49ers vs. Chargers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis for San Francisco
Going on the road, the San Francisco 49ers really poured it on tonight, if nothing else, showing their depth is far better than that of the San Diego Chargers. As an exhibition match, this game did not provide any new information on the Niners’ behalf—it simply reinforced what most already knew.
The headlining takeaways:
- Wide receiver Quinton Patton did not need four exhibition games to prove he is an amazing young talent. He will be ready to go for Week 1 versus Green Bay and it would not be a surprise to see him listed as the No. 3 behind veterans Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams.
- The 49ers are extremely deep on the defensive side of the football, which includes cornerback and outside linebacker. Corners Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox, as well as linebackers Dan Skuta, Corey Lemonier and Cam Johnson all stood out in a very positive way. Each of them projects to be a role player this year for San Francisco.
- Despite efforts from Jewel Hampton and Anthony Dixon, the running back situation went unaffected. The big three are already set in stone. However, No. 3 tailback LaMichael James was the least impressive out of everyone, which is a surprise given the praise from the coaching staff and what he projects to be. Frankly, the ‘Niners may have been holding back in terms of play calling. The designs for him in the exhibition kept James running between the tackles, and he was also limited as a receiving threat.
- Vance McDonald is going to be a primary weapon with room to grow into an elite talent on the offensive side of the ball. He looked like a man amongst boys out there, which shows that he belongs in the starting lineup. His effort after the catch and ability to gain chunks of yards at a time was also very encouraging.
49ers 41, Chargers 6
Granted, the Lavelle Hawkins play was incredible. But let's not forget, he really should've caught the ball the first time.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) August 30, 2013
49ers backups are just better than the Chargers backups...
The 'Niners have some talented guys here. They are going to wind up releasing some very good football players; Chuck Jacobs being one of them.
San Francisco continues to pile it on.
40-burger.— Taylor Price (@TaylorPrice49) August 30, 2013
B.J. Daniels Moving the Ball with the Read-Option...
No. 5 is showing his stuff! It's hard not to like what he's done in the exhibition. He's played very well in tight situations, usually working with the backups and has often managed to make something out of nothing.
For a guy who only weighs 196 pounds, DB Michael Thomas plays very physical.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) August 30, 2013
Lavelle Hawkins with 45-yard TD. Tipped it to himself, bounces around and sprints to the end zone. And, best yet, nothing unsportsmanlike.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) August 30, 2013
WOW! Play by Lavelle Hawkins
The wideout bobbles the catch, recovers, bounces off tacklers, reverses field and directs traffic down the left sideline for a touchdown. What an effort, but that says more about the Chargers backup defense than it does Hawkins.
Just how you draw it up. Touchdown Lavelle Hawkins. #SFvsSD— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 30, 2013
Not a lot of fireworks from the rookie tonight. The offensive line play has been atrocious throughout, which does not help matters. However, it is important to note that Daniels continues to play with good energy on a play-by-play basis.
49ers Pass Rush
This group up front, no matter who is rotating in, continues to arrive at the passer. It's the reason the Chargers have only mustered two field goals in three-and-a-half quarters of play. The scouting departing has been great at finding linebackers and defensive linemen in the draft, and the coaching staff has been exceptional at developing them.
It is a perfect marriage, and it's helped with this team's identity.
The Austin Collie comeback tour appears to have blown a tire, or four...and the engine...and transmission.— Tre Niner (@Tre9er) August 30, 2013
Tramaine Brock is a great No. 4 CB
Mind Kevin Lynch's word usage here: "won it." It's a good thing, too. When Nnamdi Asomugha's game is on, it's golden. If the 49ers are getting a fraction of the guy in Oakland, this could be a nice gain for the defense, which has been beefed up in the D-front.
Tramaine Brock with a pick. #49ers figured he would win the third CB spot, but Nnamdi was won it.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) August 30, 2013
Cam Johnson seals his huge night!
Second-year linebacker Cam Johnson comes in on special teams, blocks the punt and recovers the touchdown! That is on top of his four tackles and two sacks that came earlier on. He appears to be a lock for the final roster and a promising young talent that will be utilized on game day.
Perrish Cox blitzing...
It's been interesting to see how much cornerback Perrish Cox has been blitzing in the exhibition. He has become fluent in the outside and nickel roles this offseason, which makes him a very versatile weapon for the 49ers on defense.
If he winds up working out of the slot and close to the line of scrimmage this season, San Francisco may have a new defensive wrinkle. This isn't something they've done a lot in the past two seasons. Good to see the advancement by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Jon Baldwin looks kind of like Dwight Howard— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) August 30, 2013
Looks like 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee agrees..
Solid tackling game by Craig Dahl. Now he gets an INT.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 30, 2013
A touchdown saving tackle earlier...
Now a heads up interception by safety Craig Dahl. He is looking good tonight.
Emotions Running High
Only coach Jim Harbaugh will lose his cool in a Week 4 preseason game that he is winning.
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