Smith relieves Hill as 49ers’ QB, throws TD pass

49ers coach Mike Singletary went to backup Alex Smith to start the second half of the game against the Texans after starting QB Shaun Hill struggled again.

Hill completed 6 of 11 passes for 45 yards in the first half, but the 49ers failed to score any points and trailed 21-0. Hill also struggled two weeks ago in a 45-10 loss to the Falcons, going 15 of 38 for 198 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.

Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the 49ers in 2005, hadn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2007 because of injuries. But he looked solid on his first drive against the Texans, throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to TE Vernon Davis.

Davis went to the sideline in pain after scoring the TD, but he just had the wind knocked out of him after taking a knee to the chest.

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