49ers will stick with Troy Smith for this week

The San Francisco 49ers, who have climbed back into the NFC West race largely by virtue of the fact that the rest of the division stinks, will roll with Troy Smith at quarterback for this coming Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Coach Mike Singletary made the announcement at his press conference this afternoon, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Smith passes for 356 yards on Sunday as the 49ers used overtime to topple the division rival St. Louis Rams. The game, which will be played at Candlestick Park, will be the third straight start for Smith.

Alex Smith, the club’s former No. 1 overall draft pick, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and should be ready to return soon. That is when it will get mighty interesting for the embattled Singeltary. He has to view this as a must-win game. The Niners are 3-6 and trail division-leading Seattle by only two games. The Bucs will enter the game 6-3, but they’re a very young team. If either of these clubs is making plans for playing in mid-January, they need to win this game.

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