Alex Smith came in against his former team treating it like it was any other game. He completed 7 out of 16 passing attempts for 62 yards and played in the first two quarters. Head coach Jim Harbaugh wished Smith the best for the upcoming season.
"It felt like going against my brother which I had the opportunity to do," Jim Harbaugh said on seeing Alex Smith being the opposing quarterback. "Seeing him and being around him, watching him compete was very exciting. [We] wish him great success. We'll be following him and he looked good out there and in control with good command on throws."
Smith had three of his passes dropped by Chiefs receivers when the throws should have been caught. The 49ers also sacked him three times. He finished the game with a 54.7 quarterback rating.
In the second game of the preseason, the 49ers defeated the Chiefs 15-13 for their first win. This wasn't a game that went easy though, as Scott Tolzien and Colt McCoy looked shaky after Kaepernick was on the field for only four snaps.
In the backup role, Colt McCoy showed his quickness with two scrambles for 21 and 13 yards in the second quarter. It was able to set up a 55-yard field goal by Phil Dawson to bring the 49ers within four points to make it 10-6 in the second quarter.
Kansas City took advantage of a turnover when Colt McCoy threw a ball intended for A.J. Jenkins. Chiefs CB Sean Smith picked it off on the inside and the Chiefs had the ball inside the 49ers 25-yard line for good position. Ryan Succop would add a 23-yard field goal and 13-6 would be the score at halftime.
McCoy finished the game with three completions on six attempts for only 35 yards. He had more yards with his legs than with his arm to go with the interception.
Scott Tolzien had trouble throughout the game going 3 for 8 with for 30 yards. Throughout the entire first half, the Chiefs had their first-team defense and offense on the field.
On their first possession, the 49ers came out of the gate when Frank Gore changed directions from right to left with a 52-yard run on the team’s first play from scrimmage. The first possession was the only one for Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin and Frank Gore.
"That was Frank being Frank," said Kaepernick. "[Our] offensive line did a great job out there and everyone was helping him out."
The first team offense stayed on the field for three more plays as their possession ended with a 42-yard field goal from Phil Dawson to open the scoring 3-0. Kaepernick overthrew a wide open Chad Hall which would've been a touchdown on third down before the kick.
The Chiefs answered immediately with a 104-yard kickoff return by Quintin Demps. It was the first time the 49ers special teams unit allowed a large kickoff return since the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens.
It took 26 minutes into the game for a wide receiver to catch a ball with Chad Hall coming down with a 21 yard pass from Scott Tolzien. Alex Smith and all 49ers quarterbacks failed to hit a receiver up until that point.
Parys Haralson was a spark for the third quarter with a blocked punt, giving the 49ers good field position deep into Chiefs territory. The drive stalled as Dawson nailed his second 55-yard field goal of the game to bring the score closer at 13-9.
In the fourth quarter, B.J. Daniels led a 14-play, 90 yard drive which was fueled by two third down conversion passes to Lavelle Hawkins. Jewel Hampton had a 25-yard run which put the 49ers on the fringe of being in the red zone for the only time of the game. Daniels found Chuck Jacobs in the left corner of the end zone for 14 yards, which was the team’s only touchdown as it put the 49ers up for good.
"Saw an opportunity to work on something this week," said Jacobs. "B.J. told me the play and told me to go for it. I'll be going back to look at film and check myself out and see what I did from a positive and negative standpoint."
All eyes were on second-year player A.J. Jenkins as he struggled in this game to record a reception. Jenkins would've had a 21-yard reception that would put the 49ers in the red zone, but it was called back by a holding penalty on Daniel Kilgore. Harbaugh said Jenkins did everything right despite being covered well by Sean Smith for majority of the night.
"I thought AJ had a step on [Sean Smith during the interception]," said Harbaugh. "The throw should've been out in front of him, not a back shoulder attempt. I thought he did okay and it's a step. He was in shape and he gave good effort."
Defensively, the 49ers didn't allow a touchdown for the second consecutive preseason game in a row. They only allowed one field goal through an offensive drive, while the second field goal was given up due to the interception.
The offense was who struggled from this game as well as the special teams. Besides allowing the kickoff touchdown, the punt coverage unit allowed a 52-yard return by Devon Wylie in the third quarter. There was also a blocked PAT right after Daniels' touchdown pass to Chuck Jacobs.
Despite all the struggles in parts of the game, Harbaugh said he liked what he saw from the defense overall.
"Offensive plays negated big plays by penalty and that's a concern," said Harbaugh. "The number one thing in these games is to win. The second thing is get better and see improvement. It's something we made an emphasis about and it's concerning. [On defense], several players did well. It's a plus-plus on defensive side again."
-Defensively, the star players were Perrish Cox and Michael Wilhoite who were both solid in coverage throughout the game.
-Jewel Hampton got majority of the carries in the second half, but was ineffective mostly with the exception of a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.
-Corey Lemonier did well as a pass rusher on the right side attacking the quarterback. He was used on blitzes and delivered pressure when he was on the field.
-Lawrence Okoye came into the game when it was the fourth quarter, but did very little.
-Jonathan Goodwin botched a snap in the first quarter, but Scott Tolzien was able to fall on the ball.
-Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Bubba Ventrone, Vance McDonald and Kendall Hunter did not participate in the game. Joe Staley was seen on the first possession after he returned to practice on Wednesday.
-Nick Moody was a good tackling machine. He kept everything in front of him when a player came his way.
-The second-team offensive line struggled with holding penalties and couldn't create holes for the running game.
-Eric Reid played well and didn't allow a reception his way. He blitzed when the Chiefs were in the red zone and forced an incompletion by Alex Smith when delivering pressure.