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SANTA CLARA – Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the 49ers’ three victories have been preceded by reports of dysfunction and chaos engulfing the locker room.
And that leads off the three takeaways from the 49ers’ 22-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
1) Dealing with drama: There is little doubt coach Jim Harbaugh faces an uncertain future after the season.
But that’s to be addressed at a later date, because the 49ers continue to play hard and focus on this season.
According to the national TV reports that are saved for their pregame programming on game days, the 49ers locker room has turned against their head coach and apparently is on the verge of a revolt.
That was the report before Weeks 1, 4 and 5. And that just happens to be the weeks the 49ers have won games.
“Whether you’re praised or getting criticized or whether it’s silence, all three have their obstacles,” Harbaugh said. “All three have things that have to be addressed.
But they also all three – any of the three—can add to the competitiveness and determination and our football team is very determined and very competitive.”
2) Game management: The 49ers had just 10 yards in penalties.
There were no frantic moments on offense with the game clock, and no ill-advised timeouts.
In short, it was the 49ers’ cleanest game in a long time.
3) Dawson’s streak: After an ominous opening at Levi’s Stadium, Dawson has settled in nicely during the regular season, making each of his 11 field-goal attempts.
He was true from 55 and 52 yards on Sunday, among his perfect 5-for-5 day.
At 39, Dawson still has it.
”(There’s) no expiration date on Phil Dawson,” Harbaugh said. “Let’s put that down. There is no expiration date on Mr. Phil Dawson.
"(We) put him in some real tough situations, kicking the 50-yard-plussers. And he just stepped up and knocked them down.”