CRACKING THE TOP 10 PLAYERS OF 2013
Aldon is no ordinary Mr. Smith. The seventh pick in the 2011 NFL Draft has developed into one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. He gave Michael Strahan’s all-time single season sack record an epic chase with 19.5 sacks in 2012, and now he's one of the top 10 players on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013. Tune in to NFL Network this Thursday at 8pm EST to see how high Aldon ranks on the list, and scroll down to relive all of the best moments from his incredible 2012 season.
WEEK 17 VS. CARDINALS
Aldon Smith failed to record a sack in the 49ers regular season finale, but the 49ers won and thanks to the Green Bay Packers loss, earned a first round bye in the playoffs. Sack totals through sixteen games: Strahan 22.5, Smith 19.5. Visit Game Center for more on Cardinals at 49ers.
WEEK 16 VS. SEAHAWKS
Aldon Smith was quieted in a week 16 trip to Seattle, where Russell Wilson and the Seahawks rang up 42 points against the 49ers. It was the second game in a row in which Smith didn’t record a sack. Sack totals through fifteen games: Strahan 21.5, Smith 19.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Seahawks.
WEEK 15 VS. PATRIOTS
In a wild 41-34 win over the New England Patriots, Aldon Smith was held sack-less, but did snag the first interception of his career. Sack totals through fourteen games: Strahan 18, Smith 19.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Patriots.
WEEK 14 VS. DOLPHINS
Aldon Smith asserted his will against the Miami Dolphins offensive line, tallying six tackles and two sacks along the way to San Francisco’s 27-13 win. Sack totals through thirteen games: Strahan 17, Smith 19.5. Visit Game Center for more on Dolphins at 49er.
WEEK 13 VS. RAMS
The San Francisco 49ers suffered a tough loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams in week 13, but Smith was still able to keep his sack total piling up as he got to Sam Bradford once in the loss. Sack totals through twelve games: Strahan 16.5, Smith 17.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Rams.
WEEK 12 VS. SAINTS
Aldon Smith was able to get to Drew Brees for a total of 1.5 sacks as the 49ers dealt a serious blow to the Saints playoffs hopes with a 31-21 win. Sack totals through eleven games: Strahan 15.5, Smith 16.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Saints.
WEEK 11 VS. BEARS
Aldon Smith was in the Chicago Bears backfield almost as much as Jason Campbell as the 49ers dominated the Bears 32-7. Smith recorded a season high 5.5 sacks, and also forced two fumbles as he continuously terrorized the Bears offense. Sack totals through ten games: Strahan 15, Smith 15. Visit Game Center for more on Bears at 49ers.
WEEK 10 VS. RAMS
A tie. Yes, the 49ers and Rams finished in a 24-24 tie. Smith pulled down two sacks and six tackles. Sack totals: Strahan 15, Smith 10.5. Visit Game Center for more on Rams at 49ers.
WEEK 8 VS. CARDINALS
The 49ers defense held the Arizona Cardinals to only three points the entire game. Aldon Smith recorded two sacks and six tackles helping the 49ers to a 24-3 victory. Sack totals through eight games: Strahan 14, Smith 7.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Cardinals.
WEEK 7 VS. SEAHAWKS
A grind it out-type of game that saw the 49ers edge out the Seahawks 13-6. Smith was back with four tackles and a sack. Sack totals through seven games: Strahan 12.5, Smith 5.5 Visit Game Center for more on Seahawks at 49ers.
WEEK 6 VS. GIANTS
The New York Giants hushed the 49ers offense with a 26-3 victory. Smith had another quiet game with no sacks. Sacks total through six games: Strahan 10.5, Smith 4.5. Visit Game Center for more on Giants at 49ers.
WEEK 5 VS. BILLS
The 49ers clobbered the Buffalo Bills 45-3. However, Smith was quiet only tallying a single tackle and no sacks. Sack totals through five games: Strahan 8.5, Smith 4.5 Visit Game Center for more on Bills at 49ers.
WEEK 4 VS. JETS
Aldon Smith came to Metlife Stadium with a mission. And he delivered sacking the Jets twice and forcing a fumble. The 49ers dominated the Jets 34-0. Sacks total through four games: Strahan 4.5, Smith 4.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Jets.
WEEK 3 VS. VIKINGS
Smith had a low key performance not registering a single sack. The 49ers were overwhelmed by the Minnesota Vikings 24-13. Sacks through three games: Strahan 3, Smith 2.5. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Vikings.
WEEK 2 VS. LIONS
Aldon Smith introduced himself to Lions quarterback Matt Stafford recording 1.5 sacks. The 49ers won 27-19 over the Detroit Lions. Sack totals through two games: Strahan 0. Smith 2.5.Visit Game Center for more on Lions vs 49er.
WEEK 1 VS. PACKERS
Aldon Smith recorded 1 sack in his first game of the 2012 season. San Francisco defeated Green Bay 30-22. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Packers