All of the controversy swirling around the 49ers regarding head coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to affect San Francisco as they struggled at the start of the game. Kansas City capitalized by scoring on their first drive, but was limited to just one field goal for the rest of the half. The 49ers capitalized as quarterback Colin Kaepernick hit Stevie Johnson in the end zone at the end of the half to take the lead.
Biggest Play: On a 4th-and-inches near San Francisco's 40-yard line, the Chiefs were lined up to go for it, hoping to extend their 10-6 lead. However, a false start penalty pushed them back and forced them to punt. As a result, the 49ers were able to drive the down field and score again before halftime.
Biggest Surprise: The Chiefs have been able to move the ball against that vaunted San Francisco defense at will - though they've stumbled due to some penalties and sloppy play - which they've used to take the halftime lead. Multiple receivers are open on seemingly every play, and the offensive line has been able to open up big holes for the running back combination of Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis - Kansas City just has to start taking advantage of it.
Kansas City Key Player: In Alex Smith's first start against his former team, it was clear he wanted to come out and make a statement. He was his usual efficient self, completing 12 of his 19 passes for 117 yards and 1 TD.
San Francisco Key Player: Colin Kaepernick struggled with his accuracy early in the game, but he seems to have found his rhythm and is making explosive plays. He finished 8-14 for 122 yards passing and 1 TD in the first half, and chipped in 14 rushing yards.
Who Has The Edge? In close games like this, the home team usually has the advantage, and this game is no different. The 49ers have more talent and started to get some momentum going before halftime that should carry over and help them pull this one out.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed