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49ers vs. Chiefs: A prospector's guide

We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the 49ers Week 5 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to town on Sunday for just their 12th meeting in NFL history. The 49ers have the slim 6-5 series edge, but the Chiefs have claimed the last two.

The game kicks off at 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS, with the No. 1 crew of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. We'll have the broadcast maps later today or tomorrow, but this should get some solid national coverage. The Chargers and Jets are also playing on CBS at 1:25 p.m., so there will be some competition for eyeballs. I suspect 49ers-Chiefs will air in at least half the country, but we'll wait and see.

Obviously this marks Alex Smith's return to San Francisco, but at the quarter point of the season, this is a big game for both teams. Both stand at 2-2. The 49ers are coming off a big home win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while the Chiefs blew out the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs have won two straight, and a road win against the 49ers would add even more credibility to a season that has quickly turned from disaster to intriguing. The 49ers bounced back from two straight losses to claim an ugly win over the Eagles last week. Sunday is not "must win", but it's an important game. The 49ers already dropped one home game to the Chicago Bears. Even though it's "only" inter-conference, the 49ers cannot be dropping more home games.

The Chiefs bring a dominant ground attack to Levi's Stadium, where the 49ers have taken a big step forward on defense. The 49ers defense against Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis will be the most important matchup of the day, but the 49ers certainly cannot forget about tight end Travis Kelce. He has emerged as a significant threat, and we know how much Alex Smith loves his tight ends. Patrick Willis and/or Michael Wilhoite will have their hands full on Sunday.

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

S Antoine Bethea

  • Registered 7 total tackles and 1 FF vs. KC (10/10/10), as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

WR Anquan Boldin

  • In 3 games against the Chiefs, has recorded 13 receptions for 217 yards and 2 TDs.

K Phil Dawson

  • As a member of the Cleveland Browns, made 4 of 4 FGs and 3 of 3 PATs vs. KC (9/8/02). At the time, his 15 points set a new career- high.

RB Frank Gore

  • Registered a career-high 102 rec. yards on 9 receptions at KC (9/26/10).

WR Stevie Johnson

  • In 5 games against the Chiefs, has recorded 16 receptions for 195 yards and 3 TDs.

WR Brandon Lloyd

  • As a member of the Denver Broncos, recorded 6 receptions for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. KC (11/14/2010).

  • In three games against the Chiefs, has recorded 12 receptions for 216 yards and 2 TDs.

2014 Statistics

49ERS (rank) CHIEFS (rank)
2-2 (3rd NFCW) Record 2-2 (3rd AFCW)
22.0 (t-20th) Points per game 25.5 (t-9th)
350.8 (19th) Total Offense 352.5 (16th)
138.5 (7th) Rushing Offense 145.3 (4th)
212.3 (22nd) Passing Offense 207.3 (28th)
34:16 (3rd) Possession Avg 32:10 (7th)
22.3 (t-12th) Points allowed/gm 19.8 (8th)
287.3 (2nd) Total Defense 338.0 (11th)
69.8 (2nd) Rushing Defense 116.5 (19th)
217.5 (7th) Passing Defense 221.5 (8th)
5 (t-23rd) Sacks 12 (t-2nd)
43.1 (26th) Punting Avg (Gross) 45.5 (13th)
+4 (t-4th) Turnover Differential -2 (t-22nd)