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Smith's and Davis' 49ers careers lead to one shining moment

Alex Smith and Vernon Davis entered the NFL one year apart. Their careers have always seemed to mirror one another.

Until Saturday, Smith had been labeled a former No. 1 overall bust who played well enough in 2011 to receive the ultimate backhanded compliment of "game manager."

Until Saturday, Davis' up-and-down career was best known for a Mike Singletary tirade he set off with one personal foul.

Then came Saturday's game-winning, last-minute throw and catch between the two in the 49ers' 36-32 win over the Saints in the divisional playoffs. Redemption? You bet.

Here's what Smith and Davis endured leading up to that thrilling moment.