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April 4, 2013
Hello, old friend: 49ers to visit Alex Smith and Chiefs in preseason


The NFL knows a juicy preseason game when it sees one.

The 49ers' second warm-up game in August will be in Kansas City against former quarterback Alex Smith, the league announced today. After eight seasons in San Francisco, the 49ers traded Smith to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick (no. 34 overall) this year and a conditional pick in 2014.

Smith is now the Chiefs' starter. First-string players typically don't play for very long in exhibition games. However, the Chiefs have a new quarterback, a new head coach and a new offense, and Smith's time under center against the 49ers likely will be significant.

The 49ers made Smith the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2005. He was in the midst of his best season in 2012 when a concussion set forth a series of event that ended with Colin Kaepernick as the starter and Smith on the bench. Receiver Michael Crabtree spoke last week about a divide in the 49ers locker room immediately after that decision was made. Oddly, the 49ers-Chiefs preseason game will not be televised nationally. Instead, the following week's game, on Aug. 25, will be nationally televised at 5 p.m. on NBC.

For the second straight season, the 49ers will not play the Raiders after violence in the stands and parking lot in 2011 put a hiatus on the rivalry. The dates of the games will be announced at a later date.

Preseason schedule:

vs. Denver
at Kansas City
vs. Minnesota (Aug. 25)
at San Diego

The regular-season schedule will be released later this month. The 49ers already know they will play the Jaguars in London on Oct. 27, and the game preceding that one likely will be in the eastern time zone (at Redskins?) as well.

Home: vs. Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Colts, Texans, Packers, Falcons, Panthers

Away: at Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Redskins, Jaguars, Titans, Buccaneers, Saints

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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