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San Francisco 24, Kansas City 6

8/10/2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dennis Erickson's re-entry into the NFL
was a winning one.

Ken Dorsey threw two touchdown passes and Tim Rattay threw one
as the San Francisco 49ers overcame five fumbles and beat Kansas
City 24-6 Saturday night in their first exhibition game under their
new head coach.

"It won't really feel like my first game back till we play
Chicago (in the regular-season opener) because it's still the
preseason," Erickson said.

Rattay, who started at quarterback while Jeff Garcia rested his
ailing back, was 8-for-9 for 90 yards, including a 39-yard scoring
strike to Brandon Lloyd in the second quarter.

Dorsey, battling Brandon Doman for the third-string quarterback
job, connected with Arnaz Battle on a 15-yard scoring pass that
made it 14-6 in the third.

Following a fumble by Chiefs rookie running back Larry Johnson
on the 29, Dorsey hit a wide-open Jason Isem on a 2-yard TD pass
with 7:46 left in the game. Dorsey was 4-of-7 for 39 yards and the
two TDs.

Erickson succeeded Steve Mariucci this season after going 31-17
in four years at Oregon State. From 1995-98, he was 31-33 as head
coach at Seattle.

"I thought Ken Dorsey did some awfully good things in the
second half," Erickson said. "I thought all three of our
quarterbacks played really well."

Erickson said he would continue to rotate Dorsey and Doman with
the second team.

"I wanted them to have the same opportunity to play with the
same guys. I didn't want to have Ken in there in the fourth quarter
with different guys," he said. "I think this is the fairest way
to do it."

The Chiefs (1-1), who led the NFL last season in scoring, have
not scored a touchdown in two exhibition games. They won 9-0 with
three field goals against Green Bay last Monday in a game that was
stopped in the third quarter because of lightning.

Against the 49ers, they managed only two field goals by Morten
Anderson, from 23 and 26 yards.

"The bottom line is we have to find a way to get it into the
end zone," said quarterback Trent Green, who was 8-of-11 for 80
yards.

"But we haven't done any shifting, we haven't done any moving.
We break the huddle and we line up. People who have followed this
offense the past couple of years know we do a lot of pre-shift
movement, we change the alignment quite a bit to cause confusion in
the defense."

Priest Holmes continued to look healthy after his hip surgery.
The NFL's offensive player of the year last season, Holmes carried
three times for 9 yards.

"I think he's back to 100 percent," coach Dick Vermeil said.

The 49ers had 321 total yards, but also had five fumbles without
losing one.

They lost the ball on their own 2 in the first quarter after
stopping the Chiefs on fourth and goal. Then they fumbled twice on
one play in the third.

Rashaan Salaam took a short pass from Doman but fumbled the ball
into the hands of guard DeMingo Graham, who proceeded a few steps
before coughing up the ball himself. Craig Osika fell on the second
fumble for the 49ers.

Salaam, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Colorado who's trying
to resurrect his career after being out of football last year,
rushed nine times for 27 yards and caught four passes for 34.

"He had that fumble," Erickson said. "But I was proud of the
way he fought back and made some plays."

Jamal Robertson rushed 10 times for 70 yards for the 49ers.

Jason Baker, who's battling Leo Araguz for Kansas City's punting
job, unloaded a 56- and a 57-yarder and averaged more than 52 yards
on his first three kicks.

Jeff Chandler kicked a 27-yard field goal to put the 49ers on
top 17-6 in the fourth quarter, but missed on a 34-yard attempt
earlier. Nate Fiske missed a 40-yard attempt in the final minutes
for the 49ers.

"Their second- and third-(teamers) really performed very
well," Vermeil said. "I was really disappointed in the way our
seconds and thirds performed. Some of those guys looked like they'd
never been on a practice field."