49ers' Top Draft Picks Show Promise in Preseason Opener Win

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

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You'll be able to watch 49ers vs Chiefs online with Chromecast, Apple TV, mobile devices, and more. He also was in coverage on an 83-yard touchdown on Kansas City's next possession that was nullified by an offensive pass-interference penalty.

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

In his National Football League head-coaching debut, Kyle Shanahan watched as Alex Smith and the Chiefs marched 75 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive, largely at the expense of Rashard Robinson, whom the 49ers are counting on to be their top cornerback this season.

The Kyle Shanahan era had an unofficial beginning on Friday night, as the 49ers opened the exhibition season with a 27-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. He was taken to the ground by a cut block from running back Charcandrick West, enabling Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to roll to his right, unpressured, and find receiver Marcus Kemp for a 1-yard touchdown pass. The drive consisted of 8 plays and 75 yards.

"We've got to clean up the penalties", Shanahan said at halftime. "... We've got to clean that stuff up". Barkley finished 10-of-17 for 168 yards.

Our models project Mahomes for 343 passing yards, 2.07 touchdowns, and 1.46 interceptions on 49 attempts in the 2017 season. Beathard, a third-round pick, hung tough in the pocket and led a fourth-quarter comeback.

-Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner started but was removed from the game early due to a bothersome ankle.

Even the special teams stumbled by giving up a blocked field-goal try and a blocked punt. The 49ers settled for a field goal and led at halftime 9-7. The 49ers' team captains are linebacker NaVorro Bowman, tackle Joe Staley, and wide receiver Aaron Burbridge.

- Defensive lineman Ronald Blair sustained a fourth-quarter groin injury. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Brock Coyle (rib) and tight end George Kittle (hamstring) did not play, and safety Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is on the physically unable to perform list. Running back Spencer Ware finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

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