Tonight the San Francisco 49ers prevailed over the Kansas City Chiefs, 15-13 in Arrowhead Stadium. The Niners were behind most of the game, but pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter. They sacked KC’s second-string quarterback with 1:07 left on the clock to secure their lead.
Nevada favorite Colin Kaepernick was in the game for one series early in the first quarter, throwing two passes. The three back-up QBs played the remainder of the game. Coach Jim Harbaugh gave the most playing time to Colt McCoy, who is fully recovered from a minor shoulder injury suffered in San Francisco’s first preseason game. McCoy faltered a bit at first, including getting sacked. But he had two nice runs early in the second quarter. Rookie BJ Daniels entered the game late in the third quarter and stayed in until the final whistle. Two seconds before the 2-minute warning he fired off a nice pass that connected with Chuck Jacobs in the end zone for the 49ers’ only TD of the game. Daniels had good field presence and seemed to read the Chiefs’ defense pretty well. If he continues to play as he did tonight, he could challenge for the #2 spot.
Former 49er Alex Smith, now the Chief’s starting QB, played most of the game. But the Niners strong defense limited Kansas City’s scoring opportunities, although Quinton Demps ran 104 yards to score on the kick-off following the 49ers first field goal.
Preseason only gives a few indications of how the regular season will go since most teams play cautiously to avoid injuries. But it’s fun to watch the jostling for starting positions. Sometimes preseason is the only opportunity to see some of the players in action. But given that the 49ers are coming off a Super Bowl appearance with many key players still on the roster (Kaepernick, Gore, Anquan Boldin) and some great additions (McCoy, Daniels), I see a strong season ahead.