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San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs: A Prospector's Guide

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Coach Singletary makes his introduction to the AFC West this Sunday in the 49ers first inter-conference matchup. We'll have plenty more this week, but here are some odds and ends courtesy of the 49ers media folks.

San Francisco hits the road for the second time in three weeks and heads to Kansas City for a matchup with the Chiefs. The Niners are 6-4 overall vs. the Chiefs, including victories in two of the last three matchups. This will be the first meeting between the Chiefs and 49ers since 2006 at Arrowhead Stadium. The trip to Kansas City marks the first time in head coach Mike Singletary's coaching career that he has faced a team from the AFC West division.

The Niners suffered a disappointing loss last week to the Saints on Monday Night Football when the Saints made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to win 25-22. Despite committing four turnovers, QB Alex Smith led the offense on four drives of 80 yards or more, with three resulting in touchdowns. The 417 total yards on offense were the most since 2006 (11/19/06 - vs. Seattle).

RB Frank Gore displayed his knack for gaining yards by racking up 112 yards on the ground to set a new franchise record of 21 career 100-yard games (RB Joe Perry - 20).

49ers-Chiefs Connections

  • 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye held the same position while with the Chiefs from 1998-2000. He also was the running backs coach (1993-97) and offensive assistant/tight ends (1992) with KC.
  • 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky played linebacker for the Chiefs from 1994-99.
  • 49ers special teams coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer held the sameposition with the Chiefs from 1989-94. He also was a tight ends coach (1993-94), defensive backs coach (1995-98) and the defensive coordinator (1999-2000) with the team. He coached with Chiefs assistant head coach Maurice Carthon while with the Lions in 2002.
  • 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari held the same position with the Chiefs from 1997-2005. He was the offensive coordinator for Kansas City from 2006-07 and also worked with Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark from 2008-09.
  • 49ers secondary coach Vance Joseph and Chiefs defensive quality control coach Otis Smith were both cornerbacks with the Jets when Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was an offensive assistant and offensive line coach Bill Muir held the same position during the 1995 season.
  • 49ers wide receivers coach/senior assistant Jerry Sullivan coached with Chiefs tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee and assistant general manager (defensive assistant at the time) Joel Collier while with the Dolphins in 2004.
  • 49ers quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson coached with Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas while with the Falcons from 2002-05.
  • Chiefs wide receivers coach Richie Anderson coached with 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and 49ers offensive assistant Jason Michael while with the Jets in 2006. Anderson was also coached by 49ers head strength and conditioning Duane Carlisle while at PennState University from 1989-1992.
CHIEFS-NORCAL CONNECTIONS: Chiefs area scout Aundrae Harris was a wide receiver, cornerback, and return man at the University of California - Berkeley (1999). He was also drafted by the XFL's San Francisco Demons in 2001 ... Chiefs linebacker Justin Cole played at San Jose State University from 2005-2008 ... Chiefs tackle Ryan O'Callaghan played at the University of California from 2001-2005.

49ERS-KANSAS CONNECTIONS: 49ers special teams coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer was a junior college All-American QB at Coffeyville Community College (KS) from 1967-68, and led the nation in passing as a sophomore ... 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari held the same position while at the University of Kansas from 1983-85 ... 49ers inside linebackers coach Vantz Singletary played linebacker at Kansas State University from 1987-88 ... FB Moran Norris played atKansas University from 1996-2000.

FORMER 49ERS - Chiefs area scout Aundrae Harris entered the NFL asa rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2000... Chiefs defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant played defensive end for 49ers in 2000.

TROJAN TIES - 49ers G Chilo Rachal played at USC with Chiefs QB Matt Cassel during the 2004 season.

GATOR NATION - 49ers DT Ray McDonald played at the University of Florida with Chiefs RB Kestahn Moore during the 2005 season.

BAYOU BENGALS - 49ers DT Ricky Jean Francois and S Curtis Taylor played at Louisiana State University with Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, DE Glenn Dorsey and DE Tyson Jackson during the 2006 and 2007 season.

HOOKED HORNS - 49ers CB Tarell Brown was a teammate with Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles in 2006 at Texas.

DOG POUND - 49ers rookie RB Anthony Dixon was a teammate with Chiefs WR Lance Long during the 2006 season at Mississippi State.

PANTHER PRIDE - 49ers TE Nate Byham caught passes from Chiefs QB Tyler Palko while the two played together at the University of Pittsburgh during the 2006 season.

BUCKEYE BROTHERS - 49ers WR Ted Ginn, T Alex Boone, and QB Troy Smith played at Ohio State with Chiefs S/CB Donald Washington from 2005-2006.


Series Highlights
Matchups: 10
Series Record: 49ers lead series 6-4
49ers Away Record vs. Chiefs: Chiefs lead series 3-2
First Meeting: 12/6/71, Chiefs win, 26-17
Last Meeting: 10/1/06, Chiefs win, 41-0
Current Streak: Lost 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (10/5/75-12/14/91)
Longest Chiefs Win Streak: 2 (9/11/94-11/30/97)
Most 49ers Points: 31 (11/17/85), 31-3, at Kansas City
Most Chiefs Points: 44 (11/30/97), 44-9, at Kansas City
49ers Shutouts: None
Chiefs Shutouts
: 1, (10/1/06), 41-0, Chiefs win, at Kansas City

At Kansas City, MO, October 1, 2006

The Kansas City Chiefs held the visiting San Francisco 49ers 4th-ranked offense to just 10 first downs and 165 total yards in a 41-0 rout at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs converted three 49ers turnovers into 17 points and converted over 50 percent on 3rd down. Kansas City backup QB Damon Huard played almost flawless. He completed all but two of his 15 first half passes and finished 18-of-23 for 208 yards and 2 TDs.

The 49ers entered the game with 12 sacks in their first three games but did not get a single sack against the Chiefs. After building a 34-0 lead in the 4th quarter, Kansas City PR Dante Hall capped the day with a 60-yard punt returned for a TD. After taking a 7-0 lead on the opening drive, Kansas City capitalized on the first of 3 turnovers. The Chiefs forced and recovered RB Frank Gore' s fumble at the San Francisco 25-yard line and converted the turnover into a field goal for a 10-0 1st quarter lead.

The Chiefs took a 17-0 lead when they converted two 3rd down plays on a 62-yd. drive in the 2nd quarter that was culminated with a 1-yard TD run by RB Larry Johnson. QB Alex Smith was intercepted for the first time in 2006 in the 2nd quarter when SS Sammy Knight picked off a pass and returned it 27 yds. to the 49ers 34-yard line. On the next play QB Damon Huard connected with WR Eddie Kennison on a 34-yard TD pass for a 24-0 lead. The 49ers had their only sustained drive on the next series, moving to the Kansas City 33-yard line where PK Joe Nedney attempted a 51-yard FG that sailed wide left as time expired in the 1st half.

RB Maurice Hicks returned the 2nd half kickoff 53 yards to try to get the 49ers back into the game, but he fumbled on the play and Kansas City recovered at their own 49-yard line. The Chiefs moved to the 31-yard line to set up a 49-yard FG for a 27-0 lead. The 49ers gained just two first downs in the second half and only 52 net yards. Kansas City added 14 points in the 4th quarter to drop the 49ers to a 1-3 season record.

2010 Statistics

49ERS (rank) CHIEFS (rank)
0-2 (t-3rd NFCW) Record 2-0 (t-1st AFCW)
14.0 (t-24th) Points per game 18.5 (t-17th)
340.0 (11th) Total Offense 254.5 (30th)
95.5 (19th) Rushing Offense 137.5 (5th)
244.5 (10th) Passing Offense 117.0 (30th)
30:03 (17th) Possession Avg 27:53 (23rd)
28.0 (t-30th) Points allowed/gm 14.0 (t-8th)
264.5 (4th) Total Defense 344.0 (24th)
63.5 (t-6th) Rushing Defense 91.0 (9th)
201.0 (14th) Passing Defense 253.0 (25th)
3 (t-18th) Sacks 3 (t-18th)
43.3 (18th) Punting Avg (Gross) 39.5 (26th)
-5 (t-30th) Turnover Differential +1 (t-14th)