KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
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.
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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
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
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.
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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
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
But in the red zone, rookie
Smith’s drives went punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt and the final drive of the first half saw the clock run out when
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.