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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Giving Matt Cassel Credit

"I think we just executed well," QB Matt Cassel told reporters after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 31-10.

Now, was Cassel perfect? Not by any means. He only completed 16-of-27 passes and really struggled to get the offense going with drives starting with punt, punt and interception.

Cassel is facing more pressure than anyone on the Chiefs at this point. Sure, part of that is because he's the quarterback so pressure is naturally attracted. But he's also struggled. A lot.

Cassel ended with 250 yards and three touchdown passes, a career-high with the Chiefs.

That's not to say all the pressure disappeared but I do find it interesting that when his back is up against the wall, and the pressure is mounting, he comes back from a bad first quarter to throw for three touchdowns.

"That's what it's all about," Cassel said, "being excited about what you're doing."

Does this erase all the questions about Matt Cassel as the future of the Kansas City Chiefs?

Of course not.

But it does show us that even with two miserable performances in a row, Cassel can step back up. Maybe we'll be back to the same old tune on Cassel in two weeks but, for one day, we can say Cassel is part of the solution, and not the problem.

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