San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is used to being a menace to opposing quarterbacks as a pass rusher, but in the win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night, the second-year player had a first. Smith recorded his first career interception and off of Tom Brady, no less.
After the 49ers extended their lead to 24-3 early in the third quarter, Smith picked off a tipped Brady pass to Aaron Hernandez on a screen. The interception led to another San Francisco touchdown to widen the lead to 28 points.
Smith's pick is one of just six interceptions Brady has thrown for this season. Teammate Carlos Rogers also picked off Brady earlier in the contest.
Smith had less success rushing Brady and failed to record a sack. After 14 games, he still has 19.5 sacks, three short of tying former New York Giant Michael Strahan's record for most in a single season.