When they're on the field together, Justin Smith regularly consumes blockers to free up Aldon Smith, who has 19.5 sacks on the season but was held to zero against the Seahawks. In a sense, Aldon gets the glory while Justin does the grunt work. Not on Sunday night. The Seahawks didn't try to dance around San Francisco's proven pass rush -- they ran right into it. One reason 49ers teammate Carlos Rogers called Justin Smith "one of the MVPs" of the defense.
"He demands a double team, he'll get after the quarterback," Rogers said. "When (opponents) scout our defense and talk about our D-line, they're going to scout Justin. He makes it easier for our linebackers. He makes it easier for Aldon (Smith) to get sacks. He's a big part of our defense. But the thing about it is the next guy's going to step up. We can't use Justin being out as an excuse."