The San Francisco 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs and play against quarterback Alex Smith for the first time since trading him away.
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The San Francisco 49ers returned to contender status as they improved their record to 2-2 with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles, who were 3-0 heading into that game.
Despite them still missing linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, the 49ers shined on defense by holding the Eagles offense to zero points. All 21 of the Eagles’ points came on special teams and defense.
The 49ers received a solid outing from quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns with one interception on 17-of-30 passing.
The running game performed well as running back Frank Gore rushed for 119 yards on 24 carries, and Kaepernick added another 58 yards on seven carries.
The 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in their next game, marking their first match against quarterback Alex Smith, who was supplanted as the 49ers’ starting quarterback by Kaepernick in 2012 before being traded.
Smith has proven to be a solid signal caller in Kansas City, and he has been nearly flawless in his past two games with six touchdowns. He led the Chiefs to a 41-14 upset over the New England Patriots.
Running back Jamaal Charles also looked healthy again as he rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and Knile Davis led the Chiefs in rushing with 107 yards on 16 carries. Tight end Travis Kelce also shined with 93 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.
Although whether Kaepernick or Smith being the superior quarterback is still up for debate, the 49ers have momentum, home-field advantage and a dominant defense on their side.
Prediction: 49ers 23, Chiefs 16