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Morning Tailgate: Waking up After A Win

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Following the 49ers' second preseason win, a 34-14 victory over the Vikings on Sunday, things were starting to come into focus in San Francisco.

When a game is decided by 20 points, things can be lost in the shuffle.

Many things were at least hiding in the wake of the 49ers 34-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night at Candlestick Park.

Did you notice, for example, that the team's newest member, wideout Jon Baldwin, caught his first two passes as a 49ers player?

Or that the team's newest-to-football player, defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye, Tweeted about recording his first albeit unofficial tackle ever?

Let's not forget Lavelle Hawkins' 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, or linebacker Ahmad Brooks causing a fumble on the Vikings' third play from scrimmage.

There was also rookie Quinton Patton catching his first touchdown in his NFL debut, and the naming of the 49ers No. 2 quarterback, Colt McCoy.

Yes, a lot happened in San Francisco's second exhibition win. Because the team must trim its roster to 75 players on Tuesday and 53 players by the end of the week, these highlights should come into play when decisions are made around headquarters in Santa Clara.

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com recapped the first- and second-team offenses’ success.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee highlighted the high-and-low night of Hawkins.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News provided a look at the team’s quarterback race.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle focused on the receivers, including Patton.

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com featured Okoye and his new NFL experiences.

49ers.com reviewed another bang-up job by the team’s first unit on the defensive side of the ball.






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