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The familiar formula that carried San Francisco back to the Super Bowl last season for the first time in 18 years 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. Sure, it's only the preseason. And there were a lot of foolish penalties. Yet Kaepernick looks sharp, and the defense looks its usual stingy. Justin Smith ran over two would-be blockers to pound Toby Gerhart for a 4-yard loss midway through the first quarter, and sack man Aldon Smith recovered a fumble and put pressure on Christian Ponder. The new look in this one: flashy Lavelle Hawkins. Hawkins returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter, but he received two unsportsmanlike penalties in the p...
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