The Chiefs are seeking to register their first 3-0 start since 2003
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-0)
VS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-2)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
NEW ARROWHEAD - KANSAS CITY, MO
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The Chiefs are seeking to register their first 3-0 start since 2003 when they host San Francisco at the New Arrowhead on Sunday (9/26). Kansas City is coming off a 16-14 victory at Cleveland (9/19). Dating back to the 2009 regular season finale, the Chiefs have now won three straight under Head Coach Todd Haley. The Chiefs have outscored their opponents by an 81-to-52 margin over that three-game winning streak, good for an average score of 27.0 to 17.3.
The Chiefs are one of eight 2-0 teams and one of just three 2-0 squads that have rebounded from an 0-2 start in 2009, joining Miami and Tampa Bay as the only other teams to accomplish that feat.
San Francisco is coming off a last-second 25-22 loss on Monday Night Football vs. New Orleans (9/20). The 49ers are making their first appearance in Kansas City since suffering a 41-0 loss at Arrowhead (10/1/06). San Francisco hasnít won in KC since í82, the 49ers longest active road victory drought against any club they have defeated at least once on the road. San Francisco has yet to win a road contest against the Ravens, Texans or Jaguars.
Offensively, KC ranks fi fth in the NFL, averaging 137.5 rushing ypg and is 10th in the league with a 4.2 yards-per-carry average. Meanwhile, the Chiefs defense is tied for ninth in the league, permitting 91.5 rushing ypg. The Chiefs are tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing just 14.0 ppg. KC is one of just six clubs that have allowed 14 points or less in both of their games in 2010, joining Miami, Minnesota, the N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay as the only other clubs to accomplish that feat. Kansas City has permitted seven second-half points in 2010 and is one of four clubs that hasnít allowed a score in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs have allowed opponents to convert just 28.6% (8 of 28) of their third down opportunities, a figure that is tied for sixth in the NFL.
The Chiefs have produced four return TDs during Kansas Cityís three-game victory string under Haley, including a 33-yard INT return by CB Brandon Flowers at Cleveland (9/19). KC is the only NFL team that owns a return TD in both of its games in 2010. The Chiefs lead the NFL in opponent kickoff return average (11.7) and are second in punt return average (18.4). Only Miami (5) has been penalized fewer times than Kansas City (7).
The Chiefs have a bye week next Sunday (10/3) before resuming their schedule with road contests at Indianapolis (10/10) and at Houston (10/17). San Francisco travels to Atlanta next Sunday (10/3).
Kansas City has faced San Francisco just 10 times in regular season play, with the 49ers holding a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series. The home team has won the last six contests in this series. Kansas City holds a 3-2 advantage over San Francisco at home and has claimed victories in the last three outings between these two squads at Arrowhead, including a 41-0 shutout victory in San Franciscoís most recent trip to Kansas City (10/1/06).
Before Kansas Cityís 41-0 win in 2006, the 49ers took back-to-back victories over the Chiefs, both of which came at 3Com Park. KCís only regular season win at SF came by a 26-17 score (12/6/71) at Candlestick Park.
San Franciscoís last three visits to Kansas City have resulted in memorable victories for the Chiefs. In a much-ballyhooed í94 match-up between Hall of Fame QBs Joe Montana and Steve Young, Kansas Cityís defense stole the show before 79,907 fans, the second-largest in-stadium crowd in Arrowhead history. The 49ers held a 14-7 lead in the second quarter before a LB Derrick Thomas sack of Young for a safety swung the gameís momentum. Thomas would record 3.0 of Kansas Cityís 4.0 sacks on the day, Montana would throw two TDs, while 2003 Hall of Fame enshrinee RB Marcus Allen rushed for 114 yards as KC outscored SF 15-3 in the second half to record a 24-17 win (9/11/94).
The Chiefs also claimed a 44-9 win at Arrowhead (11/30/97), snapping an 11-game 49ers winning streak. QB Rich Gannon threw three TDs, KCís defense registered 5.0 sacks and TE Tony Gonzalez blocked a punt in a game that featured a pair of squads that would finish the season with identical 13-3 records.
In the last meeting between the two clubís at Arrowhead, the Kansas City defense recorded a shutout as the Chiefs forced four turnovers and recorded 4.0 sacks. QB Damon Huard completed 18 of 23 passes for 208 yards with two TDs in his initial start at Arrowhead, stepping in for an injured QB Trent Green. WR Dante Hall recorded a 60-yard punt return for a TD, his 11th career return score, to go along with a 13-yard TD reception.
San Franciscoís most recent victory was a 26-13 decision at Arrowhead (12/26/82). The 49ers also claimed a 20-3 win in Kansas City (10/5/75).