The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the San Francisco 49ers Friday night 15-13 in the second preseason game of the year.
The Chiefs led the entire game and lost in the closing moments of the glorified scrimmage.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback B.J. Daniels tossed a touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray could not answer with less than a minute to go.
But what was more disturbing was the play of the offensive line. Granted the 49ers have one of the leagues most smothering defenses; regardless the Chiefs' line had trouble protecting.
The 49ers compiled 7 sacks in the game. Defensive back Perrish Cox made life miserable for quarterbacks Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, and Tyler Bray. In the case of Daniel, it appeared he may need a stretcher to get him off the field. Fortunately he popped up each time. He still finished 6-of-6 passing.
Smith started the game and was 7-of-16 passing for 62 yards. He was quick enough to avoid pressure, but at times when protection broke down and he had no choice but to eat the football. He was sacked 3 times.
Smith received little help from his receivers. Dwayne Bowe was looking end zone before completing the catch and dropped an easy pass. Former first round pick Jonathan Baldwin was targeted three times and caught nothing. Baldwin even alligator-armed a precision pass in the numbers from Smith early in the game.
Baldwin’s poor route running and inability to catch passes is making him a candidate to get cut before the season starts. He appears disinterested.
Smith and Daniel led the team to two field goal drives. The Chiefs' special teams unit played well again. Quintin Demps took back a kickoff for 104 yards and a touchdown. For the second week in a row, the Chiefs' special teams scored a touchdown.
The special teams play and Head Coach Andy Reid’s faith in rookie running back Knile Davis to pick up a first down on a 4th and one early in the first quarter were positives. Fans loved the call.
However, concerns about first round pick, offensive lineman Eric Fisher’s, health and the team’s ability to block remain a concern. As well as a receiving corps that has yet to do anything in the early preseason.
“It was weird playing the 49ers,” said Smith after the game. Fortunately he plays in the AFC and won’t see his old team again this year.
The Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh next Saturday night and will try and work out the kinks against the Steelers.