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The Broncos had earlier wiped out the 49ers 34-0 in pre-season play.
The Denver Broncos took the field at Sports Authority Stadium Sunday after the 49ers had gone to punt out city on the first possession of the game and scored a touchdown with a short pass to Emmanuel Sanders after a 57-yard Peyton Manning drive and a good PAT to make the score 7-0.
The 49ers and their star quarterback Colin Kaepernick moved the ball to within field goal range and kicker Phil Dawson missed the 51-yard attempt when it went wide left.
Broncos came back out on the field, and Manning was a man on a mission. He set it up with a 18-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders and then with no further ado fired off a pass to Wes Welker who carried the ball 39 yards for the touchdown that tied Bret Favre’s 508 record. The Bronco score was 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The 49ers went to punt out city and when the Broncos came back out the 49ers sacked Manning as the quarter ended.
The Broncos went to punt out city.
When the 49ers came back out Von Miller got to Kaepernick on the first play and sacked him for an 8-yard loss back to the 5 yard line. Kaepernick fired a 31-yard bomb to Stevie Johnson and opened the game back up. The 49ers got into the Bronco red zone but couldn’t make it across the goal line when Anquan Boldin dropped the ball at the goal line. Dawson booted a 27-yard field goal to make the score 14-3.
With six minutes to go in the second quarter the Broncos got lucky on a penalty that took them to the 42 yard line (despite a Jim Harbaugh challenge), and they took it the rest of the way. Peyton Manning got up from his second sack of the game and threw a Demaryius Thomas touchdown pass to break the record at 509. Score right before the end of the half: Broncos 21, 49ers 3.
Working under pressure with 11 seconds to go in the half, Colin Kaepernick survived a DeMarcus Ware sack and scrambled for five, passed to Brandon Lloyd for 37 yards, Anquan Boldin for five and got across the goal line with Stevie Johnson’s 25 yard burst and 4 yard touchdown to make the score at the half 21-10
The second half was going to get a lot rougher for the 49ers as Bronco defense tightened up and the offense got out of control.
Kaepernick was intercepted in the first possession of the half as Aqib Talib grabbed a pass at the 49er 17 yard line, and when Manning got a hold of it the pass became touchdown pass Number 510 to Demaryius Thomas and the score bumped up to 28-10.
The 49ers went back to sack out city, and when the Broncos roared back out it was their new star runner, Ronnie Hillman who blazed down the field with a 37-yard touchdown run. The scoreboard flipped up to 35-10.
The 49ers paid yet another visit to punt out city.
And the Broncos were back out on the field and drove the ball 73 yards using Julius Thomas, Juwan Thompson, Wes Welker, and C.J. Anderson; Ronnie Hillman ran across the goal line to make the score 42-10.
When the fourth quarter opened up the 49ers went back to sack out city for the fifth sack of the night
Bronco second string quarterback Brock Osweiler came out for Peyton Manning and made a quick trip to punt out city.
Colin Kaepernick, not used to running up against a brick wall, pulled a final drive together with Boldin and Michael Crabtree, made it to the Bronco 8 yard line and then ran into another brick wall at the goal line and gave it up on downs.
Osweiler went back to punt out city and gave the 49ers the ball with a little over two minutes to go in the game.
49er second string quarter back Blaine Gabbert stepped in for Kaepernick and with 69 seconds to go scored a touchdown with a pass to Bruce Ellington to make the final score 42-17. His drive started at the 45 yard line.
Sunday’s game put the Broncos at 5-1 and they play the San Diego Chargers Thursday night at Denver. The Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 23-20 at San Diego. and now are at 5-2, losing previously only to the Arizona Cardinals 18-17. Last year the Broncos beat the Chargers 28-20 in November and 24-17 in post-season play.
In the following weeks the Broncos play the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams.
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