GREEN BAY, Wis. — With the arrival of Randy Moss and a few other additions in the offseason, quarterback Alex Smith knew the San Francisco 49ers were serious about beefing up their passing game.
And while the 49ers aren't going to stray completely from the defense and running game-based formula that got them to the NFC Championship game last season, Smith hoped he gave future opponents a few things to think about with his play in Sunday's 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
"I take pride that we're going to be balanced," Smith said. "We're not going to be predictable. We're not going to be one-dimensional. We're got a lot of different players that can do a lot of different things. We're going to make you defend everything."
Smith was 20 of 26 for 211 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, spreading the ball around to six different receivers — including Moss and fellow offseason addition Mario Manningham.
"I thought he was great," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of Smith. "He used his legs, he used his arm, he used his mind, he used his toughness. Really accurate, was really efficient. Played a heck of a ballgame."
Smith got Moss involved early on, finding him wide open in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
It was a familiar — and painful — sight for Packers fans.
Moss turned his back to the crowd and pointed to the name on his jersey, opting for a more subdued celebration than the now-notorious fake mooning motion he made toward fans at Lambeau during his Minnesota Vikings days.
"Got a good look," Smith said. "We were looking for it and he just blew open. I think his eyes lit up bigger than mine. He made a great catch."
Facing a Packers team that lost only once in the 2011 regular season was a tough opening road test, the 49ers were more than ready.
"We were just tremendously on it today, and that was a big part of our victory," Harbaugh said.
Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown, and praised Smith's play afterward.
"He deserves it," Gore said of Smith. "Look at where he came from. People that know football, they should understand how tough it is for a quarterback to have five or six different (offensive) coordinators ... You see him grow in the second year of the same offense and I'm happy for my man. We came in together. He's my brother."
Things went so well for San Francisco that when David Akers tried a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half, it bounced off the crossbar and then kept going through the uprights to tie an NFL record.
"When you hit the goal post at any part it usually makes that horrific noise and then it usually bounces back," Akers said. "This time it got there. It was a sweet bounce. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime type of a deal."