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Final score: Chiefs defeat 49ers 19-16 in first preseason game

The Chiefs kicked off the 2021 preseason with a back-and-forth game that took a last-minute drive to pull out.

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It wasn’t the most exciting night for the first-team offense and defense — but at the end of the game, the Kansas City Chiefs won their exhibition over the San Francisco 49ers 19-16.

The Chiefs’ defense started the game, allowing a seven-play drive that eventually ended in a punt. On the first play, safety Dan Sorensen missed an open-field tackle that resulted in a 13-yard gain — and there wasn’t much penetration from the pass rush on the four passing plays the 49ers ran.

After the punt return, the Chiefs’ offense started well with a 10-yard run up the middle by running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire — with a noticeably good push from the offensive line. However, they stalled on the next three plays and were forced to punt.

With the first-team defense still on the field, 49ers’ rookie quarterback Trey Lance took the field. They only mustered two yards on his first two plays, then defensive end Chris Jones — lined up at defensive tackle — beat the guard quickly and brought down Lance for a sack on third down.

Backup quarterback Chad Henne entered the game on the offense’s second drive — and led them on a 39-yard scoring drive that took six plays. It was aided by an obvious defensive pass interference on a throw to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. After converting on a third-and-short with a Edwards-Helaire run — behind a pulling block by right guard Trey Smith — Henne found Byron Pringle for a five-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

On the following 49ers’ drive, Lance went deep on the first play — and succeeded with an 80-yard catch-and-run touchdown. On the first snap he took, undrafted rookie safety Devon Key got beat in his zone, not taking the right angle to take away the deep route. The 49ers missed the ensuing extra point, making the score 7-6.

Two plays into the Chiefs’ next drive, it was over. A throw to rookie tight end Noah Gray on the sideline was a little behind him; it bounced off his hands and pads into the defender’s grasp for an interception.

San Francisco emphasized its running game on the next drive, doing it most of the time on the eight-play drive. However, reserve linebacker Omari Cobb came free on a blitz and earned a sack to set up third-and-long — and the Chiefs’ held with good pressure from defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton. San Francisco converted a field goal to make it 9-7.

The rest of the first half didn’t produce a score. Running back Jerick McKinnon made some positive plays on offense. There was impressive pass-rush penetration from the entire defensive line throughout the second quarter. Defensive end Tim Ward got a sack on a great speed rush around the right edge, and Wharton forced a fumble by Lance — who landed on it.

The third quarter opened with the Chiefs on offense. Third-string quarterback Anthony Gordon — who had ended the second half — led the Chiefs on a 12-play drive that gained 50 yards. Wide receiver Daurice Fountain was featured — and running back Darwin Thompson converted a short-yard run on fourth down. The possession ended in a successful field goal to make the score 10-9 Chiefs.

The Chiefs’ defense forced a quick punt on the next drive, with cornerback Deandre Baker breaking up a pass to force fourth down. It was his second defended pass of the game.

Undrafted rookie Shane Buechele took the snaps on the second drive of the third quarter, but they had a quick three-and-out.

On the following drive, the Chiefs defense allowed a handful of big plays for first-down conversions. San Francisco got into the red zone — but safety Armani Watts came away with an easy interception on an off-target pass to end the scoring threat.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the offense quickly went three-and-out. The reserve defense came back to force a fumble; undrafted rookie cornerback DiCaprio Bootle recovered the ball to force a turnover. The ensuing drive ended in another sack of Buechele.

For the rest of the contest, the defense held tough — including a third-down blitz by Bootle that forced a pass short of the sticks. The offense took over from there and got into position to tack on a field goal, making the score 13-9 with four minutes to go.

But the 49ers made a push to regain the lead. A big kick return was followed by a 34-yard run to get the 49ers into the red zone. After a few more big runs, San Francisco punched in a short run to take a 16-13 lead with two minutes remaining.

The reserve offense looked to make a late-game comeback; big receptions by wide receiver Cornell Powell, running back Elijah McGuire and tight end Jody Fortson got them in scoring position. On third-and-goal, Buechele kept the ball and ran it in to take a 19-16 lead.

The defense held the 49ers’ offense down on the final drive to secure the victory, ending with Tim Ward’s second sack of the night.


Injuries


Linebacker Darius Harris did walk to the locker room at one point in the first half, but came back to the sideline shortly after. In the second half, the team officially announced he would not return to the game.

Late in the third quarter, Deandre Baker went down on the field and was helped to the sideline.


Special Teams


Cornerback Mike Hughes showed a little pop on a punt return and kick return; he got the first opportunity in both phases.

In the second quarter, punter Tommy Townsend booted a 66-yard punt that was downed at the one-yard line. Later in the same period, he landed a punt at the Chiefs’ 12-yard line.

Right before halftime, the Chiefs sent kicker Harrison Butker out to attempt a 62-yard field goal. It was right down the middle — but a few feet short.

Butker got two more chances at field goals in the second half — nailing a 52-yard attempt on the first drive of the third quarter and a 46-yard kick later.

Jerick McKinnon made a great tackle on punt coverage in the third quarter.

Butker missed the extra point that followed the last touchdown of the game; it bounced off the left upright.


Statistics


CATEGORY KC SF
Total Yards 258 383
Total Plays 65 66
Yards per play 4.0 5.8
Rushing Yards 74 175
Rush Attempts 22 29
Yards per rush 3.40 6.00
Passing Gross Yards 196 247
Sacks/Yards lost 4/12 5/39
Passing Net Yards 184 208
Comp/Att/Pct 26/39/67% 18/32/56%
Yards per pass 4.30 5.60
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 1
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties/Yards 4/33 7/73
Total Drives 14 14
First downs 17 18
Rushing first downs 7 9
Passing first downs 8 8
Penalty first downs 2 1
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 5/16/31% 5/15/33%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 1/1/100% 0/0/0%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 1/1/100%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 1/3/33%
Touchdowns 2 2
TDs/Rushing 1 1
TDs/Passing 1 1
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 1/2 1/2
Field Goals (Made/Att) 2/3 1/1
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 5/2/0 4/3/0
Punts (Num/Yds) 7/374 8/378
Gross Punting Avg Yds 53.4 47.3
Net Punting Avg Yds 49.1 36.6
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 77 10
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 5/65 3/10
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 4/110 5/97
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 1/12 1/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 3/0 0/3
Time of Possession 29:28 30:32
Attendance - 54,397

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 1 2 4 2.0 0 4 0 0 0 56.2
Chad Henne 6 9 37 4.1 1 9 1 1 0 72.2
Shane Buechele 8 11 76 6.9 0 22 0 3 12 91.5
Anthony Gordon 11 17 79 4.6 0 16 0 0 0 75.4
TEAM 26 39 196 5.0 1 22 1 4 12 --

49ERS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Jimmy Garoppolo 3 3 26 8.7 0 13 0 0 0 102.8
Trey Lance 5 14 128 9.1 1 80t 0 4 31 93.8
Josh Rosen 10 15 93 6.2 0 26 1 1 8 55.7
TEAM 18 32 247 7.7 1 80T 1 5 39 --

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4 16 4.0 0 10
Darwin Thompson 4 12 3.0 0 6
Derrick Gore 4 6 1.5 0 5
Jerick McKinnon 3 19 6.3 0 10
Shane Buechele 3 13 4.3 1 13
Darrel Williams 2 6 3.0 0 4
Anthony Gordon 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
Elijah McGuire 1 3 3.0 0 3
TEAM 22 74 3.4 1 13

49ERS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
JaMycal Hasty 10 63 6.3 1 21
Trey Sermon 9 26 2.9 0 5
Wayne Gallman 6 21 3.5 0 6
Jauan Jennings 2 23 11.5 0 12
Brandon Aiyuk 1 8 8.0 0 8
Nsimba Webster 1 34 34.0 0 34
TEAM 29 175 6.0 1 34

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Travis Kelce 1 4 4.0 0 4 1 0
Jerick McKinnon 2 21 10.5 0 16 3 15
Michael Burton 1 7 7.0 0 7 1 3
Tyreek Hill 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 8
Elijah McGuire 2 27 13.5 0 22 2 21
Marcus Kemp 2 10 5.0 0 6 3 0
Chad Williams 1 3 3.0 0 3 2 5
Byron Pringle 2 10 5.0 1 5t 2 0
Daurice Fountain 4 38 9.5 0 15 6 8
Mecole Hardman 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Darwin Thompson 1 4 4.0 0 4 1 7
Darrius Shepherd 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 0
Jody Fortson 3 32 10.7 0 19 5 22
Derrick Gore 1 2 2.0 0 2 1 2
Maurice Ffrench 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Dalton Schoen 1 3 3.0 0 3 2 4
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 5
Noah Gray 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Cornell Powell 2 20 10.0 0 13 3 1
TEAM 26 196 7.5 1 22 39 101

49ERS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Travis Benjamin 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Jordan Matthews 1 16 16.0 0 16 2 15
Joshua Perkins 3 24 8.0 0 10 4 9
Wayne Gallman 1 4 4.0 0 4 1 4
River Cracraft 2 9 4.5 0 7 4 5
Richie James 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Trent Sherfield 1 80 80.0 1 80t 1 43
Nsimba Webster 2 18 9.0 0 12 2 13
Deebo Samuel 1 13 13.0 0 13 1 9
JaMycal Hasty 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 3
Josh Hokit 2 4 2.0 0 2 2 3
Jauan Jennings 1 26 26.0 0 26 2 10
Brandon Aiyuk 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Charlie Woerner 1 34 34.0 0 34 3 19
Trey Sermon 2 14 7.0 0 11 2 14
TEAM 18 247 13.7 1 80T 32 147

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Dorian O'Daniel 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Hughes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dicaprio Bootle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TEAM 0 0 3 0 0 1 0

49ERS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
JaMycal Hasty 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Colton McKivitz 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Trey Sermon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trey Lance 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
TEAM 3 1 0 2 0 0 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Tim Ward 5 4 1 2.0 17.0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Austin Edwards 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Chris Jones 2 1 1 1.0 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Demone Harris 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Omari Cobb 4 3 1 1.0 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 4 1 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Armani Watts 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Lammons 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darius Harris 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeAndre Baker 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Devon Key 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dicaprio Bootle 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dorian O'Daniel 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Emmanuel Smith 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jarran Reed 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Khalen Saunders 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L'Jarius Sneed 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manny Patterson 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marlon Character 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Hughes 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nick Bolton 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Riley Cole 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rodney Clemons 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 1 1 0 1.0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tyler Clark 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Will Parks 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zayne Anderson 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 62 39 23 5 39 1 4 6 6 0 3 1

49ERS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Justin Hilliard 7 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
James Burgess 5 3 2 1.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Arden Key 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jonas Griffith 4 1 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Jared Mayden 4 2 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kai Nacua 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ambry Thomas 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eddie Vanderdoes 3 3 0 1.0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Deommodore Lenoir 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Elijah Sullivan 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marcell Harris 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Shilique Calhoun 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Barrett 2 2 0 1.0 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Eddie Yarbrough 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Talanoa Hufanga 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darrion Daniels 2 0 2 0.5 2.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Alexander Myres 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Donald Payne 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dre Greenlaw 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tavon Wilson 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maurice Hurst 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Willis 1 0 1 0.5 2.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ken Webster 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Colton McKivitz 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Trey Lance 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TEAM 59 35 24 4 12 1 4 6 7 0 0 2

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Armani Watts 1 12 12.0 12 0
TEAM 1 12 12.0 12 0

49ERS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Deommodore Lenoir 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Daurice Fountain 1 21 21.0 21 0
Jerick McKinnon 1 23 23.0 23 0
Maurice Ffrench 1 26 26.0 26 0
Mike Hughes 1 40 40.0 40 0
TEAM 4 110 27.5 40 0

49ERS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Richie James 2 35 17.5 21 0
Nsimba Webster 3 62 20.7 43 0
TEAM 5 97 19.4 43 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Gehrig Dieter 2 23 11.5 13 0
Mike Hughes 1 13 13.0 13 0
Darrius Shepherd 2 29 14.5 16 0
TEAM 5 65 13.0 16 0

49ERS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Travis Benjamin 1 6 6.0 6 0
River Cracraft 2 4 2.0 4 0
TEAM 3 10 3.3 6 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 2/3 66.7 52 1 7
TEAM 2/3 66.7 52 1 7

49ERS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Robbie Gould 1/1 100.0 36 1 4
TEAM 1/1 100.0 36 1 4

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 7 374 53.4 1 4 66
TEAM 7 374 53.4 1 4 66

49ERS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Mitch Wishnowsky 8 378 47.3 1 2 60
TEAM 8 378 47.3 1 2 60