Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

49ers start poorly in sloppy preseason win over Chiefs

49ers start poorly in sloppy preseason win over Chiefs

The Chiefs haven't taken a quarterback in the first round since Todd Blackledge back in 1983.

So even though Bray and Mahomes also threw deep on their first passes, each caught but negated by penalties, there was a statement in Smith feathering a pass down the right sideline to Hill on the first play.

The Kansas City Chiefs were far from ideal in their preseason opener, but they still had much to like despite losing 27-17 to the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday night.

When John Lynch stacked his first draft board as 49ers general manager, he listed Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster behind only Myles Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns.

Patrick Mahomes impressed in his first game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night. Throw in several years of pitiful quarterback play from the likes of Tyler Thigpen, Brady Quinn, Tyler Palko, Matt Cassel and more (along with the current arm limitations of Alex Smith) and it makes everyone hungry to see what a top young gunslinger can do.

"I think having played in a pro style system helps more than anything by being under center and running the same type of schemes,", said Beathard "Obviously the terminology is complete different than what I ran at Iowa but playing in a pro system helps". Two plays later, he was in coverage again on a 29-yard pass to Conely. Mahomes finished 7-of-9 with 49 yards a touchdown.

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Rookie C.J. Beathard started the third quarter.

The 49ers kicked off the Kyle Shanahan era by initially getting kicked in the teeth Friday night in a 27-17 win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Hoyer did thread a third-and-long pass to Jeremy Kerley, only to have it nullified by one of the 49ers' 17 penalties.

The NFL's clear bag policy is in place for all Chiefs game.

The defense immediately caved, the offense backfired and the opponent looked superior from the outset.

CHIEFS 17, 49ers 9 - After a blocked punt by the Chiefs' special teams unit, Mahomes delivers his first touchdown pass as a Kansas City Chief.

Mahomes is going to be compared to these three guys for his entire career, which is why the "stat watching" is already becoming a thing in Kansas City. Yet with some injuries, namely to players like safety Jimmie Ward and tight end George Kittle, others may be able to take advantage of the extra reps.

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