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Disaster Averted: Chiefs hold on for win 
Posted on March 2, 2011 at 11:11 PM.




How many quarterbacks have thrown for over 450 yards while shouldering the brunt of the blame for a loss?

Alex Smith did just that, connecting on a flurry of deep balls that gave him 468 passing yards for the day. Unfortunately for the 49ers, he also completed four passes to the Chiefs, with two being returned for TDs in KC's 31-28 home victory.

"There's no need to sugar-coat it I blew it," Smith said after the game. "It doesn't matter how many yards I throw for if I throw four picks."

The Chiefs built a big 21-3 lead on the strength of their running game and their ballhawking defense. But the 49ers chipped away by getting a safety and a long touchdown strike to Ted Ginn Jr. before halftime.

"We felt like we dominated the first half, but looked up at the scoreboard and only led by nine," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "It was kind of disappointing."

Both defenses controlled the scoreless third quarter until Thomas Jones broke another long run for a touchdown to make it 28-12.

"I think we thought we had the game won after that touchdown," head coach Todd Haley said. "We forgot it takes 60 minutes to win in the NFL."

The capacity crowd at Arrowhead watched in disbelief as the 49ers charged back with two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions with less than 4 minutes to go.

"Too many mistakes that led to big plays," Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. "Too many unnecessary risks."

But the 49ers left just enough time for Matt Cassel and the Chiefs, who wasted no time getting into field goal range when Dwayne Bowe broke free on a 64-yard catch-and-run.

Ryan Succop sealed the win with a 25-yard chip shot field goal. Succop has kicked the game-winning field goal in both Chiefs wins this season.

"It's nice being the hero and not the goat." Succop said. "We kickers have to enjoy it while it lasts."

Sep 26, 2010 - SF at KC
TEAM1ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
San Francisco 49ers (0-3)3901628
Kansas City Chiefs (2-1)71401031
Team Stats Comparison
SFKC
552Total Offense262
92Rushing Yards111
460Passing Yards151
15First Downs9
18Punt Return Yards19
103Kick Return Yards58
673Total Yards339
5Turnovers1
3-103rd Down Converstion4-13
0-04th Down Conversion0-0
2-22-Point Conversion0-0
1-0Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals0-1
10Penalties6-54
24:13Posession Time31:47
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSFKC
6:05(SF) Nedney 51-Yd FG30
4:12(KC) Arenas returned INT 41 Yds (Succop kick)37
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSFKC
6:29(KC) Jones 43 Yd run (Succop kick)314
3:21(KC) Johnson returned INT 79 Yds (Succop kick)321
2:17(SF) Cassel sacked in endzone for safety521
1:51(SF) Ginn 60 Yd pass from Smith (Nedney kick)1221
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSFKC
4:59(KC) Jones 30 Yd run (Succop kick)1228
3:45(SF) Crabtree 30 Yd pass from Smith (2pt good)2028
0:36(SF) Williams 21 Yd pass from Smith (2pt good)2828
0:01(KC) Succop 25 Yd FG2831
San Francisco 49ers Boxscore
PASSINGRATINGC/ATTYDSTD/INTAVG
Smith68.021/464683/410.1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLONG
Gore18864.7017
Smith166.006
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLONG
Zeigler55010.0014
Ginn412030.0160
Crabtree412731.7143
Davis27236.0041
Gore2115.506
Williams12121.0121
Westbrook11313.0013
Morgan15454.0054
DEFENSIVETACKSACKINTPDEFTD
Willis81000
Smith50000
Franklin40000
Goldson41000
Adams20000
Sopoaga31000
Haralson21000
Spencer20000
Jean Francois21000
KICKINGFGM/APCTLONGXPM/APTS
Nedney1/250511/14
PUNTINGPUNTSYDSAVGIN20TB
Lee524048.011
KICK RETURNINGRETYDSAVGLONGTD
Williams11919.0190
Ginn58416.8230
PUNT RETURNINGRETYDSAVGLONGTD
Ginn4184.5100
Kansas City Chiefs Boxscore
PASSINGRATINGC/ATTYDSTD/INTAVG
Cassel85.410/191800/09.4
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLONG
Jones13836.3243
Charles11272.408
Cox111.001
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLONG
Bowe511322.6064
Chambers22814.0017
McCluster23015.0018
Moeaki199.009
DEFENSIVETACKSACKINTPDEFTD
Arenas90101
Berry70110
Hali50000
Belcher30000
Dorsey40000
Daniels20010
Edwards30000
Carr20020
Johnson30111
McGraw20100
Vrabel31000
KICKINGFGM/APCTLONGXPM/APTS
Succop1/1100254/47
PUNTINGPUNTSYDSAVGIN20TB
Colquitt942047.732
KICK RETURNINGRETYDSAVGLONGTD
McCluster12222220
Arenas23618210
PUNT RETURNINGRETYDSAVGLONGTD
Arenas3175.6110
McCluster122.020
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