The San Francisco 49ers were able to get a come from behind win against the Kansas City Chiefs. B.J. Daniels led a late drive that put the team ahead. There were some positives that can be pulled out of the game but, there is a lot of room for improvement as well. Some players continued to play well while a few others struggled.
The depth of the 49ers’ defense showed as the Chiefs played their starters for basically the whole first half. They hung with the Alex Smith and the Chiefs first team offense. It was a different story on the offensive side of the ball. At one point in the first half, the 49ers had only completed three passes.
The Chiefs’ defense did a very good job of getting pressure on the 49ers’ quarterbacks. Their front seven is very good. Justin Houston specifically came to play. He was a constant cause of pressure on Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien. Dontari Poe did a nice job of preventing the 49er offensive line from getting any kind of push.
Both McCoy and Tolzien struggled again this week. The problem is getting protection for them. The reserve offensive line is becoming a reason for concern. They are allowing the quarterbacks to be pressured too much and that makes it more difficult to get a good evaluation on them as they fight for the opportunity to backup Colin Kaepernick. McCoy did have a couple of nice runs on third down which resulted in first downs.
Sean Smith showed why he is considered to be one of press corners in the NFL as he suffocated A.J. Jenkins at the line of scrimmage and in the initial phase of his routes. Jenkins was held without a catch in just about three quarters of work. He was targeted a few times but both resulted in interceptions. Neither of the interceptions were Jenkins’ fault.
The 49er defense stifled the Chiefs starters on offense, holding them from scoring an touchdown. The only touchdown for the Chiefs came via a very nice kickoff return by the newly acquired Quintin Demps. Dewayne Bowe was held without a catch and Alex Smith was 7/16 for 62 yards, against mostly the second team defense.
Anxious fans got to see the debut of B.J. Daniels in the third quarter. He played well against the Chiefs’ reserves on defense. Daniels was 6/9 for 72 yards including a very nice 14 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chuck Jacobs. He looked like he knew where he wanted to go with the ball right away and made a few very accurate throws to Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins on slants.
Phil Dawson did a good job of connecting on two 55 yard fields goals, both with room to spare. That has to be encouraging to the 49ers after the struggles last year by an injured David Akers.
Michael Wilhoite continued to impress in Patrick Willis’ absence. He only had three tackles but did a good job of filling gaps against the run.
Nick Moody continued to be all over the field as he had ten tackles and was around the ball the whole game.
Corey Lemonier continued to show that he is ready to be a situational pass rusher during the regular season. He collected another sack and was near the quarterback multiple times. His get off the line is really good and his is able to anticipate the snap count like as if he is in the huddle.
Perish Cox had two sacks as he blitzed from the nickel spot. He also made a few good plays outside to get a couple of pass break ups.
Vic Fangio seemed to dial up a few more blitzes against former 49er quarterback Alex Smith. Defensive Coordinators have started to get into their blitz packages a little more during the off season this year.
The special teams coverage unit gave up two long returns, one of which was a 104 yard touchdown.
Frank Gore had a long 52 yard run in which Colin Kaepernick was his lead blocker for a part of the run. Have to like seeing a quarterback that is willing to mix it up with defense.
Undrafted wide receiver Chuck Jacobs scored the first touchdown of the preseason for the 49ers.
Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings will roll into Candlestick next week as the preseason contest is featured on Sunday Night Football.