(Sunday, September 26th)
Final Score: Kansas City 31, San Francisco 10
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Cassel threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, as the Kansas City Chiefs continued their promising start to the season with a 31-10 rout of the San Francisco 49ers.
Thomas Jones ran for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs (3-0), who have won their first three games for the first time since 2003, when Kansas City started 9-0. Jamaal Charles added 97 rushing yards, while Dexter McCluster finished with three catches for 69 yards and a score. Cassel completed 16- of-27 passes and was intercepted once.
Alex Smith passed for 232 yards with an interception and one touchdown, which came on the last play as the 49ers (0-3) remained without a win. San Francisco had not started a season with three straight losses since 2004, when it opened that year at 0-4.
Frank Gore was held to 43 yards on 15 carries, but caught nine passes for 102 yards in the loss.
"It was a day of ineffectiveness all the way around on offense. We couldn't get much done. We couldn't get in rhythm. We couldn't do anything," a dejected Hill said. "I see a lot of room for improvement."
On the first play of the second quarter, the Chiefs were faced with a 4th- and-1 at midfield, and converted it thanks to a four-yard gain on a direct snap to McCluster.
Kansas City advanced to the San Francisco 34 before Cassel was intercepted by Shawntae Spencer. But on the third play of the ensuing drive, Brandon Flowers intercepted Smith to put the Chiefs essentially in the same situation, at the San Francisco 31.
Kansas City quickly took advantage. On the first play of the possession, Cassel found McCluster open on the left side, and the rookie receiver escaped an arm-tackle by a lunging Travis LaBoy before speeding into the end zone.
The 49ers got a 51-yard field goal from Joe Nedney on the ensuing drive, and Ryan Succop missed a 38-yarder just after the two-minute warning. But Succop converted a 32-yard try on the last play of the half to give the Chiefs a 10-3 lead.
Kansas City continued to pull away in the third quarter. The Chiefs took over at the San Francisco 45 with 9:37 left, and on the second play of the possession found the end zone. Jones took the direct snap and ran to his left before flipping the ball to Cassel, who passed to an open Dwayne Bowe in the end zone for a 17-3 advantage.
After a 49ers punt, Kansas City went 61 yards in eight plays for another touchdown. Cassel's 18-yard pass to Tony Moeaki capped the drive with 1:35 left.
Jones' three-yard run with 3:27 left in the game put the Chiefs ahead 31-3, and the 49ers got their only touchdown when Smith found Josh Morgan for a 12- yard score.
"We're playing well right now. Our balanced attack keeps defenses honest," Cassel said. "Our offensive line is doing a great job. We're mixing and matching with running the ball and play-action passing and it really helps us."
Smith completed 23-of-42 passes...Charles added three catches for 57 yards for the Chiefs...McCluster recorded his first career TD reception. He had already scored on a punt return...Of San Francisco's 12 possessions, eight ended in a punt.
09/26 19:49:39 ET
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