CANTON, OHIO, AUG. 8 -- John Taylor, a second-year wide receiver battling for a roster spot, returned one punt 64 yards for a touchdown and another 49 yards to set up Joe Cribbs' two-yard score, helping the San Francisco 49ers open the NFL preseason with a 20-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Hall of Fame game.

Attended by 23,826 at Fawcett Stadium, the game followed the enshrinement of Larry Csonka, Len Dawson, Joe Greene, John Henry Johnson, Jim Langer, Don Maynard and Gene Upshaw into the Hall of Fame.

Taylor, a third-round draft choice out of Delaware State in 1986, missed all of last season with a back injury. Early in the second quarter today, he dropped Lewis Colbert's 49-yard punt at the 49ers 10, but quickly recovered and ran it back to the Chiefs 41. On a fourth-and-goal Joe Cribbs went around right end to put San Francisco ahead, 10-0.

Later, Taylor fielded Colbert's punt to the 49ers 36, eluded two would-be tacklers and sprinted down the right sideline making it 20-0 with 1:43 left before halftime.

Slowed by minor injuries, Potomac's Paul Palmer, the Chiefs' first-round draft choice out of Temple, rushed just twice for nine yards. Kansas City 0 0 0 7 7 San Francisco 3 17 0 0 20

First Quarter

SF -- FG Wersching 25, 13:28 Second Quarter

SF -- Cribbs 2 run (Brockhaus kick), 4:59

SF -- FG Brockhaus 42, 11:22

SF -- Taylor 64 punt return (Brockhaus kick), 13:17 Fourth Quarter

KC -- Garron 1 run (Lowery kick), 5:39

A -- 23,826

Chiefs 49ers First downs 15 14 Rushes-yards 27-142 36-90 Passing yards 102 156 Return yards 83 143 Passing 14-24-0 14-28-0 Sacked-yards lost 4-18 3-9 Punts-average 9-38 9-39 Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-yards 7-73 6-73 Time of possession 28:26

RUSHING -- Kansas City: Okoye 8-74, Garron 5-27, Moriarity 4-13, Palmer 2-9, Green 2-8, Blacklege 1-8, J. S

PASSING -- Kansas City: Kenney 5-10-0, 57 yards, Blackledge 9-14-0, 63. San Francisco: Montana 9-14-0, 120,

RECEIVING -- Kansas City: Coffman 3-28, Paige 2-13, Evans 2-11, Moriarity 1-19, Carson 1-18, D. Colbert 1-1