49ers topple the Vikings, 34-14 at Candlestick Park on Sunday Night Football.
In what was the most telling match for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 thus far, the 'Niners clinched their second consecutive win of the preseason.
The first-team offense and first-team defense looked as sharp as ever. There was a bit of a regular season swagger at the beginning of the game with Justin Smith, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks swarming in the backfield.
On offense, the decision by Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke was validated, as Jonathan Baldwin had a strong first showing in a 49ers uniform. His two catches were enough to satisfy the fan base, especially considering the dazzling debut by rookie wideout Quinton Patton.
In his first-ever game as a pro, Patton led the 49ers in receiving with four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Vance McDonald, Kendall Hunter and Marlon Moore also flashed their ability throughout the match-up, which was encouraging for the 'Niners. This is a team looking for results on offense and that is exactly what it got in the third week of preseason.
The 49ers don't even need another exhibition game. This ballclub looks ready for Week 1.
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