49ers beat Chargers 21-7

The San Francisco 49ers finally showed up to play this preseason, defeating the San Diego Chargers 21-7 for their first win at Levi’s Stadium.

Colin Kaepernick and the 49er offense was absolutely atrocious in the first quarter with the right side of the line constantly being beaten to the line of the scrimmage. The result was that the first 12 plays run by San Francisco, resulted in a grand total of just 14 yards.

Kaepernick was roughed up in the pocket and lost a fumble one series after refs overruled what should have been fumble on a Kaepernick scramble.

In the second quarter, the 49er offense finally clicked marching downfield before Phil Dawson hit his first field goal in Levi’s, where he had missed his previous two attempts.

Blaine Gabbert entered midway through the second quarter and led the 49ers on a touchdown scoring drive, the final play a 6-yard pass to tight end Vance McDonald.

It was Gabbert’s best performance this preseason as he finished with a QB rating of 110.4, his QB rating through two games had been 17.1.

Josh Johnson was once again consistent, completing 5 of 8 passes for 52 yards and successfully converting a 2-point conversion with a pass to receiver Lance Lewis.

Running back Glenn Winston made the biggest play of the game on offense, breaking away for a 27-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter that increased the Niner lead to 19-7.

Rookie Jimmie Ward intercepted his first pass in the NFL.

Overall, Sunday’s performance was exactly what the 49ers needed. They hit the end zone twice with Gabbert and Johnson each leading a drive and were defensively stout, stuffing San Diego several times on short yardage situations.

The 49ers will play their final preseason game Thursday night in Houston before kicking off the regular season in Dallas on September 7.

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