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Alex Smith struggles against defense as 49ers win 15-13

  • Alex Smith finished 7 of 16 for 62 yards in the first half against his former teammates. (ED ZURGA / Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh sought out Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on Friday night, warmly greeting him on the field before their preseason game.

It was the kindest the 49ers were to their former teammate all night.

Smith struggled against a relentless pass rush while playing the entire first half for Kansas City, even taking a couple wicked shots from the San Francisco defense, and then watched as backup quarterback B.J. Daniels threw a late touchdown pass to give the 49ers a 15-13 victory.

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“It was different, definitely different,” Smith said. “Those are guys I played a long time with and know very well. There was a lot of talking out there, back and forth from a lot of guys.”

It turned out to be a strange reunion for Harbaugh, too.

“It felt a lot like going against my brother,” he said. “It was different. It was personal, in the best kind of way. I wish him great success and health. We'll be following him.”

Great success and health? Hardly.

Smith was wrestled to the ground at least half a dozen times by the 49ers' defense, the most vicious blow coming in the second quarter, when defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie leveled a helmet-to-helmet hit. He was flagged for a personal foul on the play.

All the pressure prevented the Chiefs from moving the ball the way they did last week in New Orleans, when the No. 1 offense scored a touchdown on its only drive in a 17-13 defeat.

Smith was just 7 of 16 for 62 yards through the air.

“Listen, I expect us to score every time we have the ball,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I don't expect any less than that. So did I expect more? Yeah.”

Phil Dawson hit all three of his field-goal attempts for the 49ers, two of them 55-yarders, while the Chiefs' Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown.

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