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Aldon Smith has epic game for San Francisco 49ers

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.

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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.

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