Starters OK, Rest Of Chiefs Not So Much In SF Loss 15-13


From Arrowhead Stadium

It was another night that ended just like last week’s pre-season opener; the Chiefs first teamers were able to control the game’s momentum and left with a lead.

But that disappeared in the second half as Andy Reid’s second and third teams could not keep the dominant position on the scoreboard and the Chiefs fell 15-13 to the San Francisco 49ers before an announced crowd of 64,434 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Everyone knows what the pre-season is about, but every team, especially one in a retooling position like the Chiefs, would also like to drink from the cup of victory. The starters are 2-0, but the whole team is 0-2 after losing by 4 points to the Saints and now 2 points to the Niners.

“There are some good things that we can take out of this and some things that we need to work on,” said head coach Andy Reid. “Our defense for the most part did a nice job … offensively you have to be able to throw the ball in this league and we’ve got to do a better job of protection upfront. I thought our special teams did a nice job.”

Offensively, the Chiefs were not able to score a touchdown, whether Alex Smith, Chase Daniel or Tyler Bray was playing at quarterback. A major reason for that was a lack of pass protection, as they were sacked 7 times; Smith and Daniel each went down 3 times and Bray once. Overall, K.C. had just 170 yards in total offense.

“We didn’t handle the pressure very well and the finer details … we just didn’t connect,” said Smith. “We didn’t get into the rhythm that we did last week. We certainly left a lot out there.”

Against San Francisco’s offense, the K.C. defense kept them out of the end zone until late in the game, when the third unit allowed a 14-yard scoring pass from QB B.J. Daniels to WR Chuck Jacobs. They did force a turnover, as CB Sean Smith had an interception and they picked up 4 sacks in the game.

“We knew San Francisco was a very physical team with a whole lot of great players,” said Smith. “We knew it would be a big test for us. I think our guys did a good job taking care of business up front and making things easy for us in the back end.”

Special teams provided the only touchdown, coming in the first quarter when S Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown. K Ryan Succop added a pair of field goals.

The first quarter was full of action as the Niners scored first, but then were trumped by the Chiefs.

San Francisco’s first offensive play was a hand-off to RB Frank Gore who ran right, got jammed up by the Chiefs defense and then went to the backside, where OLB Tamba Hali should have been to stop any change of direction run. But Hali wasn’t there and Gore ended up running for 52 yards before he was finally stopped by LB Derrick Johnson. Both CB Sean Smith and CB Brandon Flowers had chances to stop Gore, but couldn’t put him on the ground.

“Everybody swarmed to the ball and over-pursued it,” said Flowers. “He just reversed field, got a great block and he was out. We came out the rest of the series and didn’t allow them in the end zone, which is key.”

Despite the big play, the Niners got minus-1 yard on the next three offensive plays, with only one shot at the end zone, and on that 3rd-down play, Kaepernick overthrew wide open WR Chad Hall in the end zone. Hall had beaten Chiefs CB Dunta Robinson.

Phil Dawson came in and kicked a 42-yard field goal and San Francisco had the first lead of the game, 3-0, with just less than 10 minutes to play in the period.

It was a lead that held up for all of about 10 seconds. On the kickoff after the field goal, Demps grabbed the ball 4 yards deep and brought it out. Demps roared up the middle of the field and then angled to the right side and went untouched to the end zone. Only San Francisco CB Perish Cox had a shot at tackling Demps, but his dive at the 20-yard line came up empty and the Chiefs had a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The PAT kick gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead.

They pushed that to 10-3 late in the quarter when a 7-play, 23-yard drive led to a 47-yard field goal by Succop. The Chiefs got field position help when the 49ers were hit with a 15-yard penalty on the punt play that gave Kansas City possession of the ball. That moved the drive start from the Chiefs 34-yard line to the 49-yard line.

San Francisco came back and put a field goal on the board early in the second quarter as Dawson was good from 55 yards. That set a 10-6 lead for the Chiefs at half-time and the starters left their shoulder pads in the locker room.

In the third quarter, the Niners added another 55-yard field goal from Dawson to cut the margin to 1-point with just over 20 minutes to play in the game.

San Francisco got the winning score late in the fourth quarter as Daniels, the Niners fourth rookie quarterback, led them on a 90-yard, 13-play drive, where they picked up 5 first downs as Daniels went down the field on short passes, converting three times on third down, including the 14-yard scoring pass where Jacobs made the catch in the corner of the end zone behind Chiefs CB Neiko Thorpe.

The Niners are now 1-1 on the pre-season, while the Chiefs are 0-2 and headed to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers this coming Saturday.

They continue to work on trying to pull together all the elements of their team.

“There is always work to get done,” said Smith. “We’ll get back, watch film and see what kids of corrections we can make. You don’t want to settle. You want to win.”


4 Responses to “Starters OK, Rest Of Chiefs Not So Much In SF Loss 15-13”

  • August 17, 2013  - Craig says:

    The offensive line looked marginal and especially in pass protection. The run blocking was better. Fischer had one of the better nights. Albert was in trouble the whole night. Smith looked very average while Davis provided a ray of hope at running back. Baldwin dropped a couple of passes as did the rookie TE. Fasano looked solid. Smith had I think 5-6 dropped passes. He was accurate. Lots of good but lots of bad on offense. Nico Johnson was solid. Thorpe is toast in TD coverage. Must be the go at defender
    Go Chiefs!


  • August 17, 2013  - el cid says:

    Just one game and means not all that much.

    Likes:

    FG kicking was ok.

    Backup RBs looked like it.

    DL and LBs had moments.

    Special teams look well ahead of the rest.

    Fasano will replace Moeaki on first string.

    Smith looked calm runnign things, not sure why.

    Warts:

    WR not all that involved in anything. Special cudos to Baldwin, when thrown his direction, did not catch a cold.

    OL, just not very good, as a group, (to young?) Blitzes went undetected until QB (3) were flat on their backs and no correction as game went on.

    Coaching, if it was happening, was ignorred by players. No adjustments, see blitzes.

    Team played just good enough to lose.

    It was just one game but not one I hope to see again any time soon.


  • August 17, 2013  - el cid says:

    Sorry but got to say this

    Looked like a team that was 2-14 last year, one of the worst in its history and is just a little better this year.


  • August 17, 2013  - Niblick says:

    I’m somewhat concerned with the 1st team offense, but the 3rd pre-season game is the most important. I’m very concerned like everyone with the WRs. Not just Baldwin, but why haven’t they thrown more balls toward Bowe and Avery. Is it by design or they can’t get open? If they lay another egg in against the Steelers, I will be very concerned. I hope they have a solid effort. The 4th pre-season game is primarily for backups and to see who makes the fianl roster.




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