"It was different, definitely different," Smith said. "Those are guys I played a long time with and know very well. There was a lot of talking out there, back and forth from a lot of guys."
It turned out to be a strange reunion for Harbaugh, too.
"It felt a lot like going against my brother," he said. "It was different. It was personal, in the best kind of way. I wish him great success and health. We'll be following him."
Great success and health? Hardly.
All the pressure prevented the Chiefs from moving the ball the way they did last week in New Orleans, when the No. 1 offense scored a touchdown on its only drive in a 17-13 defeat.
Smith was just 7 of 16 for 62 yards through the air.
"It was a little overthrown," Kaepernick said. "We got the perfect look."
"We'll see when we start practice on Sunday how I feel," Charles said. "I'm trying to get my body ready and back in shape."
The main story line, though, was Smith facing his former team.
Smith has mostly taken the high road when asked about how things went down. And if there was any lingering animosity, it seemed to dissolve when he spoke to Harbaugh before the game.
"The first time I ever played against my former team was in a preseason game and it was a great thrill," Harbaugh said. "I'm sure that he felt that tonight."
Once the game started, it was special teams that provided the thrills.
Demps, who's trying to solidify a job returning kicks for Kansas City, sent the first shock through a meager crowd at Arrowhead Stadium in the first quarter. He fielded a kickoff after the first of Dawson's field goals, found a crease and out-ran the coverage for a touchdown.
Notes: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (bruised knee) and CB Dunta Robinson (shoulder) left the game. ... RT Eric Fisher, the Chiefs' No. 1 overall pick, missed a few plays while getting his hand examined. ... Four of the 49ers' top seven draft picks didn't play due to injuries: DE Tank Carradine (knee), TE Vance McDonald (leg), RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) and DE Quinton Dial (toe). ... 49ers LT Joe Staley was in uniform after missing four recent practices with an undisclosed injury. He had returned to practice Wednesday. ... Haralson also had a sack.
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