Preseason roundup: Smith, 49ers dump Vikings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers picked up right where they left off last season in their preseason opener.
Brandon Jacobs, Kendall Hunter and Rock Cartwright combined for 69 yards rushing on the first drive to lead a reloaded running back group for San Francisco on a night three-time Pro Bowler Frank Gore rested.
Christian Ponder completed 4 of 9 passes for 80 yards, and Toby Gerhart ran for 31 yards for Minnesota in place of rehabbing starter Adrian Peterson. The Vikings offense showed promise everywhere but in the end zone, settling for field goals of 39 and 26 yards by new kicker Blair Walsh in Candlestick Park's whipping winds.
Randy Moss made his 49ers debut after sitting out last season, though it was hard to notice. The 35-year-old wide receiver, who signed a one-year deal with San Francisco, was never targeted.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Eli Manning only played two series and produced three points before taking the rest of the night off in New York's loss in both teams' preseason opener.
New York built a 17-point first half lead, but Jacksonville responded with an 18-point second half to earn the victory.
Manning was 4 of 8 for 60 yards and a passer rating of 75.0. The Giants were forced to punt in their first series, but Manning directed a drive into the red zone on the next series before settling for a field goal.
Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert was sharp in directing an 89-yard touchdown drive in 13 plays on the Jaguars' first series. But that was the extent of his success as the next two drives were halted by lost fumbles, the second one by Gabbert.
DETROIT (AP) -- Jeff Wolfert kicked a 45-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to lift Cleveland to victory.
Detroit stopped Adonis Thomas on a 2-point conversion run with 6:05 left to keep the lead, but couldn't run enough time off the clock to keep the ball away from the Browns.
The banged-up Browns took another hit when rookie Brandon Weeden threw to Mohamed Massaquoi and the wide receiver left the game with a head injury. Weeden was 3 of 9 for 62 yards with an interception and a fumble.
Detroit backup quarterback Shaun Hill led two touchdown drives in the first half to put the Lions ahead 14-3 in the first half.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jamaal Charles took a solid hit to the left knee on his very first carry, then bounced right up and helped Kansas City score touchdowns on its first two possessions.
Charles, the NFL's second-leading rusher in 2010, had 12 yards on three carries and caught one pass for 11 yards in his first action since ACL surgery on the left knee last September. Two other key starters who also sat out last season with ACL surgery - safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki - also played with no apparent problem, a huge relief for fans and coaches.
In their second possession, the Chiefs romped 72 yards in just four plays, capped by Shaun Draughn's 4-yard run.
MIAMI (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off to a good start under new coach Greg Schiano, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions.
Starting quarterback Josh Freeman left the game after playing only one series for Tampa Bay, completing 4 of 5 passes for 41 yards. LeGarrette Blount finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge on fourth-and-goal.
David Garrard was scheduled to start for Miami after being listed first on the depth chart, but his agent confirmed Friday he's slated to have knee surgery.
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