49ers Fall Flat in Kansas City

By Joe Kukura
|  Sunday, Sep 26, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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Do not expect Frank Gore to claim "we whooped their behinds" after this San Francisco 49ers loss.

The 49ers were demolished in every capacity in a sloppy and uncomposed 31-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The team that was supposed to run away with the NFC West sits in last place at 0-3.

Just like in the Week 1 loss to the Seahawks, the underdogs had the 49ers on the wrong end of a blowout by the early third quarter. That's when a wildcat double-reverse fleaflicker gadget play put it out of reach, with Thomas Jones taking a direct snap and tossing it to Matt Cassel who then bombed it 45 yards to Dwayne Bowe who then rendered 49ers' season a train wreck in progress.

The 49ers' offense pulled a complete, full-game no-show. After a scoreless first quarter, Shontae Spencer snuffed a deep Chiefs scoring threat with a coverage-jumping pick. Seemed great until three plays later, when the Chiefs did the exact same right back as Brandon Flowers swiped an Alex Smith throw to set up the Chiefs at the 49ers' 31 yard line.

They scored immediately, with Matt Cassel connecting with the rookie sensation Dexter McCluster for a 31-yard touchdown. Then the Chiefs went with the onside kick! And they recovered it! Just one minute into the second quarter! Todd Haley is the new Sean Payton!

Except the Chiefs were offsides and it was called back. The 49ers got on the board on that next drive with a 51-yard Nedney field goal to make it 7-3.

Ryan Succop sucked up with a 32-yard field goal right before halftime to extend the Chiefs' lead to 10-3.

But the fleaflicker and an 18-yard Matt Cassel touchdown to Chiefs' tight end Tony Moeaki had the Chiefs ahead by three touchdowns in the third quarter.

The 49ers' offense didn't penetrate the Chiefs' red zone until the final minute of the game.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who cannot believe he missed the Folsom Street Fair for this.

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