Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Parys Lemonier (98) is called for a foul against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Fall To 49ers 15-13: Recap And Reaction

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to 0-2 in the preseason with a 15-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Like the first game against the New Orleans Saints, there were highs and lows. The highs included special teams play, the overall defensive play, and a few strong individual performances. The lows included bad pass protection by the offensive line, the inability of the quarterbacks to get the ball to the wide receivers, and a late game winning drive by the 49ers against the third string.

Ultimately, the final score of a preseason game isn’t the most important story. Most of the focus coming away from this game will be on Alex Smith and the passing game. Smith played the entire first half and finished 7 of 16 for 62 yards. Like the first game, Smith was not able to get his WRs involved. Unlike the first game, he was not able to make up for it with an efficient short passing game. In Smith’s defense, his teammates didn’t help him out much. He had three dropped passes and was constantly being chased out of the pocket by the 49ers defense. Still, Smith will need to do more than he showed tonight for the Chiefs to succeed.

Knile Davis did a solid, but not spectacular job filling in for Jamaal Charles. He finished with 37 yards on 10 carries and added another 3 receptions for 31 yards. San Francisco has an excellent rush defense and although Davis isn’t a special player that can carry an offense like Charles, Davis did appear to be a solid backup option.

The highlight of the night was the special teams play. With the exception of a rare Dustin Colquitt blocked punt, the special teams were great for the second straight game. Quintin Demps had an 104 yard kick off return for a TD. The Chiefs also blocked an extra point that left them an opening to kick a game winning field goal. Through 2 games the Chiefs have out gained their opponents 507 to 127 in total return yards. That’s a staggering advantage, preseason or not.

The biggest let down of the night was the pass protection. All three KC quarterbacks were chased, hurried, knocked down, and ultimately sacked 7 times by the 49ers defense. First overall draft pick Eric Fisher didn’t have a great night and the entire offensive line will have to do a better job in order for the pass game to thrive.

A few other notes:

Dontari Poe looked like a force in the middle for a second straight game.

The other “Po Brother”, Jerrell Powe also looked pretty strong with the second string.

I thought both Akeem Jordan and Nico Johnson looked good tonight. This looks like its shaping up to be the best battle of the preseason.

Jon Baldwin had a HORRIBLE drop on a great pass by Alex Smith and continues to look like a bust as a first round pick.

How about you Addicts, what did you think about the Chiefs second preseason game? Things you liked? Things that have you worried? Feel free to vent away in the comments below.

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  • Danny W

    I agree on the Po’s looking great. I would like to see Powe repped in with the firsts. I would like to see Tyler Bray repped in with the seconds. I thought Don Steve looked pretty solid. I think Knile Davis is below average. I think special teams will rock this year. I think our defense will rock this year. Edgar Jones is looking pretty good as our back up OLB. I think Justin Houston goes all world this year and becomes the best player on our defense with Dontari Poe a close second. Sadly I have to say Jon Baldwin may be a bust, but why no targets to Dwayne Bowe? Hopefully Eric Fisher doesn’t go all Robert Gallery on us and just turns out to be a solid guard. To me at this point Don Steve should be pushing him for the job.

    • ArrowFan

      I though Davis was the best looking back we had to night. Hemingway looks fat.

      • Jason Seibel

        I must say I was pleasantly surprised with Knile Davis this evening. I thought he definitely stepped up to the task. Jamaal Charles, he’s not but he’s not bad. And he didn’t fumble.

      • Danny W

        Davis has 4.3 speed but of all the college tape I’ve seen of him in college he never hits the home run. I want a guy who can do that backing up Jammal Chuck.

    • Chuck Burrell

      I agree with everything said here. But from watching the game from the stands, it was easy to see that AS11 was nervous the whole game. Wouldn’t settle his feet before the throw. Looked like cassel, playing scared. Lets hope that was due to his tenacious former team/nerves getting to his head. Shake it off Alex. Better luck next week.

      • Danny W

        Yea he doesn’t settle all that well and make a hard out route throw most pro’s should be able to make. Hopefully he just hasn’t shown us yet.

        • Chuck Burrell

          There is a lot left to be seen with this team. I’m sure Reid would’ve kicked the chipshot fg

  • ArrowFan

    I think our D is going to be scary. It is obvious the O line needs some work but there is time. I’m very glad that BA is still on our team.

    • micah stephenson

      Our OTs are 1st rd picks. Our LG, C, RG are 2nd rd picks.

  • micah stephenson

    Alex Smith with 62 yards passing. Hmmm

    • ArrowFan

      What did CK7 have?

      • Jason Seibel

        Or Geno Smith?

        • micah stephenson

          Geno Smith don’t play till tonight. Bills 1st rd pick E.J.Manual did look good going 10/12 for 98 yrds and a TD.

          • Jason Seibel

            I think EJ is going to be good in Buffalo for sure.

      • micah stephenson

        Frank Gore ran it for 52 yards, CK7 hits LMJames on a screen, a F.Gore run, then a incomplete pass to hall and CK7 was done after 4 plays. Smiths incomplete pass was just about a foot to long for the FB to catch up with but at least it was over ten yards on the attempt.

    • Chiefswatch

      Comes the comment of someone who did not watch the game no doubt. That passing night was not on Smith at all. Shitty receiver play and what looked like the Bears Oline protecting him.

      • micah stephenson

        Huh? I was sitting on row 10. So at 1st we was just a QB away. That’s all we needed was a QB. Now its the wrs and oline. Which one is it?

        • Chiefswatch

          NIce pic but maybe you were drunk or you are still so sour on Smith you don’t give a shit. Targeting a guy that catches balls in practice is not a mistake by any stretch. Smith will learn by the end of preseason that targeting Baldwin in practice and targeting him in a game are two completely different things. And Baldwin wasn’t the only one dropping passes. So logical thought would lead you to the conclusion that if those balls were caught like they should have been, and Smith wasnt forced to throw it away or take a coverage sack, Smith’s stat line would have looked way different. So in summary the O performance was not on Smith, he did not look bad at all, and you need to get over your hate of him.

          • micah stephenson

            62 yards passing for a half just don’t impress me.

      • Patrick Allen

        Yeah, Smith had three drops but he still played poorly. Sorry but that is the reality of last night. The KC offense couldn’t move the ball on the 49er backups. Bowe had one target. That is bad news.

        • Chiefswatch

          Disagree, and I am not defending Smith. I am the last to sugar coat anything but really Patrick, its the preseason. Smith throws to Baldwin cause he looks open and when he is open in practice he catches the ball. Three drops that would have moved the chains. Add in those drops and that yardage and all of a sudden Smith looks to have decent night against Super Bowl contenders. Bowe will be targeted plenty come the season.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I just think we have to remember who the Chiefs were playing tonight. Expecting our offense to play like it did last week was unrealistic. It’s going to take time for this offense to gel. The 49ers on paper should have womped us. No matter how you shake it our play is much better than this time last year. Good thing for us we have an easy schedule the first half of the season. We need the time and the weaker teams to beat up on and build our confidence.

    To me the question is right now, how many points will our special teams score this year? Man they are looking good.

  • Chiefswatch

    I really did feel that Baldwin was suffering from terrible QBs but honestly he looks like a bust. It is nothing but nerves though, I can tell that with every dropped pass. It is all in his head; that’s why he looks so good in practice. Poor kid just needs to catch a couple in a row.

  • tm1946

    As a whole, this game was ugly on several levels. We all have rehased it but this team was 2-14 last year and appears to be only a bit improved even with all the changes we have seen.
    A two week fix does not seem all that possible to me but, I hope, I am totally in error. WRs not involved, cannot pick up the blitz and no one seem interested in fixing as the game went on, backup are not capable of stepping in (as a group). Second string seem vacant in ability, OL is just not a unit unless you run and throw delays.
    Next week we may seem some vast improvement There is a good player here or there but, play after play, game in and out, they just do not show up consistantly.

  • sidibeke

    Our o line needs and SHOULD do better. Then, I think Smith will be able to get our WRs the ball. Until I see that, it is a concern. Otherwise, D did great against a good SF O and our Toub is the man!

  • Brody Hall

    what I know is both weeks our starters have left the game with the lead and this time we did it without JC. Are we perfect? No team is… but are we contenders this year… sure looks that way to me.

  • Jay Dilla

    This is the most accurate, spot on article I’ve ever read about Alex Smith. Finally a realistic, unbiased diagnosis of the man, I’m SOOOO tired of people who have only started watching him play the last 2 years telling me he’s WAY better than people think he is: Bottom line: if the defense and running game look good, Smith will look good.