This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason dress rehearsal against the Kansas City Chiefs. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from The Cohn Zohn War Room.
2:15 Check out my latest interview on 95.7 The Game with Mychael Urban and Rick Tittle. Skip ahead to the 27-minute mark to hear me.
3:45 The following 49ers will not play tonight:
- TE George Kittle (calf)
- DE Dee Ford (knee)
- DE Nick Bosa (ankle)
- DT Jullian Taylor (back)
- CB K’Waun Williams (knee)
- CB Jason Verrett (ankle)
- CB Tim Harris Jr. (groin)
- FS Adrian Colbert (hamstring)
- RB Jerick McKinnon (knee)
- WR Jalen Hurd (back)
- LB Elijah Lee (thumb)
- G Joshua Garnett (finger)
5:05 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
5:18 On fourth and one from the Chiefs 31-yard line, Garoppolo’s pass gets batted down at the line of scrimmage. Turnover on downs.
5:19 Shanahan called zero empty formations during that drive. On second and 10 from the 49ers 30, he called a play-action pass with a quick, straight drop back. Garoppolo hit a wide open Kendrick Bourne over the middle for 18 yards. That was the perfect play call for a quarterback struggling with confidence.
5:23 On third and two from the Chiefs 38, Solomon Thomas gives up a 62-yard touchdown catch to Chiefs running back Damien Williams. Yes, Thomas was covering a running back man to man downfield. No, I can’t tell you why. The Chiefs lead 7-0.
5:31 On first and 10 from the Chiefs 20-yard line, Matt Breida makes a diving catch in the end zone. The 49ers tie the game at seven. During the drive, Garoppolo completed a beautiful 33-yard pass up the sideline to Richie James. Garoppolo seems much more confident than he did against the Broncos.
5:46 On third and 1o from the 49ers 15, Jimmie Ward stops Patrick Mahomes after he scrambles for eight yards. The Chiefs kick a field goal and lead 10-7. During the drive, Richard Sherman gave up two catches for 25 yards, and Ahkello Witherspoon gave up two catches for 19 yards.
5:52 On third and three, Frank Clark beats Joe Staley and sacks Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers go three and out. Staley has played poorly this offseason. Maybe the 49ers shouldn’t have extended his contract this offseason.
5:59 On third and 18, Arik Armstead and Damontre Moore sack Chad Henne, and the Chiefs go three and out.
6:08 On third and three from the Chiefs 11, Garoppolo throws behind Ross Dwelley and the Chiefs break up the pass. Robbie Gould ties the game at 10. During the drive, Garoppolo completed a 21-yard play-action pass to Deebo Samuel. Good to see those two playing together finally.
6:14 The 49ers first-string defense forces its second-straight three and out. But, it’s facing Chiefs third-string quarterback Kyle Shurmur. Mahomes left the game two drives ago.
6:23 Gould kicks a field goal before halftime and the 49ers lead 13-10. During the drive, Garoppolo completed two passes to Ross Dwelley — a 23-yarder and a 7-yarder in the red zone.
6:25 Garoppolo finishes the night completing 14 of 20 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown. His quarterback rating was 116.2. He played well, and he threw a pass into tripled coverage that almost got intercepted. That rest of his decisions were good.
6:27 Overall, an extremely positive performance for the 49ers. They were locked in. Their secondary still looks a bit vulnerable, though.
6:42 On third and 14, Damontre Moore sacks Shurmur. Moore is a better pass rusher than Solomon Thomas.
6:45 On third and 5, Najee Toran blocks no one and the Chiefs sack Nick Mullens. Niners go three and out.
6:59 On second and goal from the 6, wide receiver Byron Pringle runs a jet sweep around the left end and scores. Blake Bell blocked Dontae Johnson out of the play. The Chiefs lead 17-13.
7:12 On second and one from the Chiefs four-yard line, Jeff Wilson bounces to his right and scores a touchdown. The 49ers lead 20-17. During the drive, Nick Mullens badly missed his first two throws. He missed a wide open Jordan Matthews deep, and he sailed a pass over Deebo Samuel’s head. But, Mullens recovered, completed his next four passes and led the touchdown drive. He has had a strained left oblique for more than a week — that’s why he barely played against the Broncos. Good thing Garoppolo seems ready for Week 1.
7:20 On third and five, Dontae Johnson breaks up a pass and the Chiefs go three and out.
7:32 Jeff Wilson Jr. carries the ball into the end zone on second and goal from the seven. Wilson Jr. is the 49ers’ best red-zone back. It would be a shame if the 49ers were to cut him and keep C.J. Beathard.