San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The San Francisco 49ers received a 4-yard
touchdown run from Jewel Hampton and a 1-yard score from Anthony Dixon in the
fourth quarter to pull away for a 34-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Colin Kaepernick played well in just a quarter of action, going 7-of-13 for 72
yards with a touchdown pass to Quinton Patton. Lavelle Hawkins added 105-yard
touchdown on a kickoff return and Phil Dawson went 2-for-2 on field goals.
Minnesota stayed winless this preseason, with quarterback Christian Ponder
losing a fumble and throwing an interception. Besides the turnovers, he threw
for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-23 efficiency.
The Niners struck first, getting a 30-yard field goal from Dawson after the
team recovered a Ponder fumble deep in Minnesota territory. Later on in the
first, Kaepernick made it 10-0 with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Patton.
Colt McCoy then entered at quarterback and was picked off on San Francisco's
first drive of the second period. Chad Greenway recorded the interception, and
Ponder capitalized by tossing a touchdown to Zach Line from a yard out.
Hawkins restored a 10-point edge for the 49ers by taking the ensuing
kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. Dawson then made it 20-7 with a 50-yard
field goal before the half.
Ponder's last series ended in touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 20-14 in
the third, but Hampton and Dixon each had rushing scores in the fourth to
break the game open.
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