Alex Smith's exemplary second half Sunday in Houston earned him more playing time. He'll be the 49ers' starting quarterback this Sunday in Indianapolis and probably for the rest of the season if the quality of his play holds up.
Coach Mike Singletary wasted no time in his Monday press conference to name Smith the starter for the Colts game based on the way he played in rallying the 49ers in the second half at Houston.
"Alex Smith will be the quarterback," Singletary said. "We're not going to be flavor of the month with this guy this week, that guy next week. I had to make a decision based on what I feel gives us the best chance to win."