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Football: Relentless Justin Smith leads Niners stellar D

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)-Justin Smith bull-rushed Jermon Bushrod, driving the 315-pound NFL offensive lineman into the backfield as if he were a rag doll, reached over his shoulder and dragged quarterback Drew Brees to the ground to force an incomplete pass.

The play in last week's playoff win over New Orleans showcased the skills that have made Smith the leader on the San Francisco defense that has led the 49ers to the NFC championship game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

There is the brute strength that allows him to overpower opponents, the athleticism that leads to his big …

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