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49ers rough up Chargers 41-6

  • Quinton Patton, right, runs toward the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter. (DENIS POROY / Associated Press)

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.

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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.

Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem, who has a guaranteed $5 million salary, had four catches before sustaining a concussion. He's been a forgotten man since dropping a potential touchdown pass in a 7-6 loss at Cleveland last season.

Niners free agent pickup Lavelle Hawkins had a spectacular 45-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter.

A short pass from B.J. Daniels bounced off Hawkins' hands and into the air, but the receiver grabbed it before being hit by rookie safety Jahleel Addae. Addae didn't wrap up, and Hawkins swept to the left and finished the scoring run for a 34-6 lead.

Kaepernick is heading into his first full season as a starter after making 10 starts last year and leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

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