For starters, the 49ers finally mustered their first points at their new Santa Clara venue. Additionally, San Francisco put together a couple of touchdown drives and finally pulled off their first preseason victory.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh elected to play his starters much longer throughout the game as opposed to what he had done the previous two games.
This makes sense knowing that coaching staffs often treat the third game of the preseason as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. We will likely not see too many starters when San Francisco takes to the road against the Houston Texans on Thursday, August 28.
But the play of San Francisco's starters still might beg some questions as the regular season draws near. The offensive line, at times, looked as if it was full of holes. No. 1 quarterback Colin Kaepernick was under pressure for the majority of the game.
Fortunately, the 49ers backups came into the contest against a much thinner Chargers squad on both sides of the ball. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert had his first decent game of the preseason so far, and a number of San Francisco rookies also contributed in a significant manner.
The 49ers took this game 21-7, and although it means little in the preseason, the victory certainly gives the team some confidence and momentum as it rounds out the final preparations before Week 1 commences on September 7.
Let's take a look at a unit-by-unit analysis from San Francisco's victory over San Diego.