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Texans no problem for 49ers in 34-3 win

  • Vernon Davis gets the touchdown signal after his 64-yard scoring play. (Associated Press)

SAN FRANCISCO — Fooled by the preposterously warm weather at Candlestick Park on Sunday night, the 49ers won an August preseason game. Or so it seemed.

The Niners grabbed a lead just a minute and a half into the game, methodically built a 21-point halftime advantage, then more or less played out the string against a team, the Houston Texans, that really had no chance of mounting a serious challenge. The lack of drama made it feel as though the starters had retreated to the sideline and the second stringers were left to finish things off — a sensation heightened by guys like Tony Jerod-Eddie, Dan Skuta and Michael Wilhoite playing prominent roles on defense.

The final tally: a 34-3 victory for the 49ers, and they barely worked up a sweat in getting there.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's statistics through three quarters — before he teamed up with tight end Vernon Davis on a deep touchdown pass — included four completions in 13 attempts, for 45 yards. Those numbers were appropriate in 1972, but are almost unrecognizable in today's NFL. And yet the 49ers led 21-0 at halftime, tied for their largest first-half lead under Jim Harbaugh.

“Anytime you can get up on 'em — like you said, it was efficient,” right guard Alex Boone said.

Powering the effort for the 49ers was their pass defense, which came up with three interceptions. It's debatable how much of that had to do with tight coverage, and how much lay on the shoulders of Matt Schaub, Houston's embattled quarterback.

Schaub was already one of the most despised men in Texas coming into the game, thanks in part to his perplexing late-game interception that opened the door for a loss to Seattle last week. Sunday's game did nothing to improve his standing. He threw three interceptions — two to cornerback Tramaine Brock, who was playing in place of injured Nnamdi Asomugha in the nickel — and one to 301-pound defensive tackle Jerod-Eddie, and Schaub probably should have thrown a fourth; rookie safety Eric Reid dropped a pass that was right in his mitts.

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