The San Francisco 49ers got yet another NFL preseason win, this time 27-17 over the Kansas City Chiefs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top five performances the contest.
In what was the team’s most complete showing so far this preseason, the starting offense saw a complete half of playing time, as it looked to get in what was likely the last bit of playing time before Week 1 of the regular season, starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 8.
Given last week’s less-than-spectacular outing in Denver against the Broncos, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was looking to bounce back and knock off some of the rust from having not played much football in the last year, and he was instrumental in one of the more consistent offensive showings of the preseason from the Niners.
The defense also continued to be effective, especially inside the red zone, although it did surrender its first touchdown inside the 20-yard line, a 6-yard jet-sweep scamper from Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle.
As I’ve noted all preseason, however, these games are most important as opportunities to evaluate player performances, rather than be too concerned about wins and losses.
Honorable mention here for running back Matt Breida, not only for his spectacular touchdown catch from Garoppolo, but an overall strong day, as well as linebacker Kwon Alexander, who looked comfortable in his first action back from injury and defensive back Jimmie Ward, who showed himself to be a useful utility piece on defense, even if he doesn’t start at free safety.
With that said, here are the top five performances from 49ers players in their preseason Week 3 win in Kansas City.