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49ers Come From Behind In Fourth Quarter To Beat Chiefs 15-13

The San Francisco 49ers second preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs game ended with a victory with a late touchdown pass from rookie B.J. Daniels. The Niners won the game 15-13 over the Chiefs.

Daniels rallied the Niners to a win on a game-winning touchdown drive in which he completed 6-of-7 passes for 72 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to undrafted rookie wideout Chuck Jacobs. Jacobs was thrown to four times and caught two passes for 28 yards.

The Niners D held the Chiefs offense to just 170 total yards for the game. The defensive front-seven applied relentless pressure on Alex Smith and KC’s backup QB’s all game.

Here are some other highlights from the game:

  • Running back Frank Gore had a 52-yard rush on the offenses first play of the game. Like Colin Kaepernick, he played in only the first series.
  • The 49ers had nine receivers play in Friday night’s preseason game. The two receivers that sat out for San Francisco were Kyle Williams and fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton. Williams and Patton are still recovering from injuries.
  • For the second week in a row, receivers Anquan Boldin and Marlon Moore started with the first-team offense. Both only played on the opening series of the game, which was a four-play drive.
  • Chad Hall, lined up in the first offensive series as the team’s No. 3 receiver. Hall ran a deep corner route and was open in the end zone, but could not catch a third-down pass from Kaepernick. Hall led all 49ers receivers with two catches for 39 yards and was targeted the most (five times) in the game.
  • After the opening offensive drive for the Niners, A.J. Jenkins came into the game. He played for most of the first half, but remained catch less throughout the contest. He did have 21-yard reception against KC’s second-team defense, however, it was negated because of a holding penalty. He did have one good play in the game. With the Niners at their own goal line, he tripped up Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith, who picked off a pass from Colt McCoy.
  • Receiver Austin Collie did not get on the field until the third quarter. He caught one pass for 11 yards.
  • Daniels’ game-winning drive in the fourth quarter was 90-yards. He won the game for the Niners with a 14-yard touchdown pass to first-year receiver Chuck Jacobs with three minutes left in the game.
  • Playing against his former team, Alex Smith completed 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards. He was sacked on the first play of the Chiefs’ second drive by cornerback Perrish Cox. He was sacked three times in first half. The former Niners QB was pressured constantly by a variety of San Francisco’s first- and second-team defense.
  • Smith’s drives ended punt, punt, field goal, punt, and punt in the first half. He was sacked by former teammate Parys Haralson, who beat first-overall draft pick Eric Fisher off the right edge, to end the first-half. He finished with a quarterback rating of 54.7.
  • Backup quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien alternated series early in the win. McCoy ran for two first downs on his second series of the game.
  • San Francisco’s defense limited KC to just 92 yards in the first half.
  • The Niners had nine of the team’s defensive starters not playing in the game.
  • Rookie safety Eric Reid played like a veteran in his second preseason game. On one play in the second quarter, he blitzed up the middle and forced an incomplete third-down pass from Smith. It forced KC to kick a 23-yard field goal, instead of going for the touchdown.

Jim Harbaugh on the game:

We really wanted to see some players against the Chiefs (starters). We knew they’d play their ones the entire half on both sides of the ball, and wanted to see some of our players in that environment. That’s what it’s going to be like on Sundays.

Check out the remaining 49ers schedule from Go Tickets. Their next outing they’ll face Minnesota on August 25th at Candlestick Park. Since it’s the third preseason game, the starters will most likely play more snaps than any other preseason game so we’ll see how the Niners starters fare against Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.


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