This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason road game against the Kansas City Chiefs. I will update this frequently from my living room.
4:45 The 49ers just announced the following players will not play tonight:
- FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring)
- CB Dontae Johnson (concussion)
- LB Donavin Newsom (concussion)
- LB Brock Coyle (rib)
- OG Joshua Garnett (knee)
- TE George Kittle (hamstring)
4:50 Obviously, I’m interested to see which players will perform well tonight in the 49ers’ new offensive and defensive schemes. But I’m also interested to see which players Kyle Shanahan has chosen to feature tonight, and the different ways he will feature them. Whom do you think he will feature, and why?
6:05 Tim Ryan says Kyle Shanahan scripts the first 24 or 25 offensive plays.
6:06 The Chiefs will receive the opening kickoff.
6:08 First play, Tyreek Hill burns Rashard Robinson deep down the sideline for a 32-yard gain. Robinson whiffed when he tried to jam Hill.
6:13 On first-and-goal from the two-yard line, Spencer Ware runs between the tackles and scores. 7-0 Chiefs.
6:14 The Chiefs faced two third downs on that drive. On the first third down, 49ers defensive coordinator made both of his defensive tackles — DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead — rush the B-gaps, which allowed Alex Smith to easily scramble up the middle for a 10-yard gain. That’s a coaching error. Saleh needs to position one of those defensive tackles in an A-gap and make him spy the quarterback. On the second third down, Smith completed a short pass in the flat to Ware, and Rashard Robinson flew right by and him and missed an easy tackle. Brutal opening drive for Robinson.
6:20 The 49ers offense go three and out.
6:21 On second-and-10, Carlos Hyde lost two yards on a toss play to his right because he stopped his feet in the backfield and failed to cut upfield. On third-and-12, Brian Hoyer completed a 15-yard pass to Jeremy Kerley, who reached up and made a beautiful catch. But it didn’t count because the Niners were flagged for an illegal formation penalty. The sloppiness they showed in practice this week has carried over to the beginning of this game.
6:27 On third-and-6, Rashard Robinson intercepts a poorly thrown pass by Tyler Bray.
6:30 On third-and-5, Steven Nelson breaks up a short pass intended for Kerley, who ran a slant route. Robbie Gould makes a 38-yard field goal. Chiefs lead 7-3.
6:31 Shanahan called an inside zone run for Hyde on first-and-1o and Hyde gained two yards.
6:31 On Robinson’s interception, Bray had stepped up in the pocket and ran right into Solomon Thomas, who pushed the pocket well on that play. This caused a bad throw.
6:40 Bray completed a 17-yard pass over the middle to Conley, and free safety Lorenzo Jerome hit him low and forced a fumble which the Chiefs recovered. Three plays later, Kansas City punted. Niners ball inside their 5-yard line. Matt Barkley will be the quarterback.
6:41 Brian Hoyer was on the field for six plays.
6:43 Barkley’s first pass is a 14-yard completion to Marquise Goodwin on a play-action bootleg pass to the right. Barkley’s second pass is a play-action pass to Aldrick Robinson, who ran a post route, broke a tackle and gained 63 yards.
6:48 Matt Breida replaces Carlos Hyde at running back and gains four yards on his first three carries.
6:54 Barkley completes a touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, but the play doesn’t count because Aaron Burbridge committed a pass interference penalty. Then Matt Breida scored a touchdown run, but that play didn’t count because the Niners committed a false start penalty. This is an undisciplined team.
6:57 The Chiefs commit a penalty on the field-goal attempt and the Niners get a new set of downs.
6:58 Matt Breida loses three yards on second-and-goal from the one and fumbles, but the officials rule his forward progress had been stopped. Next play, Barkley misses Vance McDonald, who was running a shallow crossing route. On fourth down, Robbie Gould makes a 22-yard field goal. Chiefs lead 7-6.
7:02 Kyle Shanahan has installed a creative offensive system. Now he needs to instill discipline.
7:04 On third-and-7, Aaron Lynch reaches out with one hand and drags Bray down by the back of his jersey for the sack. DeAndre Carter returns the punt 29 yards, but the play doesn’t count because of offsetting penalties. Replay fourth down.
7:07 This time Carter returns the punt just six yards, and the 49ers commit yet another penalty — a hold by Dekoda Watson.
7:14 Joe Williams comes into the game at running back, and on his first carry gains 17 yards on a toss play to his right. On his second carry, he gains 17 yards on an outside zone play to his right. The kid is a phenom.
7:15 Nick Rose makes a 27-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 9-7.
7:22 Keith Reaser gives up a deep catch to DeMarcus Robinson, but the completion doesn’t count because the Chiefs left tackle was penalized for holding Eli Harold. The 49ers corners are bad.
7:22 Aaron Lynch sacked Patrick Mahomes. Lynch is making the team.
7:25 Matt Barkley completes a 19-yard pass to Trent Taylor on second-and-17. Joe Williams made the play possible with a beautiful block in pass protection. The kid is a phenom!
7:31 Williams makes a 9-yard catch along the sideline, but the Niners’ eighth penalty of the first half negates the completion.
7:32 Barkley gets sacked on second-and-15.
7:34 Robbie Gould’s 51-yard field-goal attempt travels roughly 40 yards. No good. Halftime.
7:44 Barkley wasn’t bad in the first half. A pass interference penalty against Aaron Burbridge negated a touchdown pass, and yet Barkley’s QB rating still was 92.3.
7:47 The 49ers will receive the ball to start the second half.
7:50 C.J. Beathard comes into the game at QB. On third down, he holds the ball too long and takes a sack. Three and out.
7:51 Tim Ryan says Beathard was Shanahan’s favorite QB in the entire draft.
7:56 Will Redmond gives up a nine-yard catch. He was unable to plant and burst toward the ball — he still seems affected by his ACL injury from college. I doubt he will make the team.
7:57. Solomon Thomas tackles Charcandrick West for no gain on second-and-1. And on third-and-1, Thomas explodes into the backfield and knocks West into a tackler for another no gain. Good sequence for Thomas.
7:58 The Chiefs make a field goal and lead 10-9.
8:04 Joe Williams squirts through a small tackle up the middle on an outside zone play and gains nine yards. A few plays later, Williams explodes around the left side for a 17-yard gain on a toss play, but the play doesn’t count because the backup fullback committed a holding penalty. That’s the 11th penalty the 49ers have committed.
8:05 The Chiefs block Brad Pinion’s punt and advance the ball to the 49ers’ 8-yard line.
8:08 Chanceller James commits pass interference on the 49ers 2-yard line. That’s their 12th penalty of the game. Mahomes throws a touchdown pass two plays later, and the Chiefs lead 17-9.
8:18 First play of the drive, Shanahan calls a counter toss to the left for Williams, who fumbles the toss in the backfield, picks up the ball and runs for 11 yards. No problem. But the drive goes nowhere because the Niners commit their 13th and 14th penalties of the game.
8:24 Mahomes completes a pass in the flat on third-and-16, and Solomon Thomas runs down the receiver to make the tackle after a four-yard gain. Niners ball at their 33 after the punt.
8:32 C.J. Beathard slides to his left and completes a 46-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne. The cornerback slipped and fell during the play and Bourne was wide open. Nice throw, though. Now the Niners are going for two.
8:34 Bourne runs a fade route and catches the ball over the back of the cornerback. The two-point conversion is good. Game tied at 17.
8:43 Calitro forces a fumble and D.J. Jones recovers at the Chiefs 23.
8:46 On second-and-goal from the 2, Beathard rolls to his right and throws a short pass to fullback Tyler McClosky for a touchdown. Niners lead 24-17.
8:48 Penalty No. 17: 12 men on the field during an extra point.
9:09 Raheem Mostert runs the ball 10 times for 63 yards in just one drive. Gould makes a 38-yard field goal with 56 seconds left. Niners lead 27-17.
9:15 Chiefs go three and out.
9:15 Trent Taylor runs through the middle of the defense and breaks a couple during a 33-yard punt return.
9:16 Game over. Niners win 27-17. Stay tuned for grades.