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Chiefs vs. 49ers: By the Numbers

Let’s take a closer look at the Chiefs offense on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers

The result wasn't what the Chiefs were looking for, but Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers showed that this team is close to where they want to be.

The Chiefs offense went up against one of the most physical front sevens in the entire NFL and matched their physicality.

Led by their offensive line, the Chiefs averaged 4.7 yards per rush against a team that was only giving up 3.5 through their first four games. The Chiefs offensive line had surrendered 13 sacks before Sunday's game, but on Sunday, they didn't allow a single sack.

The result was still a loss and that's what really matters, but let's take a look at some of the numbers from the Chiefs offense anyways.


Quarterback Alex Smith finished the game 17 of 31 for 175 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but this game was a tale of two halves.

In the first half, the Chiefs offense was rolling and that shouldn't be forgotten. Smith was 12 of 19 for 117 yards and one touchdown. Jamaal Charles ran the ball 11 times for 49 yards.

But it was a combination of several factors as to why the Chiefs offense wasn't able to duplicate the first half production in the final two quarters.

It was largely due to the fact that the Chiefs offense only ran 15 plays in the second half. But the biggest factor was a couple of special teams mistakes that allowed the 49ers to have the ball for more than 22 minutes in the second half compared to just more than seven minutes for the Chiefs.

It was a successful fake punt by the 49ers deep in their own territory and then a penalty for 12 men on the field by the Chiefs on a field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter that helped control the clock.

The Chiefs offense went 6 of 8 on third down in the first half, but then 0 for 3 in the second half. The second-half third downs were for five, four and one yards, respectively.

The first wasn't successful on a pass to Jamaal Charles where he was tackled a yard shy of the first down and the next was a pass that fell incomplete to Demetrius Harris, a play that many times he and Alex Smith would connect on. The final third down was a batted down pass to Dwayne Bowe on third-and-1.

Photos form the Chiefs week five match up against the 49ers.

The Chiefs offense ran 11 plays in the game that went for at least 10 yards, and they came in five different personnel groups.

The Chiefs ran 12 personnel the most in this game, which means two tight ends on the field together. Those two tight ends were always Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.

The third tight end, Demetrius Harris, saw action on seven plays with all three tight ends on the field together.

The Chiefs ran 17 of their 50 plays in 12 personnel, ran it six times for 34 yards and went 4 of 11 for 49 yards through the air.

Junior Hemingway led the Chiefs at receiver, catching all four of his targets for 50 yards, which is a career high for him. Travis Kelce caught just two passes for 15 yards, but was able to find the end zone for the third consecutive week.

On first down, the Chiefs averaged 4.9 yards per play against the 49ers. They ran it 11 times on first down and averaged 5.8 yards per rush. Smith completed 5 of 10 passes for 39 yards through the air on first down.

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