Smith, Mahomes solid before 49ers rally past Chiefs, 27-17
Associated Press - August 12, 2017 8:23 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith performed his job flawlessly against his former team Friday night.
Then, the Chiefs quarterback sat back and watched his understudies.
First-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes II led the Kansas City Chiefs to a third-quarter touchdown, and outplayed veteran backup Tyler Bray, before the San Francisco 49ers rallied behind their own second-stringers for a 27-17 victory in the preseason opener for both teams.
Then it was Mahomes’ turn.
The first QB taken by the Chiefs in the first round in 34 years, he drew perhaps the biggest roars of the night. And while his first long completion was wiped out by a holding penalty, Mahomes later took advantage of 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 Bray for the No. 2 job.
San Francisco rookie C.J. Beathard experienced many of the same feelings in his debut.
He wound up with a better outcome, too.
The third-round pick hit Kendrick Bourne for a 46-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, then found him for a tying 2-point conversion. The Chiefs promptly fumbled the ball back and Beathard added a short TD pass to Tyler McCloskeywith 10:41 left to give the 49ers the lead for good.
Beathard outplayed both quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart.
Brian Hoyer failed to make new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan feel good about giving the longtime NFL journeyman the starting job early in training camp. He was 1 of 4 for 3 yards in two series.
Matt Barkley got the first shot after Hoyer and led San Francisco to two field goals, playing roughly two quarters. He was 10 of 17 for 168 yards without any major mistakes.