Amid drama, 49ers beat Chiefs, 22-17


This week brought out some of the worst parts I’ve seen from the franchise and fan base. Gone are the times of honest discourse regarding the team. Now fans lash out at media members for doing simply their job; stating an opinion. Folks, you don’t have to agree with them, let alone listen. It seems that if you criticize any aspect of the organization, you’re instantly labeled a bandwagon fan, or not a true member of the Faithful. The worst vitriol seems to be reserved for fellow members of the fan base, which alone is troubling.

On top of that were week long rumors that Jim Harbaugh has lost the locker room and this will be his last season in San Francisco. When reports come from the likes of Ian Rappaport, Adam Schefter and Jay Glazer, I pay attention. However, I find it interesting that most of these stories appear to come out on Sunday’s, usually hours before kickoff.

Despite the background noise, the San Francisco 49ers topped the Kansas City Chiefs 22-17. Phil Dawson racked up five field goals on the day, and Frank Gore pulled in his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance, going for 107 yards on 18 carries.

In the most intriguing storyline of the day, Alex Smith returned to San Francisco to face the team that drafted him number 1 overall and the man who took his job. Colin Kapernick and Smith were both just alright, with Kaepernick gaining a slight edge in the stat category. Alex was 17/31 for 175 yards, with 2 TDs and a pick, while his counterpart was 14/26 for 201 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Lloyd turned in a nice performance at wideout, securing 3 catches for 76 yards including this highlight reel grab.

The win brought the Niners back over .500 with the St. Louis Rams looming next Monday night. With Denver following this matchup, the 49ers can’t afford to overlook an injury depleted Rams squad.

Stay with 49ers360.com all week as we prepare you for the Monday Night matchup

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