Defensive end Justin Smith: durable, hard-working ... clairvoyant?
That's what Jim Harbaugh suggested in his press conference today when describing Smith's victory-preserving batted pass at game's end. Here's Harbaugh's account:
"The neat thing about it - and these things don't show up in the stats - they don't show up in tackles for loss, etc. But Justin - Justin's walking out onto the field. He's walking out with Ray (McDonald). He's telling Ray, 'Ray, be conscious of the B gap. Stay in your lane. Take away the B gap. Keep your hands up. He's going to throw it in the B gap.' How Justin Smith knows that? It's an example of him thinking through the game and communicating that to Ray. And sure enough, Eli (Manning) sets up and he was trying to hit the little short post throw right through the B gap. And there is Justin to knock it down."
-- Matt Barrows