August 26, 2013 in Sports

Kaepernick, 49ers defense look strong in 34-14 win

From Wire Reports
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman pushes Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder out of bounds.
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Get set for Storm Bowl

 LEWISTON, Maine – The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”

 The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands today predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

 “We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

 Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac’s secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.

 Readers who put stock in the almanac’s forecasts may do well to stock up on long johns, especially if they’re lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac says.

Associated Press

After a slow start, Colin Kaepernick completed six straight passes in his third series of the game and connected on a 5-yard-touchdown toss to Quinton Patton, and Lavelle Hawkins returned a kickoff 105 yards for a score late in the second quarter of San Francisco’s 34-14 NFL preseason victory over Minnesota on Sunday night.

Kaepernick began the game 1 for 7, then converted his next six pass attempts – including four in a row of 10 or more yards – and finished 7 for 13 for 72 yards.

Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, making his preseason debut, didn’t touch the ball in one series of action for Minnesota.

Saints 31, Texans 23

Houston’s Andre Johnson had 131 yards receiving before halftime in his first extended work of the preseason against the New Orleans Saints (3-0). But the New Orleans backups scored two touchdowns in the second half to help the Saints to the victory over the Texas (2-1).

Johnson didn’t play in the preseason opener and had less than a quarter of work last week.

On Sunday, he grabbed seven of the eight passes thrown to him, highlighted by a 39-yard reception.

Injury-plagued Bills sign Leinart

Free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Leinart fills an immediate need at Buffalo’s injury-depleted quarterback position. The Bills have only two healthy quarterbacks on their roster – Leinart and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel out of Washington State – heading into their final preseason game.

Kevin Kolb left the Bills’ game Saturday against Washington because of concussion-like symptoms and first-round pick EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason with a left knee injury.

Around the league

Giants free safety Stevie Brown will miss the regular season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that he hurt in Saturday’s game against the Jets. … The Jets say quarterback Mark Sanchez is “day-to-day” with an injured right shoulder that will sideline him for the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday. … Kickoff return specialist Josh Cribbs was released by the Raiders. He was signed after eight seasons with the Browns.

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