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The 49ers on Friday play the Chiefs for their second exhibition game of the season. Any other year, this game doesn’t deserve a second thought. This year is different. There’s a familiar face on that other sideline, leading that offense. An old friend. Of course we’re talking about Alex Smith. OK, sure, it’s only preseason. Smith will be yanked before Aldon Smith and friends can get much of a chance to reacquaint themselves with him. And the game isn’t even in San Francisco. The outcome matters zilch. But the 49ers and Alex Smith have so much history—some good, some involving fans calling him names—that doesn’t make a preseason meeting between them insignificant. To speedwalk down memory lane: The pressure was immense right off the bat for Smith as a first-overall pick. There were a whole bunch of frustrating, OMG-why-is-this-guy-still-our-starting-quarterback seasons before he finally broke through in 2011 and brought the team to within a game from the Super Bowl. Last season, he l...
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