NFL preseason: Alex Smith, 49ers cap preseason with rout of Chargers
San Francisco • Delanie Walker caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith handed off five times before calling it a night and the San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the preseason with a 35-3 win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.
Walker returned to action for the first time since the exhibition opener after he injured his right knee during practice on Aug. 12. He missed time late last season with a broken left jaw before returning for the NFC championship, so the TD catch will only serve as a boost heading into the regular season next weekend.
Broncos 16, Cardinals 13 • At Glendale, Ariz., Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos' starters took the fourth game of the preseason off, and Denver got a 44-yard field goal from Matt Prater as the game ended to beat Arizona.
Eagles 28, Jets 10 • At Philadelphia, Greg McElroy became the first quarterback to lead the Jets into the end zone this preseason in a loss to the Eagles. The Jets (0-4) were the first team in 35 years to go three preseason games without a touchdown.
• Jacksonville 24, Atlanta 14
• Philadelphia 28, N.Y. Jets 10
• Houston 28, Minnesota 24
• St. Louis 31, Baltimore 17
• Green Bay 24, Kansas City 3
• Tennessee 10, New Orleans 6
• Indianapolis 20, Cincinnati 16
• Pittsburgh 17, Carolina 16
• Detroit 38, Buffalo 32
• Chicago 28, Cleveland 20
• San Francisco 35, San Diego 3
• Seattle 21, Oakland 3
• Denver 16, Arizona 13
Note • End of preseason