49ers at Chargers Live Blog: Instant Reactions and in-Game Analysis

Peter PanacyCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29:   Vance McDonald #89 of the San Francisco 49ers leaves his feet to avoid a tackle in front of  Andrew Gachkar #59 of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter of a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It was the last preseason matchup for the San Francisco 49ers as they visited the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29.

For much of the game, second and third-string players were given the majority of opportunities to showcase whether or not they belonged on the team.  Some flourished while others did not. 

One of these storylines focused on the 49ers wide receivers.  Rookie Quinton Patton was impressive, hauling in a touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick on San Francisco's opening drive.  It also speaks measures considering he was playing with the first-team offense.  Jon Baldwin, acquired in the recent A.J. Jenkins trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, also got some looks later in the game as suggested by Doug Williams of NBC Bay Area.

The defense already looks as if it is ready to go.  The offensive line is set.  The quarterback situation is clearer with Colt McCoy being named the principle backup.

Both McCoy and Colin Kaepernick looked sharp in the game although McCoy did not finish particularly strong.  B.J. Daniels, along with Patton, has emerged as one of the top stories for San Francisco this preseason and his performance in the latter half of the game indicates he may be here to stay.

Thus far, Daniels has looked like San Francisco made the right decision in selecting him over Seneca Wallace.

Most of San Francisco's starters did not last long into the game.  It was time for the backups to shine.  Even so, backup running back LaMichael James left the game with an injury and did not return.  Offensive lineman Adam Snyder was also taken out.

Cam Johnson, who was fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster, had the most impressive night on defense and special teams.  He has two sacks, a blocked punt and a defensive touchdown.

San Francisco goes on to beat the San Diego Chargers 41-6 in a dominant performance on offense, defense and special teams.