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Tolzien survives 49ers cuts, earns No. 3 QB job

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Scott Tolzien had no idea where he stood in the competition to win the San Francisco 49ers third and final quarterback spot after Thursday's final preseason game against San Diego.

If it were based on the final game, that nod would have gone to Josh Johnson. Going into his fifth season, Johnson was nearly flawless against the Chargers, completing 9 of 14 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Tolzien, meanwhile, was 3 of 8 for 42 yards with an interception.

Fortunately for Tolzien, the decision encompassed more than just the preseason finale and included his time serving as the team's No. 3 quarterback last season.