick 1-1-0-7.

Receiving • Buffalo, St.Johnson 6-39, Chandler 4-40, Graham 2-28, Jones 2-13, F.Jackson 1-5, B.Smith 1-1. San Francisco, Crabtree 6-113, V.Davis 5-106, Manningham 4-26, K.Williams 2-50, Moss 1-11, Celek 1-4.