The Kansas City Chiefs opened the 2010 season at 2-0 for the first time since 2005. Would they be able to move to 3-0? The 49ers came to town hoping to record their first win and hand KC their first loss of the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs were undefeated to start the 2010 season, which was a sight to behold for fans after their putrid 2009 campaign. This year would pit the AFC West against the NFC West and the first NFC West team on KC’s schedule was the San Francisco 49ers, who were looking for their first win of the 2010 season.
These two teams had gotten off to different starts and the Chiefs knew all too well how it felt to start off 0-2. San Francisco had one particular familiar face leading the charge and little did we all know that player would be a big part of the Chiefs’ turnaround just a few years down the road.
So, how did the week three game against the 49ers play out?
WEEK 3 VS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2010
It took a bit for this game to get going, as the Chiefs and 49ers traded punts in the first quarter. The second quarter got off to a fun start right away as the Chiefs went for it on fourth down at midfield and converted. Unfortunately that drive eventually led to an interception and a promising drive turned into disappointment just like that.
On the ensuing 49ers drive, Brandon Flowers came up with a big interception to give the Chiefs offense another shot. One play later, Matt Cassel connected with Dexter McCluster, who took it 31 yards into the end zone to put up the first points of the afternoon. It was McCluster’s first NFL touchdown as a receiver (he scored a touchdown in week one on special teams).
After both teams trading field goals, it was a 10-3 Chiefs lead at the half in what was mostly a snooze fest. Don’t you worry though, as things picked up in the third quarter for Kansas City when Cassel had a 45 yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe.
Later on in the third quarter, Cassel threw his third touchdown of the day, this time to Tony Moeaki, who had one hell of a grab in the back of the end zone. It was 24-3 and the Chiefs were blowing out the 49ers before the third quarter was even over.
The Chiefs really ran the ball well against a 49ers front that had been considered pretty good against the run and that was essentially how the rest of the fourth quarter played out. Cassel kept handing off to Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, and the Niners had no answer for stopping either of them. Jones eventually found the end zone to put KC up 31-3 late in the game.
While San Francisco scored in the final seconds, it didn’t matter. The final whistle blew and it was a 31-10 Kansas City Chiefs victory, which moved them to 3-0 on the year. The 49ers dropped to 0-3.
REMEMBER THAT GUY?
- In the second quarter, the broadcasters discussed Shaun Smith and how he had been talking trash to a rookie offensive lineman. Smith was evidently issued a conduct warning after knocking the lineman’s helmet off.
- Jackie Battle got into the game late. Remember Jackie Battle?!
- The 49ers position skills players consisted of names like Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Delanie Walker yet this team wound up going 6-10. Crazy.
This was the coming out party for the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs offense, as Matt Cassel had his best game of the season. Cassel threw for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception while completing 16 of 27 passes.
The run game was dominant with Jamaal Charles rushing for 97 yards and Thomas Jones rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Bowe and Tony Moeaki led the way in the receiving game with Bowe grabbing two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown and Moeaki catching four passes for 44 yards and a score.
On the other side of the ball, the 49ers were led by soon-to-be Chief Alex Smith, who didn’t play great in this one. He threw for 232 yards, one touchdown (in the final seconds), and an interception, but his offensive line didn’t help him out much, as he was sacked five times.
While this game wasn’t the most exciting, especially the first half, it was the first Chiefs blowout of the season and put them at 3-0 for the first time since 2003.
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