The 49ers starting offensive and defensive units enjoyed quality performances in San Francisco’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos.
The second and third-team offense, however, turned the ball over four times to the visiting Broncos. The first of which was a walk-in fumble recovery for a touchdown by Broncos linebacker Shaun Phillips.
Denver would maintain its lead and finish the game with a 10-6 victory.
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Fortunately for San Francisco’s starters, the night wasn’t as dismal to start.
The majority of starters on both sides of the ball played just one series. Only members of the offensive line and second-year running back
Behind the starting offensive line, the 49ers marched down the field on their opening possession. Kaepernick was a perfect 4-of-4 for 38 yards. He completed passes to
The 49ers put together a 13-play drive, racking up 62 yards in the process, but could not convert a 3rd-and-15 from inside Broncos territory.
As a result,
The 49ers defense also fared well in its first preseason game. Peyton Manning led Denver on a no-huddle drive out to midfield, but was turned away when Smith, the third-year outside linebacker, collapsed the pocket and disrupted Manning’s throw to new slot receiver Wes Welker. Manning finished the game 2-of-4 for 13 yards.
Colt McCoy and Brock Osweiler took over at quarterback for their respective teams.
The 49ers went on to turn the ball over four times.
Denver took a 7-3 lead and maintained it for the rest of the first half, despite forcing two more turnovers.
Despite the miscue, Tolzien rallied in the fourth quarter to lead a 13-play, 73-yard scoring drive capped by another Dawson field goal. The veteran missed a 44-yard attempt to end the first half, but converted a 38-yard field goal to make it a 7-6 game.
Tolzien completed 17-yard and 21-yard passes to rookie tight end