Smith, Ma­homes solid be­fore 49ers rally past Chiefs, 27-17

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Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a quick touch­down and first-round pick Pa­trick Ma­homes II had an im­pres­sive de­but, be­fore the San Fran­cisco back­ups led the 49ers to a 27 -17 vic­tory over Kansas City in their pre­sea­son opener Fri­day night.

Smith hit speed­ster Tyreek Hill for a 32-yard gain on the first play of the game, and Spencer Ware capped a 75-yard march with a short TD run to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.

It was the only se­ries for Smith, who fin­ished 4 of 6 for 48 yards.

Ma­homes checked in for the first time late in the sec­ond quar­ter, draw­ing per­haps the big­gest roar of the night. The 10th over­all draft pick had a long com­ple­tion wiped out by a penalty on his first play, but later cap­i­tal­ized on a blocked punt with a short touch­down throw to fel­low rookie Mar­cus Kemp.

Ma­homes was 7 of 9 for 49 yards as he du­els with Tyler Bray for the No. 2 job. San Fran­cisco rookie C.J. Beathard hit Ken­drick Bourne for a 46yard TD pass in the fourth quar­ter, then found him for a ty­ing two-point con­ver­sion. The Chiefs promptly fum­bled the ball back and Beathard added a short TD pass to Tyler Mc­Closkey with 10:41 left to give the 49ers the lead for good.

Beathard, a third-round pick, out­played both quar­ter­backs ahead of him on the depth chart. Brian Hoyer did lit­tle to make new 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han feel good about giv­ing the long­time NFL jour­ney­man the start­ing job at the on­set of train­ing camp. He was 1 of 4 for three yards in two of­fen­sive se­ries, go­ing three-and­out on both of them.

Barkley was first off the bench and led San Fran­cisco to a pair of field goals, play­ing roughly two quarters. He was 10 of 17 for 168 yards with­out any major mis­takes.

Bray was first off the bench for Kansas City. He had an 83-yard TD pass to Chris Con­ley wiped out by of­fen­sive pass in­ter­fer­ence, then had an er­rant throw picked off. The fifth-year quar­ter­back, who has yet to ap­pear in a reg­u­larsea­son game, fin­ished 5 of 8 for 63 yards.


Run­ning back Car­los Hyde car­ried twice for San Fran­cisco be­fore giv­ing way to Matt Breida and Joe Wil­liams, a pair of rook­ies com­pet­ing for the No. 2 job. Wil­liams ap­peared to do more with fewer chances, show­ing im­pres­sive burst in the open field.


Sam Ficken han­dled kick­ing du­ties for Kansas City while Cairo San­tos deals with a groin in­jury. The former Penn State star hit a 45-yard field goal in the third quar­ter.

AIL­ING CHIEFS: All-Pro S Eric Berry did not suit up af­ter miss­ing sev­eral prac­tices with a heel in­jury. He was joined on the side­line by DE Chris Jones, LB Tamba Hali and NT Ben­nie Lo­gan, all of whom are deal­ing with knee in­juries. TE Travis Kelce also was out with swelling in his knee. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been op­ti­mistic that all of them will be ready for the regular sea­son.


The 49ers were with­out a pair of starters in the sec­ondary with FS Jim­mie Ward (ham­string) on the PUP list and CB Don­tae John­son side­lined with a con­cus­sion. DT DeFor­est Buck­ner left af­ter the first se­ries with an an­kle in­jury.— AP

KANSAS CITY: San Fran­cisco 49ers wide re­ceiver Tevin Jones (6) catches a 2-point con­ver­sion against Kansas City Chiefs de­fen­sive back J.R. Nel­son (30) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL pre­sea­son foot­ball game in Kansas City, Mo., Fri­day. —AP

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