Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

CHIEFS: Smith solid, Mahomes throws first touchdown in loss to 49ers

CHIEFS: Smith solid, Mahomes throws first touchdown in loss to 49ers

In his National Football League head-coaching debut, Kyle Shanahan watched as Alex Smith and the Chiefs marched 75 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive, largely at the expense of Rashard Robinson, whom the 49ers are counting on to be their top cornerback this season. Yes, it was a small sample size as the bulk of the starters on both sides of the ball played just two series each and were out of the game before the end of the first quarter.

Robinson has had trouble keeping pace with receiver Marquise Goodwin in training-camp practices this summer.

49ers 9, Chiefs 7 - While the Chiefs' red zone defense has kept the 49ers out of the end zone, San Francisco has its first lead of the game after nailing its third field goal of the game. Sam Ficken will be the starting kicker when San Francisco travels to Kansas City for the preseason opener. They finished with 17 penalties for 131 yards. The drive consisted of 8 plays and 75 yards. Boom. First preseason touchdown as a Chief.

Here at Niner Noise, we want you to make us a part of your in-game enjoyment. The Niners don't have much depth at the position and even if it's unfair, they need Robinson to play at the level of a top corner sooner than later. The 49ers committed eight penalties for 65 yards in the first half alone.

"I think it is important that the quarterbacks use this time - especially a new quarterback that has not gone through this - to go through it and see what you can get away with", Reid said. "We've got to clean that stuff up before we score".

Chiefs coach Andy Reid will start Alex Smith before he gives way to Tyler Bray in the second quarter. That was evident again Friday as Robinson had a 63-yard catch-and-run and had a touchdown wiped out by a penalty.

But if the Chiefs fall short, and Reid elects to move on from Smith after this year, the next man up will be Mahomes, who has a long way to go but still put the things he does best on full display Friday night.

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