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49ers ugly in 34-7 beating from San Diego

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49ers ugly in 34-7 beating from San Diego

Dec. 16, 2010

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SANDIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers have regained their December swagger,thanks to Vincent Jackson's return and a smash-mouth defense.Jackson caught a career-high threetouchdown passes, Philip Rivers surpassed 4,000 yards passing for thethird straight season and the Chargers beat Alex Smith and the SanFrancisco 49ers 34-7 on Thursday night to stay alive in the AFC Westrace.Jackson reminded the Chargers just what they missed when he sat out 10 games during a nasty contract dispute."Since I've been here, it's like Ihad never left," said Jackson, who had his first three TD grabs of theseason, of 58, 11 and 21 yards."He seems to be in midseason form,"Rivers said. "I feel like he's been here for 15 weeks. That's a creditto the way he practices."The Chargers (8-6) pulled within a half-game of AFC West leader Kansas City (8-5), which lost 31-0 at San Diego on Sunday.San Francisco was probably thetoughest test left for the Chargers, who finish with games atCincinnati (2-11) and Denver (3-10). If San Diego wins out and theChiefs lose once, the Chargers will win their fifth straight divisiontitle.The Chargers came within 4:26 of having consecutive shutouts for the first time in their 51-year history.The 49ers (5-9) could wind up 7-9 and in a three-way tie and still win the NFC West, the NFL's weakest division.
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Rivers and Jackson came out early in the fourth quarter and the Chargers leading 31-0.Rivers was 19 of 25 for 273 yards,giving him 4,141 for the season. He tied Hall of Famer Dan Fouts' teamrecord set from 1979-81. Jackson had five catches for 112 yards."He and Phil have such a goodrapport," center Nick Hardwick said. "They both know what's going on,and they've studied for hours together. We were expecting him to comein and explode, and that's what he's done. He's a beast. He does thingsother players can't do, and he did it tonight."Unhappy that the Chargers didn'tgive him a long-term deal, Jackson sat out the first seven games. Hethen missed three more games while serving a team-imposed suspension.The move cost him some 3 million in salary.When he returned at Indianapolis on Nov. 28, he pulled a calf muscle two plays in and was done for the night and the next game.On the fourth play from scrimmage,Rivers wound up and threw deep. The 6-foot-5 Jackson slowed down andreached out over 6-foot Nate Clements' head to make the catch at aboutthe 15 before outracing the cornerback into the end zone.Jackson exploited a mismatch against linebacker Takeo Spikes for an easy 11-yard catch just before halftime.Jackson pulled in a 21-yarder earlyin the fourth quarter, getting the ball just past the pylon. The playwas upheld after a review.Mike Tolbert had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and Nate Kaeding kicked field goals of 25 and 39 yards.Smith fell far short of having thehappy homecoming he was hoping for. Coming off a promising returnfollowing a five-game absence, he was 19 of 29 for 165 yards with oneinterception and was sacked six times."We wanted it bad," linebackerBrandon Siler said of the shutout that just eluded the Bolts. "We weresaying on the sideline, 'Don't give up anything cheap.' It hurts alittle bit, but I think we already know we're a good defense. We provedthat."San Francisco's only score came on Brian Westbrook's 3-yard run with 4:26 left.The 49ers watched as both a fieldgoal and a touchdown came off the scoreboard in a span of four playsearly in the second quarter.Jeff Reed kicked a 38-yard fieldgoal but San Diego's Antonio Garay was whistled for unnecessaryroughness for trying to gain leverage, giving the 49ers first-and-goalat the 10. Smith scrambled and dove at the left pylon on third down andit was ruled a touchdown. The Chargers challenged and it was reversed,with Smith ruled down inches from the goal line. On fourth down at the1, Siler threw Anthony Dixon for a 2-yard loss."I just read the play and got inthere," Siler said. "I think it takes the energy and the momentum outof a team when you do something like that."Said Smith: "It continued to getone-dimensional for us. When you play a defense of that caliber,they're the No. 1 defense for a reason. They played well."Smith was playing against his hometown Chargers for the first time in the regular season.Michael Crabtree had just threecatches for 17 yards and Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis didn't have acatch until the waning minutes, finishing with one for 4 yards."This team has highs and lows, butif we are fortunate enough to go to the playoffs, I think we deserve togo," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said.NOTES: The Chargers tied the teamrecord for consecutive shutout quarters at seven. ... 49ers DT JustinSmith was ejected after making contact with umpire Garth DeFelicefollowing a play. The lineman was in an argument with at least oneChargers player when he appeared to shove DeFelice, who was trying tokeep him out of the scuffle.

Potential big play slips from Hoyer's grasp during preseason loss to Broncos

Potential big play slips from Hoyer's grasp during preseason loss to Broncos

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Brian Hoyer threw the ball well enough to impress the Denver Broncos’ defensive backs during the 49ers’ two joint practices.

While he hit most of his passes on Saturday night, it was one that slipped away that summarized the 49ers’ 33-14 loss to the Broncos in the second exhibition game for both teams.

Hoyer had plenty of time to throw and saw a potential big play unfolding as he started to throw to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. But the ball popped out of Hoyer’s right hand as he began to throw.

“I was getting ready to rip it to Kerley,” Hoyer said. “He had a double-move route, and I thought he was going to win. I went to throw it. And I was going to throw it hard, and literally, I think my arm even went forward and I was looking around, ‘What happened to the ball?' "

The ball ended up loose on the ground, where Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris recovered.

“My quarterbacks coach asked me, ‘When’s the last time that happened to you?’ Hoyer said. “Maybe a few years ago in practice, that happened one time. I never had that happen in a game. It’s the worst feeling. You go to throw the ball and you’re looking, and all of a sudden, you look around and you have no idea where it is.”

Hoyer and the 49ers passing game was sharp during two practice sessions with the Broncos during the week, prompting All-Pro defensive backs Aqib Talib and Chris Harris to praise the Hoyer, as well as coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Hoyer completed 8 of 11 pass attempts for 89 yards under the lights of Levi's Stadium. He threw an interception when 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin juggled the ball and Denver defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris wrestled the ball away from him as they tumbled to the ground.

“There weren’t any reads on his 11 attempts that I was upset with,” Shanahan said of Hoyer.

“(On) his pick, Marquise has to catch that ball. He threw it to him. That keeps the drive alive. He just didn’t catch it clean and the DB made a good play. I wish Brian could’ve played longer to get a chance to get into some sort of rhythm.”

In the game, the 49ers committed 11 penalties for 86 yards and turned the ball over five times. Denver scored 27 points off those turnovers.

“I don’t think any of us should be pleased right now,” Hoyer said. “When you put the defense in that situation, regardless of whether it’s a regular-season game or a preseason game, you should feel displeased with the performance.”

Instant Analysis: Turnovers cost 49ers in preseason loss to Broncos

Instant Analysis: Turnovers cost 49ers in preseason loss to Broncos

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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers don’t have to worry about peaking too soon, that’s for sure.

The 49ers first-team offense was plagued by turnovers and penalties against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in the second exhibition game for both teams. And things did not get much better when the backups entered the action.

After two days during which the 49ers more than held their own against Denver in joint practices, there was no debate about which team was better when it was time for a game.

The 49ers put together an all-around sloppy performance -- low-lighted by 11 penalties and five turnovers -- in a 33-14 loss to the Broncos on Saturday night.

While the starters were in the game, the 49ers were outscored 10-0. The 49ers committed six penalties for 53 yards and committed four turnovers in the first half, as the 49ers fell behind 20-0 through two quarters.

“I thought the D did a solid job,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during his halftime interview on KPIX. “We put them in a bad situation four times, so I was happy that they just held it to what it was.”

Jaquiski Tartt was responsible for one of the giveaways when it was ruled he inadvertently touched the ball on a punt in the first quarter. The Broncos recovered the muffed punt to retain possession.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer lost a fumble when the ball slipped out of his hand as he was throwing. Hoyer was also tagged with an interception. Denver defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris ripped the ball away from Marquise Goodwin as he juggled a Hoyer pass that was thrown behind him.

Running back Tim Hightower lost a fumble in the second quarter.

The Broncos capitalized on those four turnovers for all 20 of their points while shutting out the 49ers through halftime.

The 49ers’ offense showed some signs of life with Hoyer at the controls. The team gained 111 yards on their 22 plays. Hoyer completed 8 of 11 passes for 89 yards before rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard replaced him late in the first half.

Beathard continued to make a strong case to win the backup job. Beathard is in competition with Matt Barkley as the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback.

Beathard teamed up with his former Iowa teammate, tight end George Kittle, on a 29-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Kittle caught the short pass from Beathard, turned up the left sideline, ran through an attempted tackle by Lewis-Harris, then stiff-armed safety Orion Stewart en route to the end zone.

Beathard completed 7 of his 12 pass attempts for 110 yards. His passer rating was 116.7.

FOSTER, BOWMAN START
Linebackers Reuben Foster and NaVorro Bowman, who were limited in the 49ers’ final joint practice with Denver with shoulder ailments, started played 20 snaps apiece.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense. Bowman had two tackles, while Foster added one before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

Foster underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in February. Some NFL teams reportedly did not believe he would be available to play this season. He was cleared for full-contact drills on the eve of training camp.

The 49ers said Foster’s mild AC joint sprain in his right shoulder was not related to his previous injury. He was held out of contact drills on Thursday. Bowman was pulled out of practice Thursday with a similar condition.

SITTING IT OUT
Players who did not see action due to injuries were: Defensive linemen Aaron Lynch, DeForest Buckner and Ronald Blair, linebacker Sean Porter, defensive backs Will Redmond and Prince Charles Iworah, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, and guard Joshua Garnett.

Jimmie Ward remains on physical unable to perform due to a hamstring injury. Ward could be activated when the 49ers return to practice.

THIS ‘N’ THAT
--Undrafted rookie Victor Bolden supplied one of the lone highlights for the 49ers with a 104-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter.

--Eli Harold started at the strongside linebacker in place of Ahmad Brooks, who entered the game in the second quarter with the second-team defense.

--Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian connected with Jordan Taylor on a 19-yard touchdown pass against the coverage of newly signed 49ers cornerback Asa Jackson in the second quarter.

--Undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome started at free safety for the second game in a row. Jerome recorded two tackles and broke up a pass.

--Goodwin caught three passes for 44 yards. His first two receptions accounted for the first first downs from the 49ers’ No. 1 offense in the exhibition season.

--Rookie pass-rusher Pita Taumoepenu recorded a sack in the fourth quarter.

--The 49ers did not get much going from their top three running backs. Carlos Hyde gained 26 on eight carries. Kapri Bibbs had 6 yards on four carries. And Hightower had minus-1 yard on three attempts.

--Rookie running back Joe Williams entered the game with less than seven minutes to play. Guard Norman Price got blown back into the backfield on Williams second attempt, allowing Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris to, in essence, intercept the handoff from Barkley to Willliams.