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Five winners and four losers from Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to the 49ers

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There was good and bad in the “dress rehearsal” for KC

NFL: Preseason-San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Winners

  • With rookie RB Darwin Thompson having such a good preseason, it felt like starting RB Damien Williams had been forgotten and left behind. Williams made his presence known on Saturday though, putting the Chiefs on the board with a 62-yard catch and run on the very first drive. He only took one carry, but hauled in three passes for 74 yards and a TD. Williams reminded everyone on Saturday why the Chiefs named him the starter.
  • Patrick Mahomes was nearly perfect. He threw eight completions out of ten attempts for 126 yards and a TD, throwing a 62-yard TD to Damien Williams on his first attempt of the night. There’s not much else to say — except that it was a good last showing before the team heads to Jacksonville.
  • Frank Clark was able to grab a sack in the Chiefs third preseason game. It was his first of the preseason in his second appearance, and could be a good sign of things to come for the pass-rusher come the season opener.
  • Backup QB Kyle Shurmur looked impressive in the win against the 49ers. He was able to engineer a 13 play, 97-yard TD drive, the longest of the night. Shurmur seemed to have a great chemistry with rookie WR Mecole Hardman on the drive, connecting with him for three catches and 40 yards. That connection with Hardman could go a long way toward Shurmur making his case to be QB3.
  • 49ers defensive end Damontre’ Moore had himself a game. The former third-round pick had two sacks and four QB hits on the night, getting half a sack on QB Chad Henne and 1.5 sacks on Shurmur. He ended the night leading his team in tackles with five.
San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Losers

  • Cornerback Charvarius Ward and linebacker Anthony Hitchens looked completely lost on the 49ers only TD of the first half. The Chiefs were playing a zone, and the two players collided, allowing San Francisco QB Jimmy Garappolo to hit a wide-open RB Matt Breida for a 20-yard TD.
  • RB Carlos Hyde was the direct opposite of Damien Williams on Saturday, essentially disappearing in plain sight. A week after having a lackluster performance in Pittsburgh, he got only 1 carry with the third string offense in a key preseason game for KC. There’s a chance that Hyde gets one last shot at making the roster next week against Green Bay, but signs are pointing towards his time in KC being over.
  • If Chase Litton is going to make the Chiefs roster this season, he’s going to have to light it up next week — because his performance on Saturday wasn’t good on any level. He only completed one pass out of six attempts, while his counterpart was able to engineer a TD drive. Without an impressive showing next week, Litton is as good as gone.
  • The Chiefs run defense did not look great against the 49ers, no matter which group was in the game. The first string allowed Breida to rush 6.3 yards a carry, and San Francisco's backup RB Jeff Wilson rushed for 45 yards and two TDs. The Chiefs allowed 30 runs for 114 yards, two TDs and six rushing first downs.