We just arrived at the press box at the new Arrowhead Stadium. At first, Taylor Price, Rod Brooks and I were given directions to the old press box which was converted into suites.
Earlier in the week, the forecast called for rain today, but as of this morning, it looks like it should be a good day for football.
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We continued our weekly “Teddy Football” with Ted Robinson and you can listen to the Q&A by clicking here.
49ers – QB Troy Smith (3rd QB), WR Ted Ginn, CB Tramaine Brock, CB Will James, T Barry Sims, C Eric Heitmann, T Alex Boone, WR Jason Hill
Chiefs – CB Jackie Bates, FB Mike Cox, S Reshard Langford, LB Charlie Anderson, LB Justin Cole, DE Alex Magee, T Ryan O’Callaghan, DE Tyson Jackson
The 49ers kicked off to open the game. The Chiefs started their drive from the 26. Cassel dropped to pass on 1st down and found Dwayne Bowe along the right sideline on a comeback for 16 yards. On 3rd and 5, Cassel tried to hit Chris Chambers on a slant but the pass was too high. Kyle Williams called for the fair catch at the 14.
Frank Gore had a good hole on 1st down and was barely tripped up but picked up 5 yards. On 3rd and 4, Alex found Vernon Davis crossing and hit him in stride for a gain of 10. On 3rd and 8, Smith hit Zeigler on a slant as the Chiefs came with the blitz. Zeigler came up just one yard shy of the first down and Andy Lee came in to punt. Taylor Mays was the first one down on coverage and was able to slow down Arenas until Delanie Walker finished the tackle.
The Chiefs started their drive from the 17. Cassel went with the play fake and hit Tony Moeaki on the right sideline for a gain of 15. Jamaal Charles picked up the next first down, bouncing the run out to the right, down to the Chiefs’ 43-yard line. Thomas Jones picked up 7 on 2nd down running up the middle. Cassel was drilled by Haralson and Justin Smith on 3rd and 3 and the pass sailed high of Moeaki as a result. Williams called for a fair catch at the 10.
The 49ers spread things out on 1st down and Smith hit Davis for a gain of 5. On 3rd and 4, Smith hit Gore out of the backfield. Gore had all kinds of space and picked up 31 down the right sideline. On 3rd and 10, Smith scrambled up the middle for a 1st down, but the 49ers were called for holding. They tried to hit Westbrook on the screen on 3rd and 20, but the pass was high. Lee had great hang time on the punt. Goldson flew down the field and hit Arenas for no gain on the return.
Cassel gave the delayed handoff to Charles for a gain of 11 to start the drive. Charles nearly broke it on the next play, but was brought down by Goldson. The Chiefs were called for holding on the play to negate the big gain. On 3rd and 20, Charles got the carry and broke several tackles for 24 yards and a first down. Cassel scrambled on 3rd down and was stopped one yard short and that’s how the 1st quarter came to a close.
Standout Stat: Gore has only 10 yards rushing on 5 carries through the first quarter.
Highlight Reel: Gore’s 31 yard reception from Smith down the right sideline really caught the Chiefs off guard. Only one defender had position on Gore and was able to make the play.
Put it in Perspective: The game remains scoreless. Both teams have moved the ball well to midfield were slowed down after that. The holding penalty really hurt the 49ers as they got into Chiefs territory. The 49ers will need to get more production out of the running game as the game goes forward.
Todd Haley had his punt team on the field and then ran his offense back out, drawing a timeout call from the 49ers. After all the tricks by KC, McCluster took the direct snap and picked up the 1st down. The Chiefs picked up another first down and on the next play, Cassel threw for Bowe. Shawntae Spencer made a great break on the ball to step in front and deflect it. Spencer stayed with the play and brought it in for the interception. The 49ers got the ball at the Chiefs’ 24.
Smith’s pass on 3rd down went off of Crabtree after being deflected and into the hands of Brandon Flowers. Chiefs got the ball at the the 31.
The Chiefs made the 49ers pay for that mistake as Cassel hit McCluster who beat Travis LaBoy and dove in for the score.
Chiefs 7 – 49ers 0
The Chiefs went with the onside kick but were flagged for offsides. Williams fielded the punt and returned it out to the 22. On 3rd and 6, Smith hit Crabtree on a comeback to pick up 12. On the next play, the Chiefs blitzed the corner and Smith checked it to Crabtree who was wide open and got down to the Chiefs’ 40. On 3rd and short, the 49ers went with the flea flicker. The Chiefs weren’t fooled and had good coverage. Smith threw the ball away. Joe Nedney came on and connected on the 51-yard field goal.
Chiefs 7 – 49ers 3
McCluster fielded the kickoff and the 49ers had good coverage to bring him down at the 20. On 3rd and 5, Cassel hit McCluster. Goldson didn’t have his head turned around as McCluster made the catch to move the sticks. Tim Castille caught the screen on the next play. It was well set up for a gain of 14. Cassel hit McCluster on another screen on 2nd down. There weren’t any 49ers near the play and the Chiefs picked up 23. McCluster got the handoff on the end around. Ahmad Brooks read it well and stopped him for a 5-yard loss. That took it to the two-minute warning. That extra time may have iced Succop who missed the 37-yard field goal.
The 49ers took over at the 27. Anthony Davis was called for a false start on the first play. Smith hit Westbrook on a screen for a gain of 5. Both Westbrook and Gore were in the backfield on the play. Smith checked it down to Gore who was stopped for no gain. The Chiefs called a timeout with 1:17 left in the half. They have one timeout remaining. Arenas had some room on the return and made the most of it with a 19-yard return.
The Chiefs began their drive from the 42. Cassel scrambled but couldn’t get out of bounds and picked up 3. Cassel then hit Charles over the middle for a gain of 17 and spiked the ball with :20 remaining. Charles caught the screen pass and ran out of bounds after picking up 18. Cassel hit Moeaki crossing for a gain of 6. They got out of bounds and Succop came on for a 32-yard try. The field goal was good and that ended the half.
Chiefs 10 – 49ers 3
Standout Stat: The 49ers have just 4 first downs, all passing. The Chiefs have 13.
Highlight Reel: Joe Nedney’s 51 yarder got the 49ers on the scoreboard.
Put it in Perspective: The Chiefs have 250 total yards in the first half compared to the 49ers’ 120. the Chiefs have clearly focused on trying to shut down Gore who has just 16 yards on the ground. The 49ers need to get the ground game going and string together some long drives. It’s still just a one score game even though the Chiefs lead in most statistical categories. They’ll get the ball to open the half and a good opening drive could swing momentum.
Kyle Williams took the kickoff and found a seam as he got out to the 35. Tamba Hali brought down Smith on first down for the sack. On 3rd and long, Smith hit Zeigler on an out to pick up the first down with a gain of 19. At the end of the next play, Anthony Davis was called for a personal foul to back the 49ers up 15 yards. That personal foul doomed the drive as the 49ers ran two more plays and had to punt. Lee’s punt hit the goal line and rolled out at the 1. Because the ball hit the line, it was a touchback. One inch shorter and it would have been perfect.
The 49ers defense did well to force the 3 and out. Clements made a nice play to trip up Charles for a loss on 2nd down and the 49ers brought pressure on 3rd and long to force the poor throw. Mays was called for holding on the kick and the 49ers got the ball at the 21.
Smith though about scrambling on 3rd and 7 and threw it to Gore at the last minute. Gore wasn’t able to hold on and Lee came on to punt. Manny Lawson made a nice tackle on McCluster on the punt and the Chiefs next drive will start at the 49ers’ 45.
Haralson brought down Cassel as he got rid of the ball on first down. On 2nd down, the Chiefs went with a reverse from the wildcat formation. They flicked the ball back to Cassel who found Bowe down the field for the touchdown. Bowe had beat Goldson who bit on the fake.
Chiefs 17 – 49ers 3
The kickoff went into the end zone for a touchback. Smith hit Byham for an 8-yard gain to start the drive. Gore picked up the first down on the ground and on the next play Smith was called for grounding after the Chiefs brought pressure. The Chiefs were called for offside on 3rd down to make it 3rd and 10. Hali dipped his shoulder and beat Davis off the right edge to bring Smith down for the sack. McCluster called for the fair catch on the punt. The 49ers were flagged for an illegal man downfield. Five yards was added to the end of the return.
On 3rd down, Cassel hit Charles out of the backfield. He was wide open for 22 yards. Cassel found Tony Moeaki in the end zone behind the coverage of Patrick Willis. Moeaki made a great one-handed grab to make it a three-score game.
Chiefs 24 – 49ers 3
Succop’s kickoff went out of bounds and the 49ers got the ball at the 40. The 49ers picked up a first down out past midfield as the quarter comes to a close.
Standout Stat: The only stat that matter is the score – 24-3. The 49ers will need three touchdowns to get back in the game.
Highlight Reel: Moeaki’s one-handed TD grab
Put it in Perspective: The Chiefs have made plays in the second half and the 49ers are in a tough spot. The 49ers need to get 7 on this drive to stay in the game and get some momentum in their favor.
The 49ers went for it on 4th and short and Smith hit Gore out of the backfield to keep the drive alive. The 49ers went for it again on 4th down, needing 8. Smith overthrew Zeigler along the right sideline for a turnover on downs. The Chiefs took over at the 27.
Charles got the chains moving for the Chiefs with a 20-yard gain as he bounced it out to the left boundary. That was the last first down of the drive as the 49ers defense forced the punt. Colquitt’s punt was downed at the 12.
Ron Edwards beat Baas up the middle and dropped Smith for a 9-yard loss. The 49ers couldn’t get a first down on the drive as Smith’s pass to Davis on 3rd and long was batted down. Lee had a 51-yard punt with a two-yard return. The Chiefs got the ball at the 47.
Charles moved the chains for KC, ripping off a 17-yard run on 3rd down. Jones followed suit with a 27 yard gain on the next play. We have to run down to the field now to setup for the postgame press conference. We’ll have more postgame coverage on 49ers.com.
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