KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 10:41 p.m. | The Chiefs come out with the victory. The final score was 19 - 16 against the San Francisco 49ers.
KSHB 41 Sports and News reporter McKenzie Nelson gave her take.
Chiefs win their first preseason game. I wasn't expecting anything less— McKenzie Nelson (@McKenzieMNelson) August 15, 2021
10:33 p.m. | With less than two minutes left in the game, quarterback Shane Buechele has scored a touchdown for the Chiefs.
The extra point was missed by Butker, bringing the score to Chiefs 19 and 49ers 16.
10:21 p.m. | The 49ers have scored a touchdown and a field goal, putting them back in the lead.
The score is 49ers 16 and Chiefs 13.
10:11 p.m. | Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has made a 46-yard field goal to bring Kansas City's lead to Chiefs 13 and 49ers 9.
10:03 | After having a rough game in last year's Super Bowl, kicker Tommy Townsend has averaged over 53 yards per punt in Saturday's game.
The impressive punts could indicate that Townsend has bounced back in time for the 2021 season.
10:00 p.m. | Cornerback Dicaprio Bootle comes out with possession after the 49ers fumble the ball to end the third quarter.
The score remains Chiefs 10 and 49ers 9.
9:43 p.m. | Safety Armani Watts has intercepted a pass from the 49ers, bringing the third quarter to a close.
ARMANI WATTS SNAGS THE INTERCEPTION pic.twitter.com/WkmLpXWzKG— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 15, 2021
9:38 p.m. | Cornerback DeAndre Baker is down on the field and trainers are attending to him. It's unclear what he's hurt or if he'll be back in the game.
Last season Baker broke his femur. Training camp this past week was the first time he had practiced since that injury.
9:31 p.m. | Running back Jerick McKinnon, nicknamed Jet, has been making plays on special teams.
He stopped an advance from the 49ers off the punt return.
9:27 p.m. | Linebacker Darius Harris is officially out of the game.
He was previously pulled due to a hand injury.
Also, Shane Buechele is now in as quarterback.
Darius Harris has been downgraded to out. https://t.co/fYdIg8h0qo— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 15, 2021
9:19 p.m. | Chiefs score a 52-yard field goal after nearly turning the ball over on a third down.
That brings the score to Chiefs 10 and 49ers 9.
9:12 p.m. | The third quarter has begun. The Chiefs will start the half at the 15-yard mark.
Patrick Mahomes played four snaps before passing the ball off to Chad Henne. Anthony Gordon is now playing as quarterback.
8:58 p.m. | End of the first half.
The score after the half is Chiefs 7 and 49ers 9.
8:54 p.m. | Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, nicknamed the Butt Kicker, attempted a 62-yard field goal, but it was short.
The score remains Chiefs 7 and 49ers 9.
8:50 p.m. | Chiefs defensive end Tim Ward sacked the 49ers quarterback.
This was the Chiefs third sack of the game.
Tim Ward is credited with the sack! pic.twitter.com/ufV04kRFgj— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 15, 2021
8:49 p.m. | Chiefs linebacker Darrius Harris is "questionable to return" with a hand injury.
LB Darius Harris is questionable to return with a hand injury. pic.twitter.com/dBwLmhwfpP— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 15, 2021
8:45 p.m. | Chiefs DT Chris Jones demonstrated his new yoga skills during the game on Saturday.
Jones showed a "modified version" of the downward dog position, which KSHB 41 Sports anchor Mick Shaffer said was more likely child's pose.
That was Child's Pose, Chris!— Mick Shaffer (@mickshaffer) August 15, 2021
8:41 p.m. | Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson received a flag from the referee for unnecessary roughness after the play.
It resulted in a 15-yard penalty.
8:39 p.m. | The 49ers punted, and Darrius Shepherd was receiving for the Chiefs and gave the Chiefs good field position.
8:24 p.m. | The Chiefs punted, and punter Tommy Townsend impressed with a 66-yard punt that was stopped at the one yard line.
8:21 p.m. | The Chiefs managed to hold the 49ers to just a field goal.
The score now is Chiefs 7 and 49ers 9.
8:15 p.m. | Chiefs linebacker Omari Cobb sacked the 49ers quarterback.
Like the call there by Spagnuolo. Good chance to see how some of the backers blitz skills. Looks like the line all took to the right expecting a double b gap blitz. Allowed Cobb come off the blindside for the easy sack. #Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 15, 2021
8:10 p.m. | End of the first quarter.
The game has been an exciting one so far with a close score and an interception by the 49ers.
Tight end Noah Gray only had three drops in college, but a pass intended for him bounced off his shoulder and was intercepted by the 49ers defense.
The 49ers will have the ball to begin the second quarter.
Score: Chiefs- 7 49ers- 6
Preseason is exactly when you want rookies to make mistakes— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 15, 2021
8:08 p.m. | The 49ers intercepted a pass that bounced off the shoulder of Chiefs tight end Noah Gray.
The 49ers have the ball with 1:20 left in the first quarter.
8:04 p.m. | The 49ers responded quickly with a touchdown of their own by wide receiver Trent Sherfield, but they missed the kick.
The Chiefs remain in the lead with the score of 7-6.
8 p.m. | The Kansas City Chiefs with the first touchdown of the night!
The score is 7-0 with quarterback Chad Henne passing to wide receiver Bryon Pringle for the touchdown, and the extra point was good.
Touchdown, Kansas City. #Chiefs Chad Henne 5-yard pass to Byron Pringle— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 15, 2021
7:54 p.m. | QB1 Patrick Mahomes is done for the night, and quarterback Chad Henne will take over.
The first-string offensive line still remains in the game
#Chiefs Chad Henne in at quarterback. First team O-line remains in however.— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 15, 2021
7:50 p.m. | 49ers now have the ball with Trey Lance as their QB.
Chiefs Chris Jones, DT, sacks Lance in the backfield. 49ers were forced to punt, and it's the Chiefs' ball now with a good field position.
7:46 p.m. | The first play for this Chiefs offense resulted in a first down by running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
#Chiefs First play, first down. 10-yard gain Edwards-Helarie— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 15, 2021
7:42 p.m. | The Chiefs have stopped the 49ers and now have the ball.
The starting offensive line features NFL veterans OT Orlando Brown Jr. and guard Joe Thuney and rookies center Creed Humphrey, OT Lucas Niang and guard Trey Smith.
#Chiefs starting offensive line: Brown, Thuney, Humphrey, Smith, Niang— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 15, 2021
7:35 p.m. | The starting linebackers in this preseason game are veterans Ben Niemann and Anthony Hitchens and second-round 2021 NFL draft pick Nick Bolton out of the University of Missouri.
Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. is currently out with a concussion.
7:30 p.m. | And they're off!
The preseason game has kicked off between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs won the coin toss and chose to defer possession to the second half.
7:15 p.m. | The Chiefs have posted about their group of receivers ahead of their first preseason game of the year against the San Francisco 49ers.
Also featured in the post is coach Katie Sowers, who left the 49ers earlier this year to join the Chiefs.
This group of receivers is elite pic.twitter.com/y6XOPKJqeD— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 15, 2021
Tonight the Chiefs could prove they were worth the move.
7:05 p.m. | According to KSHB 41 Sports anchor Aaron Ladd, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark will not be playing tonight.
Clark was seen warming up earlier today, but he did leave practice early on Thursday due to a hamstring injury.
6:50 p.m. | The Chiefs offensive line has a projected five new starters going into tonight's game.
This comes after the Super Bowl loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 where many pointed out protection issues.
The new starters include Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who is playing a new position at left tackle, guard Joe Thuney, rookie guard Trey Smith, rookie center Creed Humphrey and offensive lineman Lucas Niang.
Head coach Andy Reid said on Thursday at training camp that he plans to start the first quarter with the first-string team, the second quarter with the second-string team, the third quarter with the third-string team and the fourth quarter with the fourth-string team.
This will reveal who the starters might be going into the regular season.
6:30 p.m. | The current injury update from the Kansas City Chiefs going into Saturday's game is:
- Willie Gay Jr., linebacker, concussion
- Alex Okafor, defensive end, hamstring
- Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, offensive lineman, hand
- Taco Charlton, defensive end, leg
- Mike Remmers, offensive lineman, back
- Derrick Nnadi, defensive tackle, hamstring
6:10 p.m. | Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark is warming up on the field at Levi's Stadium before the game.
Clark left training camp practice early on Thursday due to a hamstring strain.
#Chiefs Frank Clark warming up with Rick Burkholder. Left practice early Thursday (hamstring)— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 14, 2021
5 p.m. | Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has arrived at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
KSHB 41 Sports anchor Aaron Ladd will be reporting on the game live from California.
Football will be played here soon pic.twitter.com/bkX1KhC2ou— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) August 14, 2021
ORIGINAL STORY: The two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs open the 2021 preseason at the San Francisco 49ers.
Catch a special hour-long pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. on KSHB 41 followed by kickoff between the Chiefs and Niners in a rematch of Kansas City's stirring Super Bowl LIV victory at 7:30 p.m.
The game will air on KSHB 41, your official Home of the Chiefs, as the quest for a third straight Super Bowl appearance begins.
What to watch for
After an injury-riddled offensive line struggled to protect Patrick Mahomes during a Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chiefs remade the wall of five players up front to keep the franchise safe in 2021.
Veteran NFL reporter Peter King of NBC Sports explains the unprecedented nature of the Chiefs' offseason O-line rebuild in an exclusive interview with KSHB 41 Sports Reporter Aaron Ladd.
Sports Director Mick Shaffer also went one-on-one with left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who is the Chiefs' new starting left tackle after a pre-draft trade in April.