Singletary enjoys Troy story
Unheralded QB stars in San Francisco's Wembley win
Last Updated: 01/11/10 12:31pm
Applause: Singletary's decision to start Troy Smith paid off
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary paid tribute to quarterback Troy Smith after he inspired a 24-16 victory over the Denver Broncos at Wembley.
"It's kind of like watching Brett Favre."
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Third-year pro Smith, making his first start of the season due to an injury to first choice Alex Smith, engineered a fourth-quarter comeback from 10-3 down.
It all started with a risky 38-yard completion to Delanie Walker when he scrambled out of the pocket and then released his throw across his body under pressure, Walker hauling it in under pressure at the one-yard line.
Smith took it into the end zone himself on the next series and the 49ers quickly added two further touchdowns courtesy of a Michael Crabtree catch and Frank Gore run.
"It's kind of like watching Brett Favre," said Singletary, whose side have now improved to 2-6.
"I don't want to put him in the same light, but sometimes he makes a decision to throw a ball, I'm not going to go over there and said, 'Don't do it'.
"I might go over there and say, 'Be careful'. But the kid made a play."
Smith, a Heisman Trophy winner in college who made just two starts during his first two NFL seasons in Baltimore, enjoyed the London experience.
"This trip was a tremendous trip," he said.
"The people here in London are tremendous people and they obviously love football just as much as we do."