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49ers rough up Chargers 41-6

  • San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton, right, runs towards the end zone for a touchdown as San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall, left, can't catch him during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO — Colin Kaepernick looks ready for his first full season as a starter.

Mike McCoy's San Diego Chargers look as if they could use a few more weeks of training camp.

Kaepernick threw a touchdown pass to cap his only drive, and the San Francisco 49ers roughed up the Chargers 41-6 in the preseason finale for both teams Thursday night.

Kaepernick faked an inside handoff and then threw a short sidearm pass to Quinton Patton, who deked rookie free agent Marcus Cromartie and completed the 43-yard scoring play.

Coach Jim Harbaugh started the first-team offense of the 49ers (3-1), while McCoy sat his first-team defense.

The Chargers (1-3) had a bad night.

Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sacked four times in the first half and third-stringer Brad Sorensen threw two interceptions in the second half.

San Francisco linebacker Cam Johnson sacked Whitehurst twice and blocked a punt by Mike Scifres and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

The defending NFC champion 49ers open at home against Green Bay a week from Sunday.

The Chargers, who've missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, open at home against Houston a week from Monday.


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