Kansas ties to Chiefs vs. 49ers game

Rookie Reuben Foster laments the one that got away in his first NFL action

Rookie Reuben Foster laments the one that got away in his first NFL action

49ers 24, CHIEFS 17: Following a fumble by the Chiefs, the 49ers cash in with a touchdown to regain the lead.

Each Chiefs quarterback is supposed to get a quarter of playing time this evening and Mahomes will get his turn in the third quarter.

Well, it was a good start to this rebuilding season for their first-round draft picks, Reuben Foster and Solomon Thomas.

Kansas City's own rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped jumpstart the team's offensive in the second half, leading a short six-play, 36-yard drive ending with a Sam Ficken field goal with 10:30 remaining in the third quarter to put the Chiefs up 10-7. And on Friday night, in the 49ers' exhibition opener, both players showed glimpses of what the club hopes they can deliver in games that matter.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid will start Alex Smith before he gives way to Tyler Bray in the second quarter. The drive consisted of 8 plays and 75 yards. Rookie C.J. Beathard hung tough in the pocket and engineered the fourth-quarter rally.

Beathard played at Iowa from 2013-16, throwing for 5,562 yards and 40 touchdowns.

People say he can't throw it down the field, Hill said last week, "but we see it every day in practice". On the next series, he surrendered an 83-yard touchdown to Chris Conley, although it was nullified by Conley's pass-interference penalty. He made two outstanding throws to Kendrick Bourne on back-to-back passes to pull the 49ers into a 17-17 tie early in the fourth quarter.

Oh, right, it got even worse for a team coming off a 2-14 season: defensive tackle DeForest Buckner left the game on the first drive and was immediately declared out.

Trubisky went 18/25 for 166 yards and a touchdown while Watson completed 15 of his 25 pass attempts for 179 yards.

The 49ers also have a coach with a Kansas connection. "But I think it was good to get out and play against a different team and see what we need to work on".

Following a blocked punt by Chiefs linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, Mahomes connected with Kemp on a 1-yard touchdown pass making it 17-9.

Former Iowa tight end George Kittle has also played well in camp but is expected to miss Friday's game with a hamstring injury.

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