Cassel, Chiefs go to 3-0 with 31-10 win over 49ers
It’s hard to say which is more surprising – undefeated Kansas
City or winless San Francisco.
Three weeks into the season and the Chiefs (3-0) are roughly a
third of the way toward their combined victory total from the
previous three seasons after a 31-10 rout of the 49ers on
It would have been 31-3 if the 49ers hadn’t scored on Alex
Smith’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Morgan on the final play
Adding to the angst 49ers fans are sure to feel, Morgan went
down on that meaningless play and was slow to get up.
”I think the guy hit him in the back of the leg and I think his
knee got a little banged up on that,” said San Francisco coach
Matt Cassel threw three touchdown passes and Tamba Hali got
three of the Chiefs’ five sacks. The Chiefs haven’t been 3-0 since
2003, when they started 9-0. Now they take their bye week before
successive road trips to Indianapolis and Houston.
”We just have to keep it going,” said cornerback Brandon
Flowers, whose interception was followed by Cassel’s 31-yard TD
pass to Dexter McCluster. ”We can’t settle for 3-0. We’ve got a
bye week, we have time to prepare for our next opponent.”
This game bore no resemblance to the sloppy opening night
victory over San Diego or the win over Cleveland last week when the
offense did not score a touchdown.
”I’m proud of the guys,” said head coach Todd Haley, in his
second season. ”They’re just working hard every day to get a
Cassel was 16 for 27 for 250 yards and tossed a perfect 45-yard
strike to a wide-open Dwayne Bowe off a fake end-around.
Rookie tight end Tony Moeaki put Kansas City on top 24-3 late in
the third with a great falling down, one-handed catch of Cassel’s
”It was exciting,” the rookie tight end said. ”Matt just
threw a really great ball and put it in a great spot. I just tried
to make the catch.”
It’s the second time in three games San Francisco has been
dominated, which is sure to cause disquiet among fans who expected
the 49ers to contend.
Singletary hinted at personnel changes.
”Right now, what we are going to do is get back and look at the
film and hold off on making any changes until we look at the film
and go from there,” he said. ”We will look at the film and see
what is there and make decisions accordingly.”
Jamaal Charles rushed for 97 yards for the Chiefs and Thomas
Jones added 95, including a 3-yard scoring run that made it 31-3
with 3:27 left. KC’s 457 total yards were the most since gaining
524 in the final game last season.
The 49ers wound up with 251 total yards, which included 53 yards
on their final two plays.
”We were pretty ineffective the entire game,” Smith said. ”I
don’t know if there is anything to point to. I think it is
everything. We were pretty inept all the way around, throwing the
ball, running the ball, protecting, penalties, it was all in