In last-ditch effort, 49ers turn back to Alex Smith

With the San Francisco 49ers fighting to keep their ever so slim playoff chances alive, and Mike Singletary battling to keep his ever so slim chances of maintaining his job, a quarterback change is afoot.

The 49ers will make the switch from Troy Smith to Alex Smith when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com. It’s a must-win game for the 49ers (4-8) who trail the Seahawks and St. Louis Rams by two games in the downtrodden NFC West.

Troy Smith started the last five games as the Niners went 3-2, but they were outgunned this past Sunday in a 34-16 loss at Green Bay, and surely the team is seeking a spark down the stretch. Alex Smith has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and is now healthy. He should do a better job of distributing the ball than Troy Smith, who seemed to lock on to Michael Crabtree and had trouble integrating talented tight end Vernon Davis. It’s a chance for Alex Smith, the former No. 1 overall pick from 2005, to make an impression too.

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