Niners make change: Alex Smith in for Troy Smith

With their season on the line Sunday in St. Louis, tensions are running high for the 49ers. It has all led to coach Mike Singletary pulling QB Troy Smith for Alex Smith during the fourth quarter, hoping to pull out a season-extending win over the Rams.

The 49ers need wins in their final two games to punch their postseason ticket, and Singletary made the decision early last week to go back to Troy Smith as his starter over Alex Smith. That hasn’t quite worked out, though, as the Rams hold a 22-17 third-quarter lead and Troy Smith isn’t having the best of days, fumbling a shotgun snap in the end zone for a safety and throwing a fourth-quarter interception to a wide-open A.J. Otogwe (who plays for the Rams).

Following the pick, Singletary and Smith had a heated exchange on the sideline. There’s no way of knowing what was being said, but clearly, Smith wasn’t happy. Ted Ginn Jr. tried his best to play good Samaritan, somehow thinking Troy Smith could use a towel to the face.

If Singletary went over to Troy Smith with the intention of pulling him for Alex Smith, it didn’t happen immediately. But after three more series of Troy Smith, Singletary made the change.

We can’t wait for Singletary’s postgame explanation for going back to Alex Smith, whom he decided shouldn’t be the starter just days earlier.

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