Kaepernick inspires 49ers success

  • Last Updated: October 21 2013, 9:04 BST

Colin Kaepernick came to the fore as the San Francisco 49ers warmed up for next week's Wembley showdown against Jacksonville with a 31-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Colin Kaepernick: Threw for 199 yards, as well as running for 68 and a touchdown
Colin Kaepernick: Threw for 199 yards, as well as running for 68 and a touchdown

Kaepernick threw for 199 yards, as well as running for 68 and a touchdown, to claim a fourth straight win for the 49ers.

Frank Gore also ran for a pair of one-yard TDs as San Francisco cruised.

Tramaine Brock also intercepted a pass, Justin Smith had two of the 49ers' three sacks and Kassim Osgood recovered a muffed punt for a TD.

The Titans, by contrast, have now lost three in a row even though Jake Locker threw for 326 yards with two touchdown passes after missing the last two games due to injury.

They outgained the 49ers 368-349 in total offense - but only because of a frantic fourth quarter as they tried to rally. San Francisco still had a big edge in time of possession, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes, including the third quarter when the 49ers played keepaway for more than 11 minutes. Gore capped the opening drive of the third with his second TD for a 24-0 lead.

Tennessee tried to make it interesting late in a finish that featured plenty of pushing and shoving.

Locker tossed a short pass to Chris Johnson for a 66-yard TD, pulling Tennessee within 24-10 with 7:07 left, and the Titans forced the 49ers to punt.

But Tommie Campbell blocked Darryl Morris into Darius Reynaud, who muffed the punt. Osgood recovered in the end zone for the clinching TD.

Locker found former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker on a 26-yard TD with 3:17 left.

The Titans were offside on the ensuing onside kick, and the 49ers recovered to rung out the clock.


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