Scout.com Chiefs Report

Herm Edwards spent time in the days leading up to last week's Chiefs-49ers game talking about how one quality win can help turn around a winless team like his 0-2 Kansas City squad.

The Chiefs responded with one of their best all-around efforts in recent years, a 41-0 post-bye rout of San Francisco at Arrowhead. Now they go to Arizona to see if they truly generated any momentum leading into a killer stretch that includes games with the Steelers, Chargers and Seahawks.

"We put one together, a complete game," Edwards said of an offense that ran up 333 yards and four touchdowns, a defense that pitched a shutout and special teams that generated a 60-yard Dante Hall punt return.

In running their streak of holding opponents without a touchdown to 10 straight quarters, Kansas City's resurgent defense limited the 49ers to 165 total yards, and three of 13 conversions on third downs. The Chiefs also forced turnovers that set up drives that started at the San Francisco 25, 34 and midfield.

"I told you when I took this job that we were going to learn to play defense," Edwards said. "Now, we've got to play even better.

"The thing I like about them right now is that they're tackling, they're hitting people, and when you hit people and play physical football, you've got a chance to win in this league."

Offensively, the Chiefs were 180 degrees removed from the team that struggled to get only two field goals in their 9-6 overtime loss in Denver before the bye.

Damon Huard, making just his second start as the replacement for the injured Trent Green, took advantage of the time he had to throw in hitting 16 of his first 19 passes for 187 yards of his eventual 208 yards with two touchdowns.

The Chiefs came in hoping to rediscover the downfield passing game that had eluded them in losses to Cincinnati and Denver. They found it when Huard hit Dante Hall for a 13-yard first-possession touchdown pass and Eddie Kennison for a 34-yard bomb that hiked the first half lead to 24-0.

"They probably felt that Damon Huard couldn't beat them throwing the ball, but he did," Edwards said. "They dared us to pass, so we did and hit some big plays."

That Huard had time to throw was somewhat surprising, considering the concerns Kansas City had about its offensive line entering the game.

With left tackle Kyle Turley down with a back injury -- the condition that kept him out of football the previous two years -- the Chiefs started Jordan Black at left tackle and prayed for the best. They got it when Huard escaped without a sack.

"The protection was awesome," said Huard, who ran his record as a little-used starter to 6-2. "I only got hit a couple of times, and most of that came when I was running around on my own."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Larry Johnson was held to 24 rushing yards on 12 first-half carries before erupting in the second half against San Francisco. Johnson finished with 101 yards on 30 carries for his 11th 100-yard game in 12 starts since taking over from the injured Priest Holmes at the midpoint of the 2005 season.

--WR/KR Dante Hall had touchdowns as both a receiver and punt returner against San Francisco. He also drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to set up another touchdown. His first kick return touchdown since Oct. 2, 2005 was the 11th kick return touchdown of his career, placing him third behind only Brian Mitchell (13) and Eric Metcalf (12) on the NFL kick return touchdown chart.

--TE Tony Gonzalez, who had five catches for 59 yards against the 49ers, moved past Ozzie Newsome into second place on the NFL career list of career receptions by tight ends. Gonzalez now has 665 receptions. Hall of Famer Newsome ended his career with 662.

--QB Damon Huard registered a career-best 133.3 passer rating after completing 18 of 23 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco. He won for the first time as a starter since Nov. 26, 2000 with Miami.

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