1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2006
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Trent Green was cleared to drive this week, so he joined his Chiefs teammates on the sideline Sunday. Out on the field, Damon Huard was obviously happy to have him riding shotgun.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
It was evident from the outset that the Chiefs worked on being more efficient offensively during the bye week.
Against the 49ers, Larry Johnson rushed for 101 yards and Damon Huard (above) threw for 208. Chiefs coaches also talked about needing to open up the offense after Huard was efficient in his last start in Denver but rarely threw downfield.
The 49ers' 24th-ranked pass defense was beaten and battered again as Huard was consistently able to find open receivers. The big key for the Chiefs was the offensive line. This group has been under the microscope, and even without injured starting left offensive tackle Kyle Turley, it did not give up a sack.
Give offensive coordinator Mike Solari a lot of credit. Kansas City went to more two-tight end sets and used backup tight end Jason Dunn to help in pass protection. That move gave Huard time in the pocket to be comfortable and make some solid throws downfield.
For the 49ers, who have been much more competitive this season, this was a huge setback. They could not get anything going on the ground or through the air.
It was the 19th shutout in Chiefs history. The 49ers had not been shut out since Sept. 26, 2004 in a 34-0 loss at Seattle. The last time before that was 7-0 on Oct. 7, 1977, against Atlanta. ... First-and second-year quarterbacks since 1994 are 2-18 in their first visit to Arrowhead Stadium. ... The paid attendance was 77,609, but there appeared to be an unusually high number of empty seats, attributable at least in part to the NASCAR race going on at Kansas Speedway a few miles away.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.2||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||6:05||Dante' Hall 13 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 73 yds, 6:05
|FG||10:52||Lawrence Tynes 22 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 21 yds, 2:34
|TD||9:44||Larry Johnson 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 62 yds, 4:36
|TD||11:55||Eddie Kennison 34 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 1 plays, 34 yds, :06
|FG||3:13||Lawrence Tynes 49 Yd |
Drive: 6 plays, 20 yds, 3:02
|TD||0:40||Larry Johnson 2 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yds, 3:20
|TD||9:21||Dante' Hall 60 Yd Punt Return (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||0||41|