The San Francisco 49ers scored their first touchdown and won their first game of the 2014 preseason.
We learned a lot of valuable information from the victory, especially on the first-team units, who saw their most action of the preseason to date.
Here’s a look at instant postgame analysis following San Francisco’s 21-7 win.
Kaepernick Can Take a Hit
The first big hit came when Kaepernick scrambled on a third-and-12 play and lost control of the ball. San Francisco's signal-caller was hit and high and low by three San Diego defenders. The 49ers recovered the ball. Kaepernick later fumbled on the second series when Chargers defensive lineman Kwame Geathers broke through San Francisco’s offensive line and delivered a jarring hit on the 49ers quarterback.
The turnover, however, didn’t cause any damage. San Francisco’s defense responded with a fourth-and-one stop on its own 5-yard line.
Kaepernick saw the field for four drives. He was hit four times. The offense picked up two first downs, 14 total yards on its first 12 plays. However, Kaepernick led the offense on a scoring drive on the fourth possession.
He went on to complete five consecutive throws to start the drive, but had two passes deflected at the line of scrimmage, including a third-down pass from San Diego’s 22-yard line. As a result,
It was San Francisco’s first scoring drive since the team’s opening drive against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 of the preseason.
Kaepernick’s day was finished afterwards. He completed 6-of-12 pass attempts for 59 yards against the Chargers. Kaepernick fumbled once, was sacked once and posted a 64.2 quarterback rating.
Defensive Starters Produce Goal-line Stand
Wilhoite rallied to the football and made the stop just short of the first-down marker at San Francisco’s own 5-yard line. The turnover on downs got the ball right back to Kaepernick and the 49ers offense.
Third WR Watch
Patton and Johnson saw extensive work in the second quarter, both caught passes from backup quarterback
What did Patton do after the play?
He got up and stretched both arms wide as he walked towards the end zone. It was a little bit of a Rod Tidwell-type of moment, for those of you who’ve watched Jerry Maguire.
Veteran Starters Make Preseason Debuts
Snyder moved to left guard for
He demonstrated an excellent cut-block on a blitzing linebacker, allowing Gabbert to rifle a 17-yard pass to tight end
James carried the ball, caught it out of the backfield and looked solid as a blocker against San Diego.
McDonald finished off the final first-half drive with a 6-yard touchdown catch from Gabbert. It was McDonald’s first touchdown in any game of his 49ers career.
The second-year tight end caught a team-high three passes for 29 yards in the first half.
Gabbert completed 5-of-7 pass attempts on the drive for 58 yards on the 49ers first scoring drive of the 2014 preseason.
Gabbert posted a 137.0 quarterback rating in the first half. The 49ers totaled 10 first downs and 154 total yards in the second quarter alone.
Ward Records Interception
First-round draft pick
Ward's top play of the day was a third-quarter interception on Chargers quarterback Brad Sorensen. Ward dove forward to catch a tipped ball. It was very similar to his first training camp interception on Kaepernick.
Ward nearly scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. A quarterback hit by rookie linebacker
Jim Harbaugh's challenge was denied, leaving him 0-for-2 in the game.