4 hard realities 49ers taught us in Week 7 loss vs. Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The 49ers had an exceptionally tough 44-23 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7. What were some hard realities that came to light as a result?

The San Francisco 49ers had about as big a  heartbreaking and gut-checking 44-23 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in their Week 7 battle.

The Niners were just beginning to get healthy at the right time, and the game saw the return of some key players from injury. Defensive end Nick Bosa and tackle Trent Williams, two of arguably the best players at their positions, both came back from injuries that caused them to miss the team’s last game against the Atlanta Falcons in which San Francisco struggled mightily on both sides of the ball, and it was a big relief to see a number of reinforcements return this week.

However, the 49ers did not seem to bounce back fully from that loss. There were some areas that were extremely suspect in the game against the Chiefs.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the game got out of hand, but it may have actually started in the first half. With 1:55 left in the second quarter and down 14-13, the Niners had a drive that stalled and they punted. The Chiefs, however, fumbled the punt return, setting San Francisco’s offense up nicely in the red zone.

At this point, it seemed that the worst-case scenario would be the 49ers taking a 16-14 lead into the half and the best-case scenario would be them taking a 20-14 lead into the half.

That proved not to be the case, with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throwing a very careless interception in the end zone. Although the Chiefs would miss a field goal before the half, the Niners would never regain the lead in the game.

Let’s take a look at four hard realities that this loss taught us about the team.