Kaepernick throws TD pass in 49ers' 41-6 win over Chargers
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks to throw a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in San Diego.
San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon, below, lunges into the endzone past San Diego Chargers defensive back Sean Cattouse, above for a touchdown.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton, right, makes his way past San Diego Chargers defensive back Marcus Cromartie, left, on his way to scoring a touchdown.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass in the first half against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL preseason football game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Colin Kaepernick looks ready for his first full season as a starter.
Mike McCoy's San Diego Chargers look as if they could use a few more weeks of training camp.
Kaepernick threw a touchdown pass to cap his only drive, and the San Francisco 49ers roughed up the Chargers 41-6 in the preseason finale for both teams Thursday night.
faked an inside handoff and then threw a short sidearm pass to Quinton
Patton, who deked rookie free agent Marcus Cromartie and completed the
43-yard scoring play.
"I like being on the field," said Kaepernick, who made 10 starts as a rookie last year, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Kaepernick completed 3 of 4 passes for 64 yards for a rating of 156.2, which is nearly perfect. He didn't have any carries.
"I had an incomplete pass, so you don't want that," he said. "The offensive line did a great job."
Coach Jim Harbaugh started the first-team offense of the 49ers (3-1), while McCoy sat his first-team defense.
"It was good execution there," Harbaugh said.
The Chargers (1-3) had a bad night.
quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sacked four times in the first half
and third-stringer Brad Sorensen threw two interceptions in the second
San Francisco linebacker Cam Johnson sacked Whitehurst twice
and blocked a punt by Mike Scifres and recovered it in the end zone for
a touchdown late in the third quarter.
"Everything seemed to be happening the right way," Johnson said.
the blocked punt, "I went after the ball and got a hand on it. I was
looking around for it. I saw it rolling around in the end zone and
jumped on it. I had no idea where it rolled."
"I don't think
there were a whole lot of positives," McCoy said. "This is a tough way
to finish, to be honest with you. It is a bad taste. You never feel good
after a loss, regardless of what kind of game it is. We didn't play
very well today. We made way too many mistakes; offense, defense,
special teams. We have to learn and move on.
The defending NFC champion 49ers open at home against Green Bay a week from Sunday.
The Chargers, who've missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, open at home against Houston a week from Monday.
wide receiver Robert Meachem, who has a guaranteed $5 million salary,
had four catches before sustaining a concussion. He's been a forgotten
man since dropping a potential touchdown pass in a 7-6 loss at Cleveland
Niners free agent pickup Lavelle Hawkins had a spectacular 45-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter.
short pass from B.J. Daniels bounced off Hawkins' hands and into the
air, but the receiver grabbed it before being hit by rookie safety
Jahleel Addae. Addae didn't wrap up, and Hawkins swept to the left and
finished the scoring run for a 34-6 lead.
"He stayed with it and
had the awareness enough to catch it and make a play and make a couple
guys miss and score a touchdown," Daniels said.
"When I took the
first hit I was bounced back," Hawkins said. "I don't know what I was
thinking after that. I was just running, man."
With Harbaugh playing his starters, the mismatch paid off as the 49ers moved 77 yards in seven plays for the score.
McCoy, selected as the backup last weekend after he restructured his
contract, replaced Kaepernick and played into the third quarter. McCoy
also threw a touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to Anthony Dixon in the second
McCoy completed 8 of 15 passes for 56 yards.
Daniels also threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chuck Jacobs. Daniels had a 36-yard run on that drive.
was 9 of 12 for 86 yards, with one interception. Max Starks, who
apparently has lost the competition for the starting job at left tackle
to King Dunlap, was repeatedly beaten and gave up three sacks. The other
sack was allowed by right tackle Mike Harris, who played left tackle
last year as a rookie.
Starks, who won two Super Bowl rings with
Pittsburgh, said, "It was probably one of my worst games in my entire
career." Starks won two Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh. "Anytime
there's a guy I'm actually touching, I take responsibility for that."
Brad Sorensen, San Diego's rookie third-string QB, was intercepted twice.
San Diego's Nick Novak kicked field goals of 41 and 48.
rookie linebacker Manti Te'o was back in his walking boot as he watched
the game from the sideline in a sweatsuit. Te'o sprained his right foot
in the exhibition opener against Seattle on Aug. 8. Te'o said being
back in the boot was a precaution. He was out of the boot Tuesday,
although he hasn't been cleared to practice.
hobbled off the field after having the punt blocked, but said he was OK.
... McCoy said there's clarity as to who will start at left tackle, but
he wants to speak with his staff before making a final commitment. ...
Harbaugh says Seneca Wallace, at the bottom of the depth chart at
quarterback, has left the team. Wallace didn't travel to San Diego.