Three quick takeaways from 49ers' 38-27 loss to Chiefs

Three quick takeaways from 49ers' 38-27 loss to Chiefs


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The 49ers don't come to Arrowhead Stadium often. But when they do, it’s generally not a pleasant experience.

That held true Sunday, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered what coach Kyle Shanahan later said is feared to be an ACL injury in a 38-27 loss to the Chiefs. 

The Chiefs put on an offensive display, easily slicing through a beleaguered 49ers defense for touchdowns on all five of their first-half possessions, before the 49ers rallied in the second half. Then Garoppolo had to leave after his leg buckled before he took a big hit from Chiefs defensive back Steve Nelson on the sideline.

In their previous three trips to Kansas City, the 49ers lost by scores of 44-9 (1997), 41-0 (2006) and 31-10 (2010). This time, they lost the game and their QB.

Here are three takeaways from the 49ers’ loss to the Chiefs:

Penalties, missed tackles

The 49ers’ defense was completely overmatched, as Chiefs coach Andy Reid used a variety of formations and shifts to create space for his playmakers to get to work. Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes, making his first home start, continued his hot start.

Kansas City rolled up 295 total yards in the first half, assisted greatly by a San Francisco defense that missed tackle after tackle after tackle. The 49ers’ tackling issues were apparent in the first two games of the season, too.

The 49ers also were called for nine penalties, totaling 106 yards in the first half alone.

Mahomes, who threw 10 touchdown passes without an interception in Kansas City’s first two games, completed 24 of 38 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns and was not intercepted.

Not enough from the offense

The 49ers could have gotten off to a good start after receiving the opening kickoff, but Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray stripped tight end George Kittle after it appeared Jimmy Garoppolo’s pass would pick up an early first down.

Four of the 49ers’ first five drives ended in punts against a Chiefs defense that entered the game ranked last in the NFL.

Despite a couple of dropped passes and some open receivers that Garoppolo missed, he got things turned around statistically to put together a solid performance. Garoppolo completed 20 of 30 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions before leaving with the injury.

Garoppolo threw TD passes to fullback Kyle Juszczyk for 35 yards and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for 11 yards. Garoppolo even completed a shovel pass to Kittle for a two-point conversion, pulling the 49ers within 11 points, 35-24, late in the third quarter.

Undermanned and manhandled

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt did not suit up for Sunday’s game because of a shoulder injury, and Antone Exum started in his place. And in the second quarter, free safety Adrian Colbert left the game with a hip injury. Rookie D.J. Reed replaced him.

The 49ers began the game with Jimmie Ward as the starter at right cornerback in place of Ahkello Witherspoon, who was hobbled with an ankle injury and has been targeted by opposing defenses.

Then, late in the second quarter, starting left cornerback Richard Sherman exited with a calf injury. He required assistance from two staff members to get to the team’s locker room at halftime.

Ward left the game in the third quarter with cramps.

Linebacker Reuben Foster, who returned from a two-game suspension, was the team leader with six tackles and caused a scare when he left the field with an injury early in the fourth quarter. But Foster sat out only one play before re-entering the game.

49ers' Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt listed as day-to-day with injuries

49ers' Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt listed as day-to-day with injuries

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers plan to rest defensive end Dee Ford from practice Wednesday and Thursday to give him a better chance to be available to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt are “day-to-day.” Tartt sustained a toe injury in the 49ers’ 41-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ford did not play any in the second half of that game.

Ford did not play during the preseason due to knee tendinitis and quad irritation. He aggravated his condition on Sunday but felt as if his condition improved on Wednesday.

“For him to have a setback like he did after missing some camp, there’s always some concern but he is day to day,” Shanahan said.

“We’ll play it safe the next two days, which makes me somewhat optimistic for the game.”

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Four other players will not be available Sunday against the Steelers due to injuries: Running back Tevin Coleman (ankle), wide receivers Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot), and offensive tackle Joe Staley.

Defensive back Jimmie Ward will be limited in practice Wednesday as he works back after undergoing surgery two weeks ago to repair a broken finger.

Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars


Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars

The 49ers are “not in” on trade activity involving Jacksonville Jaguars two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

The Jaguars are shopping Ramsey, who requested a trade, NFL Network reported Monday. Ramsey, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a heated sideline confrontation with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell reached out to all 31 other NFL teams to gauge the league-wide interest in acquiring Ramsey in a trade, according to a source.

The 49ers likely are not currently active in discussions to acquire Ramsey due to the level of compensation the Jaguars are seeking, as well as the price it would cost to sign Ramsey to a contract extension. Ramsey is scheduled to make $13.7 million in 2020 on the fifth-year option.

The 49ers are projected to be $27 million under the salary cap for the 2020 season, but the club has potential big-money extensions looming for defensive end DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle that could account for that cap cushion.

The 49ers do not have a second-round draft pick in 2020 after trading that pick in order to acquire Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason.

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The 49ers also appear to have better depth at cornerback than they have experienced in a while. Third-year player Ahkello Witherspoon has gotten off to a good start opposite of veteran Richard Sherman. Both players returned interceptions for touchdowns in the 49ers’ Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Moreover, veteran cornerback Jason Verrett is healthy but has not suited up for the 49ers’ first two games as the club went with backups Emmanuel Moseley and D.J. Reed because of the versatility each offers on special teams.