Blowout At Arrowhead: Chiefs Dominate 49ers, 31-10

The Chiefs took down the 49ers 31-10 on Sunday.

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VIDEO: Chiefs Highlights Beating The 49ers, 31-10


Here's a set of highlights from the Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 stomping of the San Francisco 49ers.

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VIDEO: Chiefs' Flea-Flicker Involves Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster And Matt Cassel


 

The Kansas City Chiefs had a heck of a flea-flicker on Sunday.

With Matt Cassel lined up wide left and Dexter McCluster wide right, Thomas Jones took a direct snap and handed it off to a streaking McCluster on an end-around. McCluster zipped to the left side of the field and flipped it to Matt Cassel, who had turned around as if it were a double-reverse.

Cassel took the ball from McCluster and hit Dwayne Bowe 45 yards down field for the score.

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49ers Didn't Stand A Chance As Chiefs Dominate, 31-10

In 1997, the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the San Francisco 49ers. In 2006, it was 41-0.

In 2010?

31-10.

The Chiefs dominated the 49ers in just about every facet of the game. You can tell by the score the defense was dominant thanks to the help of a Brandon Flowers interception and three Tamba Hali sacks.

Matt Cassel threw three touchdowns including a tricky double-reverse 45-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe on a play that started with Thomas Jones in the wildcat.

The Chiefs running game dominated the 49ers as Jamaal Charles racked up 97 yards on 12 carries and Jones finished with 95 yards on 19 carries. Jones added a touchdown as well.

Dexter McCluster had his breakout game catching three balls for 69 yards including a 31-yard dive-over-the-goal-line catch and run touchdown.

The real MVP of the game though is the Chiefs defense which shut down the 49ers with no questions asked. It was a completely dominating performance with three sacks coming from Tamba Hali and a Brandon Flowers interception.

The defense is for real.

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Chiefs Run All Over The 49ers To Another Touchdown, Lead 31-3

The Kansas City Chiefs took the ball on their own 47 yard line with a 24-3 lead.

Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles switched off carries and took the Chiefs all the way down for the score.

The series ended in a Jones touchdown on third down.

The big play of the drive was a 27-yard Jones run that took the Chiefs inside the 20.

After that drive, Jones has 19 carries for 95 yards while Charles has 12 carries for 97 yards.

Chiefs are dominating the 49ers, 31-3.

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VIDEO: Matt Cassel Gets Drilled During Chiefs, 49ers Game


Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was desperate for a solid performance on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and that's just what he's doing with three touchdown passes.

Here's a video of Cassel getting laid out pretty hard on one play. The pass was incomplete.

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VIDEO: Jamaal Charles Nearly Breaks A Big One For The Chiefs

This is Jamaal Charles. For some reason, the Kansas City Chiefs aren't giving him the ball as much as they need to.

Here's an example of what can happen if you do give him the ball. He nearly pulled this one out for an 80-plus yard touchdown. He had one man trip him up.

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Tony Moeaki Pulls In One-Handed Grab, Chiefs Taking Care Of Business

The Kansas City Chiefs are officially on fire.

The Chiefs scored again extending their lead to 24-3.

The Chiefs drove over 60 yards down the field in eight plays culminating in an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tony Moeaki.

Moeaki, the Chiefs leading receiver, caught a beautiful one-handed pass from Matt Cassel. The ball, thrown nearly perfect because of the defender, caused Moeaki to dive back pulling the ball in with one hand.

The Chiefs are dominating the 49ers at this point, 24-3.

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Chiefs Trickery Results In Big Matt Cassel To Dwayne Bowe Touchdown

The Kansas City Chiefs are now leading 17-3 over the San Francisco 49ers.

Let me set up the big touchdown play for you.

Thomas Jones takes the snap as the wildcat QB. Matt Cassel was lined up as a receiver.

Jones hands it off to McCluster on an end around and McCluster flips it to Cassel who's coming around on a double reverse.

Cassel then hits Dwayne Bowe in the end zone for a beautiful 45-yard touchdown.

The Chiefs extend their lead to 17-3.

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49ers Capitalize On Big Michael Crabtree Receptions

The San Francisco 49ers capitalized on a couple of big Michael Crabtree receptions against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here are three consecutive plays to Crabtree:

  • Incomplete
  • 12 yard reception
  • 22 yard reception

Derrick Johnson chased hm down on the 22 yard catch or else he would have scored six.

The 49ers went 45 yards in eight plays and ended with a 51-yard Joe Nedney field goal.

The Chiefs lead 7-3.

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Dexter McCluster Takes It In For Six On 31-Yard TD Pass Giving Chiefs Lead

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster hasn't been much of a receiver through the first two games of the season but his first career touchdown catch was a memorable.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel found McCluster near the sidelines where he took the catch, broke a tackle and started racing to the end zone.

Two 49ers defenders were closing in on him as he neared the goal line but he cut back inside and dove through for the score.

A 31-yard touchdown reception.

The Chiefs are now leading 7-0.

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San Francisco 49ers Inactives vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers declared their inactives for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

LB Takeo Spikes, who was questionable, will play this week.

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Kansas City Chiefs Inactives vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared eight players inactive against the San Francisco 49ers.

Jackson and O'Callaghan were listed as doubtful and not expected to play.

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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Special Teams Need To Be Special

The Kansas City Chiefs special teams are a group that is making some noise inside and outside of Kansas City. Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster have quickly shown that they're ready to be considered one of the league's top returners.

And that's great news for the Chiefs because they haven't yet demonstrated they can consistently score on the offensive side of the ball.

The Chiefs will likely need some sort of return today to set themselves up. It doesn't even have to be a 94-yard punt return like McCluster popped off in Week 1.

The Chiefs just need the field position. That's a huge key in this game as the offense struggles.

The Chiefs punter is among the league's best so they'll be able to force the 49ers to go the distance.

But it's those returners that have everyone excited. Although special teams is one-third of the game, it's normally not considered one of the keys to the game...except in Kansas City.

A solid return day from Arenas and McCluster is a necessity for the Chiefs. Creating field position -- and, heck, even touchdowns -- is a priority.

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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Figuring Out San Francisco's Biggest Weakness

The Kansas City Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday inside Arrowhead Stadium.

For the Chiefs, they need to avoid their biggest weakness which is putting the ball in Matt Cassel's hands. If the game comes down to the Chiefs offense, it could be some trouble for Kansas City.

For the 49ers, we looked to David Fucillo of Niners Nation to find out the 49ers biggest weakness.

I'd actually argue that game management is the biggest weakness. Every unit of the 49ers offense and defense have shown impressive skills at one time or another. Inconsistency is a big problem and explains why the 49ers aren't solid week in and week out. However, one consistency I've noticed is that when it comes to timeouts and personnel packages and the like, the 49ers have a lot of work to do.

And while I'm a big fan of Coach Singletary, he's got a lot of work to do in improving his game management skills. He can fire up the troops from here to doomsday, but if he's blowing timeouts or his assistants aren't getting the right personnel packages on the field, the team will be constantly shooting itself in the foot.

This is good news considering this game is expected to be close. Having game management problems inside loud Arrowhead Stadium...yeah, not a good combination. This is something to keep an eye on as the Chiefs face the 49ers on Sunday.
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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Figuring Out San Francisco's Biggest Strength

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will meet on Sunday inside Arrowhead Stadium.

For the Chiefs, they need to do whatever it is they've done to make themselves 2-0. It's hard to describe how they're winning but they're doing it.

For the 49ers, we looked to David Fucillo of Niners Nation to find their biggest strength as they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

This is kind of simplistic, but the biggest strength on this team is Patrick Willis. The 49ers defense as a whole has generally been solid, but even that has a tendency to go into bend but don't break mode that costs the team points. I would not be surprised at all to see several Chiefs drives down the field that end up with field goals. Certainly nice to hold a team to 3, but the bend but don't break style can come back to bite them in the butt at times.
In spite of all this, Patrick Willis has been the rock of this team. He's arguably the best middle linebacker in the NFL and has put himself on a path towards the Hall of Fame. Even Mike Singletary has said Willis can do things he never could do at the position. He continues to grow and develop and guarantees the 49ers at least one bright spot every week.

It helps when you have arguably the best linebacker in the game. The Chiefs will try to neutralize Patrick Willis by switching up how they use the running backs and keeping him off-kilter.

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Moving To 3-0 Would Be Huge For The Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't won three consecutive regular season games dating back to the end of the 2006 season and into the 2007.

On Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs can do just that. Sitting at 2-0 and facing the 0-2 49ers, the Chiefs are still the underdogs but this time around the world won't be so shocked if they win.

A win would put the Chiefs at 3-0 and continue their hold on first place in the AFC West.

Also what a win would do is continue to bring the fans back to Arrowhead Stadium. Monday Night Football showed just how much of an advantage that crowd can be and the Chiefs need that for every home game.

The Chiefs enter a bye week after this so they want to enter it on a good note.

3-0 would be absolutely huge for these Kansas City Chiefs.

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VIDEO: Patrick Willis Talks About Chiefs vs. 49ers

San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis talks about playing the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

Willis says their defense prides themselves on stopping the run first. That's funny because about the only strength on the Chiefs offense is their running game.

Willis talked about the Chiefs doing so many different things with their running backs -- including rookie Dexter McCluster -- and that you have to keep an eye on both of them.

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VIDEO: Former Chiefs OC Jimmy Raye Talks About 49ers Offense


Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator -- and current San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator -- talks about the upcoming opponent, Alex Smith's progress and how the offensive line is jelling.

The most telling is this about Frank Gore when Raye was asked if the offense goes through him:

It doesn't kind of go through him. It goes through him. He is the guy that starts the fire.

As we've said, the key to this game is forcing more pressure on Alex Smith. They can do that by shutting down Gore.

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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Ted Ginn Is Doubtful, Takeo Spikes Is Questionable

It sounds like the LB Takeo Spikes will play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs but the San Francisco 49ers have listed him as questionable.

Here's the 49ers full injury report:

Out

Doubtful

  • WR Ted Ginn (knee)
  • DB William James (ankle)

Questionable

  • LB Takeo Spikes (knee)

Probable

  • RB Anthony Dixon (back)
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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Tyson Jackson, Ryan O'Callaghan Are Doubtful

The Kansas City Chiefs have released the final injury report before Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. It looks like you can count on at least two players missing the game.

Here's the Chiefs injury report:

Doubtful (Nearly certain they won't play)

Questionable (50/50 chance of playing)

Probable (Near certain they are healthy to play)

  • S Jon McGraw (hamstring)
  • DE Wallace Gilberry (back)
  • LB Tamba Hali (foot)

The Chiefs went without Jackson and O'Callaghan last week so they can get by without them. It'll be Shaun Smith replacing many of Jackson's snaps and Barry Richardson once again manning right tackle.

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NFL Week 3 Picks And Predictions: Kansas City Chiefs Are Getting Noticed

NFL Week 3 picks and predictions are starting to roll in for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs have started the season 2-0 and are facing the 0-2 San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The 49ers are favored to win the game but the Chiefs have been somehow, someway finding ways to win games recently so it should be an interesting matchup.

Picked the Chiefs to win:

ESPN: Eric Allen and Chris Mortensen

Yahoo!: Les Carpenter and Michael Silver

CBS Sports: Clark Judge and Will Brinson

NFL Network: Shannon Sharpe and Joe Theismann

FOX Sports: Peter Schrager

How about the job Romeo Crennel has done in K.C. this year? Through two weeks, the Chiefs defense — ranked 30th in the league in 2009 — has given up an average of just 14 points and has already scored one game-winning touchdown. Oh Romeo, my Romeo! San Francisco is coming off a short week, traveling to Kansas City just six days after getting its heart broken in a Monday night thriller with the Saints. All the team meetings, terse radio interviews and evil glares from Mike Singletary have netted zero wins for the Niners so far. Gimme Todd Haley — a guy who was criticized for his coaching style last year — and the upstart Chiefs in this one. A former Mr. Irrelevant, kicker Ryan Succop, hits a game-winner in the closing seconds.

Picked the 49ers to win:

ESPN: Mike Golic, Merrill Hoge, Ron Jaworski, Adam Schefter, Mark Schlereth and Seth Wickersham.

Yahoo!: Jason Cole and Yahoo! users

CBS Sports: Pete Prisco, Dave Richard and Josh Katzowitz

NFL Network: Brian Billick

Sports Illustrated: Peter King

I guess you're going to call this an upset, because the Niners are 0-2 and the Chiefs 2-0. But think of this: If two weeks ago you had forecast the winner of San Francisco at Kansas City, who would you have picked? And think of this, too: If the Niners had turned the ball over one fewer time Monday night against New Orleans, there's a very good chance we all would have been talking about San Francisco upsetting the Super Bowl champs.
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San Francisco 49ers Injury Report Includes Ted Ginn, Takeo Spikes

The San Francisco 49ers have released Thursday's practice report.

There are five names on the list:

Did Not Participate In Practice
WR Ted Ginn (knee)
C Eric Heitmann (fibula)
LB Takeo Spikes (knee)

Limited Participation In Practice
CB William James (ankle)
RB Anthony Dixon (back)

On Friday, the 49ers will have to designate each player as out/doubtful/questionable/probable or take them off the injury report completely.

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Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report Includes Tyson Jackson, Ryan O'Callaghan

The Kansas City Chiefs had six players on their Thursday practice report. There's just one new named added -- S Reshard Langford -- while three were upgraded.

Here's the Chiefs injury report.

Did Not Participate In Practice
DE Tyson Jackson (knee)
OT Ryan O'Callaghan (groin)

Limited Participation In Practice
S Reshard Langford (ankle)

Full Participation In Practice
DE Wallace Gilberry (back)
LB Tamba Hali (foot)
Jon McGraw (hamstring)

On Friday, the Chiefs will have to list each player as out/doubtful/quesitonable/probably or take them off the injury report completely.

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NFL Picks: Kansas City Chiefs Enter San Francisco 49ers Game As The Underdog

The Kansas City Chiefs are once again the underdog. On Sunday, they'll face the San Francisco 49ers as a three-point underdog.

That number is about what I expected.

The Chiefs are 2-0 and the 49ers are 0-2 so some might think it's a little high but looking at how each team has played it's hard to predict this one. The Chiefs are relying on defensive and special teams touchdowns which are nearly impossible to predict. The 49ers meanwhile were stomped by Seattle while the Saints barely squeaked by them.

The reasons the Chiefs can win include: Running game, strong overall defense and home field advantage.

The reasons the 49ers can win include: Frank Gore, strong pass rush and they are (probably) a more talented team.

This will be the third consecutive game the Chiefs will enter as an underdog. Think about this: The Chiefs could be 3-0 heading into their next game against Indianapolis, where they'll surely be an underdog. The week after that, they'll play Houston, where they're almost sure to be an underdog again.

The Chiefs could go undefeated and not be favored to win a game until Week 7 against Jacksonville.

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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Kansas City Could Be Missing A Couple Of Starters

The Kansas City Chiefs have released their first injury report of the game week against the San Francisco 49ers.

  • DE Tyson Jackson (knee) - Did not practice
  • RT Ryan O'Callaghan (groin) - Did not practice
  • DE Wallace Gilberry (back) - Limited participation in practice
  • LB Tamba Hali (foot) - Limited participation in practice
  • S Jon McGraw (hamstring) - Limited participation in practice

Both Jackson and O'Callaghan missed last week so it's very possible they're out once again on Sunday against the 49ers. They'll probably have to practice at some point before Todd Haley would let them play. McGraw also missed last week due to a hamstring injury.

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Arrowhead Stadium Crowd Will Play A Role In Chiefs, 49ers Game

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Sunday inside Arrowhead Stadium. The crowd at the Chiefs season opener -- Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers -- contributed to a few false starts and overall communication issues for the Chargers.

The 49ers now come to Kansas City on the heels of some communication issues after Week 1 in Seattle. Here's what SB Nation's Niners Nation had to say about it:

Now, the 49ers head to Arrowhead Stadium. The Seahawks continue to claim Qwest Field is the loudest stadium. And while it might have loudest decibel measurement, the stadium was also specifically designed to keep in the noise and is state of the art. Arrowhead Stadium, even with renovations, is old school enough that it can still bring an intimidating noise factor.

I think that's a pretty fair description of Arrowhead Stadium. Depending on the environment, the word intimidating would be accurate as well.

The Chiefs are now 2-0 and Sunday's game will likely be near the same attendance as the Monday Night Football game. I would bet on at least a couple of false starts and/or early timeouts for the 49ers.

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Chiefs vs. 49ers: Kansas City's Depth Chart Sees Small Change

The Kansas City Chiefs have released their depth chart for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. There was one small change with LB Cameron Sheffield being placed on IR last week and LB Charlie Anderson being signed.

Here's the Chiefs depth chart for Sunday's game against the 49ers:

OFFENSE

WR: Chris Chambers, Terrance Copper, Jeremy Horne

LT: Branden Albert, Barry Richardson

LG: Brian Waters, Jon Asamoah

C: Casey Wiegmann, Rudy Niswanger

RG: Ryan Lilja, Jon Asamoah

RT: Ryan O'Callaghan, Barry Richardson

TE: Leonard Pope, Tony Moeaki, Jake O'Connell

WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster

QB: Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle

FB: Tim Castille, Mike Cox

RB: Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles, Jackie Battle

DEFENSE

LDE: Tyson Jackson, Shaun Smith, Alex Magee

NT: Ron Edwards, Anthony Toribio

RDE: Glenn Dorsey, Wallace Gilberry

LOLB: Mike Vrabel, Andy Studebaker

LILB: Jovan Belcher, Corey Mays, Justin Cole

RILB: Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams, Cory Greenwood

ROLB: Tamba Hali, Charlie Anderson

LCB: Brandon Flowers, Travis Daniels, Jackie Bates

RCB: Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas

SS: Eric Berry, Donald Washington, Reshard Langford

FS: Jon McGraw, Kendrick Lewis

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop

K: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt

KO: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt

PC: Thomas Gafford, Andy Studebaker, Cory Greenwood

KC: Thomas Gafford, Andy Studebaker, Cory Greenwood

H: Dustin Colquitt, Brodie Croyle

PR: Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster

KR: Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Jeremy Horne

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