49ers beat Vikings in exhibition game
The San Francisco 49ers beat the visiting Minnesota Vikings 34-14 in an exhibition game.
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO – The familiar formula that carried San Francisco to the Super Bowl last season is on display again.
Colin Kaepernick marched the offense with six straight completions during a series that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Patton, and Aldon Smith and Justin Smith plowed through Minnesota’s offensive line to make plays and hard-hitting tackles in the 49ers’ 34-14 exhibition victory over the Vikings on Sunday night.
Lavelle Hawkins of the 49ers returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
Coach Jim Harbaugh named Colt McCoy as Kaepernick’s backup. McCoy, who was 11 of 15 for 109 yards, said he restructured his contract Saturday.
• In another exhibition, New Orleans reserves scored two TDs in the second half to help the Saints beat the Texans 31-23 in Houston.
• Oakland coach Dennis Allen said quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start Thursday’s exhibition finale against the Seahawks in Seattle and ex-Hawks QB Matt Flynn — who has a sore right arm — won’t play.
• QB Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets won’t play Thursday against Philadelphia because of a right-shoulder injury and is listed as day to day. He was injured in Saturday’s 24-21 overtime victory over the New York Giants.
• The Buffalo Bills, weakened by injuries at quarterback, signed free-agent Matt Leinart and acquired QB Thaddeus Lewis in a trade with Detroit for linebacker Chris White.
• The Giants cut former Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry.