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Gabbert throws early TD before Texans rally past 49ers 24-13

Blaine Gabbert had the stage to himself in San Francisco's quarterback competition with Colin Kaepernick nursing a sore shoulder and provided a strong finish to an uneven performance in the exhibition opener.

Gabbert overcame a shaky start to throw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald before the Houston Texans rallied in the second half against San Francisco's reserves to beat the 49ers 24-13 on Sunday.

"There were ups and downs," Gabbert said. "But we saw when we got into the groove what we can do as a unit."

Brock Osweiler didn't fare as well in his Texans debut, failing to lead Houston to any points in three drives. Houston got on the...