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BALTIMORE – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick dropped back to pass twice during his one series of action on Thursday.
He threw incomplete to wide receiver Stevie Johnson on a play that was nullified due to a roughing-the-passer penalty.
On the next play, Kaepernick found tight end Vance McDonald for a 19-yard gain. The rest of the time, Kaepernick took snaps from center Daniel Kilgore and handed off to Carlos Hyde or Jewel Hampton. The 49ers settled for Phil Dawson’s 25-yard field goal on Kaepernick’s only drive (seven plays, 66 yards).
Those were the only points the 49ers would score in a 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the exhibition opener for both teams.
“I thought the offense played really well,” Kaepernick said. “The offensive line played really well when I was in there. We moved the ball down the field and put points on the board. That’s the whole idea.”
With the 49ers’ makeshift offensive line that did not include right tackle Anthony Davis (shoulder) or right guard Alex Boone (contract holdout), Kaepernick absorbed a hit when Ravens’ pass-rusher Pernell McPhee got past Pro Bowl left guard Mike Iupati.
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"I kind of felt him coming," Kaepernick said. "I wanted to get the ball out of my hands quick, I saw Stevie had beat his guy. I didn’t get to make the throw I wanted but the play worked out for us. . . It wasn’t necessarily that I saw him (McPhee), but I felt him. You kind of know when you have a 300-pound right next to you."
"We still ended up in the red zone with an opportunity to score a touchdown, so that’s all that really matters. The biggest thing for us is we’re trying to put points on the board, regardless of how we get there."
The 49ers have a day off on Friday but will remain in the Baltimore area for three days of joint practices (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) with the Ravens.
“You go against (49ers teammates) for so long, you start to pick up on players’ tendencies on your own team, and they pick up on yours,” Kaepernick said. “It’ll be different with (the Ravens), where you have a little bit of unknown how players will react to different things. Practice will help with that.”