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By: AP
By: AP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- All the spotlight Sunday at Candlestick Park will be on Brett Favre. And that's perfectly fine with San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith is content to quietly go about his business this preseason to make sure he's prepared come Sept. 12, when the 49ers open the season at Seattle.
Smith had a forgettable start in last Sunday's 37-17 victory at Indianapolis in which David Carr, his backup and fellow former No. 1 draft pick, and No. 3 QB Nate Davis rallied the Niners to 34 straight points.
Smith, who was promoted to starter last Oct. 25 and handed the reins this season, was 3 of 9 for 37 yards and managed only two first downs for a 7.4 quarterback rating. He knows that won't cut it for a team that is desperate to get back to the postseason.


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