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49ers Contain Alex Smith

Posted Aug 16, 2013

The defense sacked Alex Smith three times in the first half of Friday's game.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Colin Kaepernick began his night with a reunion with his former mentor, Alex Smith.

The 49ers defense, however, didn’t get an opportunity to exchange pregame pleasantries with Smith. But they did greet him often in the Week 2 preseason matchup against Smith’s new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.

San Francisco’s defense limited the opposition to 92 yards in the first half.

Smith was pressured constantly by a variety of San Francisco’s first- and second-team defenders.

Smith, the 49ers No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was sacked three times in his first matchup against his old club. He also did not lead his new team on any touchdown drives, just two first-half field goals that gave Kansas City a 13-6 halftime advantage.

“He looked in control,” Jim Harbaugh said of Smith on the field at halftime. “He looked very efficient, very much in charge, the same Alex that we came to know and love.”

Kaepernick, the current starting quarterback of the 49ers played one series, but spent time pregame conversing with San Francisco’s former starter, Smith, hours before kickoff.

Both players spoke at the 45-yard line for about five minutes and finished the talk with a hug. 


Shortly after, Harbaugh came over to Smith’s side of the field, gave him a hearty pat on the back and then spoke with his former signal-caller, too.

"It felt a lot like going against my brother," the 49ers coach said. "This was differnet. It was personal in the best kind of way."

The friendliness quickly turned to competitiveness between both sides.

Smith and the Chiefs picked up a 4th-and-short from their own 36-yard line on the opening drive of the game. Rookie running back Knile Davis, who got the start for Jamaal Charles, picked up three yards over right guard to move the chains.

Despite the conversion, the 49ers held on the ensuing 3rd-and-11 and forced a Kansas City punt.

San Francisco remained strong against Smith on Kansas City’s second possession.

With nine of the team’s defensive starters out of the game, except for inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite and free safety Craig Dahl, the 49ers forced another punt from the Smith-led Chiefs. A cornerback blitz from Perrish Cox ensured that Smith would face another long down and distance on the drive. Cox came free from the right side of the field and sacked Smith for a 10-yard loss.

On Smith’s third possession of the first quarter, Kansas City picked up 15 yards thanks to a special teams penalty called on second-year safety Trenton Robinson. With good field position, Smith completed a key 9-yard pass to Dexter McCluster to get a first-down at San Francisco’s 35-yard line.

Smith, however, twice overthrew deep balls intended for Jonathan Baldwin and the Chiefs were forced to settle for a 47-yard field goal from Ryan Succop.

Despite Kaepernick only playing one series and attempting two passes, Smith remained in the game to start the second quarter. 

Smith’s next drive resulted in a punt. Nnamdi Asomugha applied pressure from the right side of the field forcing the Chiefs quarterback to roll out of the pocket and throw low to his intended receiver. Asomugha also applied a strong his to the former 49ers signal-caller.


Smith remained in the game late in the second quarter, but was sacked again on his next series. This time it was third-round pick Corey Lemonier using a spin move to beat No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, Kansas City’s starting right tackle, to record a sack on Smith.

The Chiefs again were forced to punt.

Following a 49ers turnover, Smith received the ball deep in 49ers territory. Kansas City picked up a 15-yard penalty when second-year defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie was flagged for striking the Chiefs quarterback in the head.

But in the red zone, rookie Eric Reid blitzed up the middle and forced an incomplete third-down pass from Smith. It forced a 23-yard Succop field goal, giving Kansas City a 13-6 lead.

Smith’s drives went punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt and the final drive of the first half saw the clock run out when Parys Haralson sacked his former teammate, beating Fisher off the right edge.

Smith’s final numbers: 7 of 16 for 62 yards (3.9 yard average) and a quarterback rating of 54.7. He was sacked three times on 33 first-half plays.

Harbaugh and the rest of the 49ers will pay close attention to Smith's season.

"We'll be following him," he said.


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