This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Chiefs matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Levi’s Stadium.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith vs. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
Tale of the tape
Smith (11): 6 foot 4, 217 pounds, 10th season, Utah
Kaepernick (7): 6 foot 4, 230 pounds, fourth season, Nevada
Smith and Kaepernick have gone their separate ways, but their production has been almost identical. They will never be on the field at the same time – unless they stride out to midfield for the coin toss. But whichever quarterback plays better and avoids turnovers will likely help his team pick up the victory.
Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Smith has completed 63.8 percent of his pass attempts for 5,941 yards with 43 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 28 starts. In that same period of time over 27 starts, Kaepernick has completed 60.9 percent of his attempts for 5,923 yards with 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
“Never been a big fan of comparisons,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Colin’s play has spoken for itself.”
Smith was never more popular with 49ers fans than at the time of his departure. The 49ers obviously could not keep high-salaried backup quarterback after Kaepernick had taken over as the starter, so he was dealt to Kansas City. Kaepernick has been very good since replacing Smith in the starting lineup, but he has yet to emerge fully as an elite, consistent passer.