Aldon Smith has epic game for San Francisco 49ers
- By Dan Hanzus
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.
- Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 at 01:54 a.m.
We already knew Aldon Smith was a scary good pass rusher for the San Francisco 49ers. We got a peek at the talented defensive end's ceiling on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.
At least, we think it was his ceiling.
Smith finished with 5.5 sacks of Bears quarterback Jason Campbell, putting up an all-time defensive stat line in a 32-7 victory at Candlestick Park. No player's ever had more sacks on the "Monday Night Football" stage.
Smith has an NFL-leading 15 sacks on the season and 28.5 sacks in his first 26 career games. That's the most production in a player's first 26 games since sacks became a recorded stat in 1982.
Late in the fourth quarter, ESPN cameras captured right tackle Gabe Carimi staring into the abyss on the Bears sideline. Smith treated Carimi -- listed at 6-foot-7 and 314 pounds -- like a rag doll all night. It was a beating both physical and psychological. Smith was simply playing at another level.