The team that led the NFL in scoring last year is struggling to find the end zone so far this preseason.
The Kansas City Chiefs ran its streak of consecutive quarters without a touchdown to seven Saturday night and displayed no punch in the second half in falling to the San Francisco 49ers 24-6 at Arrowhead Stadium.
"We're disappointed we didn't score (a touchdown)," Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil said. "We supposed to be the leading scoring team and right now, we are not. I've said all along when you are No. 1 last year, it's harder to be No. 1 the next year. There's no panic, but there's a lot of things we need to do better."
The 49ers simply pulled away after leading 7-6 at halftime, getting a 15-yard scoring pass from Ken Dorsey to Arnaz Battle in the third quarter and a 3-yard touchdown from Dorsey to Jasen Isom in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Kansas City and its third string quarterback Jonathan Quinn struggled to find a rhythm. The Chiefs had only two first downs in the second half, both coming on the final drive.
"I was disappointed with the execution of the young kids when they were in there," Vermeil said. "It looked like some of them hadn't had any practice time. It was a little bit shaky, to say the least."
Despite dominating time of possession by over seven minutes and out-gaining the 49ers 189-117, the Chiefs trailed at halftime.
On their first drive, the Chiefs were stopped one yard short of a touchdown.
A 30-yard sideline pass from Trent Green to a diving Johnnie Morton put Kansas City in prime position at the San Francisco 9, but Jarmar Julien, battling for a backup running back spot, was stood up and fumbled just before reaching the goal line on fourth down.
"Obviously, we want to get points once we get inside the 5-yard line," quarterback Trent Green said. "We had the same situation last week where we got in the Red Zone and had to kick the field goal. I think everyone knows we're not showing everything in our offense in the preseason, but we'd still like to go away with seven points, especially after the great play Johnnie made along the sideline."
Vermeil said the Chiefs would have gone for three points if it had been a regular season game.
"We had a chance to score down there on fourth down and in normal game situations, I probably would have kicked the field goal," Vermeil said. "We don't get to scrimmage our goal line against ourselves, so that was an opportunity and we failed."
Priest Holmes, working his way back from hip surgery, saw limited action, getting three carries for nine yards. He showed good burst and cutback ability on his second carry, an 8-yard gain.
On the next possession, Morten Andersen put Kansas City on top 3-0 with a 22-yard field goal with 12:58 left in the second quarter.
The Chiefs went 76 yards on 15 plays with Green completing 4-of-6 passes for 40 yards on the drive. He finished his night going 8-of-11 passing for 80 yards.
San Francisco immediately answered, putting Kansas City behind for the first time in preseason. Tim Rattay, starting for an injured Jeff Garcia, hit wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, a former standout at local Blue Springs High School, for a 39-yard touchdown and a 7-3 49ers lead with 10:55 left before halftime.
"I'm blessed to have my first NFL touchdown at home," Lloyd said. "It's big just to have my whole family here and to have my first catch. I'm really happy to be in this situation."
Behind backup quarterback Todd Collins, the Chiefs went 73 yards on 11 plays and scored on an Andersen 25-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the quarter.
Collins hit Curtis Jackson with a 21-yard pass and Dante Hall with a 23-yard strike to put Andersen in position.