"I felt like it was extremely late," Smith told reporters, per ESPN.com. "I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback."
The hit came late in the third quarter as Smith stepped up in the pocket after avoiding an initial blitz from Mitchell. Smith then checked down to a wide-open Kareem Hunt, who took the pass 37 yards, a whole second before the QB was taken down from behind by Mitchell at his knees. Smith immediately got up to jaw at Mitchell, and the safety was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer.
"I don't think this is a first offense, either," Smith continued. "I think when you start looking at ... repeat offenders, I think when they get shots at quarterbacks, they're going to take them."
Mitchell saw the whole situation differently.
"I'm not a dirty player," Mitchell said Monday. "The video shows what it shows. I wasn't trying to take Alex Smith's knees out. I went up to him and told him that. ... It's just one of those things you don't want to see in the football game."