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Preseason Live Updates: San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Posted Aug 19, 2017

Keep it right here for up-to-the-minute game information for the 49ers preseason home opener against the Broncos.



The San Francisco 49ers (1-0) will look to remain unbeated in the preseason on Saturday night when they host the Denver Broncos at Levi's® Stadium. Expect to see more from each team's starters. Kyle Shanahan shared that the 49ers first-team offense and defense could play into the second quarter.

Keep it here for live updates throughout the contest.

PREGAME

As was the case last week, there are no true "inactives" during exhibition play. The 49ers have still supplied a list of players who are not extected to play against the Broncos: DeForest Buckner, Ronald Blair III, Aaron Lynch, Will Redmond, Prince Charles Iworah, Joshua Garnett, Jimmie Ward and Sean Porter.

Denver has several big names who will not play, most notably Von Miller and Emmanuel Sanders. It's a shame we won't get to see the Miller vs. Trent Brown matchup.

The 49ers captains Saturday night are all ex-Broncos: Kapri Bibbs, Elvis Dumervil, Zane Beadles and Dekoda Watson.

FIRST QUARTER

The 49ers won the coin toss and defered to the second half. That means Denver will start with the football.

A missed tackle and a penalty cost the 49ers a three-and-out, but the group rebounded and still got a stop. Lorenzo Jerome nearly had an interception on a third-down pass to Demaryius Thomas. The undrafted rookie also had a stop on a screen pass earlier in the drive.

A special teams gaffe gave the ball right back to the Broncos. Jaquiski Tartt inadvertently touched the punt and Denver recovered. A pass interference in the end zone gave the Broncos the ball at the 1-yard line.

After being denied twice, C.J. Anderson crossed the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run to put Denver up 7-0. (10:26)

The 49ers went three-and-out on their first possession for the second straight week. Another pre-snap penalty didn't help.

Eric Reid was all over the field early. He posted four quick tackles and would have blown up a run play had it not been for Denver's false start. He appears to be settling into his new role nicely. NaVorro Bowman broke up a third-down pass to give San Francisco a much-needed stop.

Brian Hoyer got rolling a bit on the next drive. Two completions to Marquise Goodwin went for 22 and 12 yards, respectfully. Then the quarterback had two more forgetable plays. He tripped over himself before throwing one pass. On the next play, the ball slipped out of his hands for a fumble. Denver recovered the ball near midfield.

Second Quarter

Paxton Lynch scrambled for 10 yards to move the chains on 3rd-and-1 to get to the 49ers 25-yard line. The 49ers defense stepped up from there. A stop by Reid, a holding penalty, a tackle from Reuben Foster and a third-down stop from Rashard Robinson held Denver to a field goal.

Brandon McManus was good from 45-yards out to make it 10-0 Broncos. (11:46)

Hoyer remained in the game for the 49ers. He completed his first pass to Kyle Juszczyk for a 21-yard gain. The fullback made one man miss near the sideline and then trucked another defender for extra yards on the play.


The turnover bug struck again. Marquise Goodwin juggled a ball over the middle that was intercepted by Broncos cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris. Hoyer threw it a bit behind Goodwin, but the receiver still should have brought it in.

That, in all liklihood, ended the night for the first-team offense. Two turnovers overshadowed some promising highlights. Hoyer finished 7-for-10 passing for 80 yards and an interception.

A third-down sack from Jaquiski Tartt held the Broncos to another field-goal try.

McManus drilled the 51-yarder to extend Denver's lead, 13-0. (6:19)

Shanahan, understandably, didn't want the first-team offense to end on two straight turnovers. Hoyer came back out for another drive. Carlos Hyde got going with back-to-back runs of seven yards. Hoyer completed a third-down pass to Goodwin for a 9-yard gain.

Another drive ended in a turnover, however. Tim Hightower fumbled his first carry of the preseason and Denver recovered. The 49ers had four first half turnovers, including one on each of their last three offensive possessions of the first half.

Broncos backup running back De'Angelo Henderson had back-to-back impressive receptions and broke several tackles. His 16-yard catch was followed by a 9-yard touchdown catch that was called back due to a hold.

Denver scored on the following play, a 19-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian to Jordan Taylor to make it 20-0. (0:44)

C.J. Beathard came into the game at the end of the half. A 17-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne highlighted the drive. San Francisco ran out of time, though, as the clock dwindled to zeroes.

Third Quarter

Beathard and the 49ers got the ball first to start the second half. A 39-yard catch and run from Aldrick Robinson got the 49ers into Broncos territory.

Beathard followed with a 29-yard touchdown pass to college teammate George Kittle to get the 49ers on the board, 20-7. (13:50)

The rookie QB has now completed five passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Denver answered with another scoring drive. Marlon Brown caught passes of 13 and 19 yards to set up another field-goal try.

McManis was true on a 42-yard field goal to make it 23-7, Denver. (7:27)

San Francisco followed with a three-and-out on its ensuing offensive possession.

We had a nice preseason funny at the end of the third quarter. On a 49ers punt, there were literally six flags thrown. The official laughed his way through the explanation and ended by saying, "With all that, they all offset, and we will replay the down."

Without fail, there was a penalty on the ensuing punt.

Fourth Quarter

Mercifully, there are only 15 minutes left in this game.

Pita Taumoepenu opened the fourth quarter with a sack of Broncos third-string quarterback Kyle Sloter. The sixth-round pick got injured on Denver's next drive.

Sloter completed back-to-back passes to Hunter Sharp for gains of 17 and 14 yards, respectively.

McManus made another field goal. This time a 40-yarder to extend the lead to 26-7. (6:39)

Matt Barkley is in which means Beathard's night is done. The rookie completed 7-of-12 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. Barkley's first pass was a 10-yard completion to Blake Bell.

A delayed handoff to Joe Williams resulted in a fumble and the 49ers fifth turnover of the evening.

Denver capitalized with a touchdown on a Juwan Thompson 20-yard run to make it 33-7. (4:37)

Victor Bolden Jr. answered right back for the 49ers.

The undrafted receiver took the ensuing kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, cutting Denver's lead to 33-14 (4:24).

That was a nice way for the Oregon State product to add to his case for a roster spot.

The Broncos won 22-14. The 49ers will visit the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 of the preseason.


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