The stadium looked immaculate. The on-field result wasn’t quite as nice.
The San Francisco 49ers opened up preseason play at Levi's® Stadium with a 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos.
"I didn't think we executed well enough in any area today," Jim Harbaugh said after his team dropped to 0-2 in the preseason.
Several key veterans did not suit up for San Francisco. Among them, defensive linemen
After the 60-minute contest, we put together some key notes from the preseason matchup, starting with a summary of
Short Work for First-team Offense
Kaepernick saw the field for two drives against the Denver Broncos. His 37-yard deep for
Kaepernick finished the game 5-of-9 for 39 passing yards. San Francisco picked up five first downs with Kaepernick in the game and drove in Denver territory on both possessions, but the first offensive unit did not score any points.
"It's off right now," Harbaugh said of San Francisco's passing attack. "It's definitely off in little correctable ways. That's what I see."
In comparison, Peyton Manning completed 12-of-14 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown. Manning and Denver's first-team offense played into the second quarter. Under Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco usually limits its starters preseason playing time. This was the case again on Sunday.
New 49ers strong safety
The veteran safety was ruled out for the remainder of the game shortly after. Bethea hasn't missed a regular season game in six seasons. His health status for next Sunday's home game against the San Diego Chargers, the all-important regular season dress rehearsal, now comes into question.
Harbaugh said the team didn't officially know the "level" of Bethea's concussion.
Dawson Misses Two
The kicking confines of Levi’s® Stadium will definitely take some adjusting from Dawson. The veteran missed a few early field goal attempts at Candlestick Park in 2013, but he did rebound to make 88.9 percent of his kicks in his first season with the 49ers.
Did the change of scenery effect the veteran kicker?
"I don't know that," Harbaugh said.
Ward and Wilhoite Stay Active
First-round draft pick
Without Willis in the lineup,
For most of the '14 training camp, we've seen flashes of solid play from rookie cornerback
"In the games," Acker began,"it's a whole different situation. It's been great to really get my feet wet and get tried a few times by a couple different people and different receivers. Seeing I can play in this league is pretty nice for me. It's making me feel more comfortable every play."
Acker recorded a pass breakup on the goal line and later drew an offensive pass interference penalty on Broncos receiver Bennie Fowler. Acker later had an interception negated by an offsides penalty on rookie outside linebacker
"It felt good," Acker said of the near turnover. "Everybody did their job in the scheme part of it. The ball got tipped and I was in the right spot. It wasn't that much of what I did, it was more about everybody else being in the right place. I commend my teammates.
"I didn't know there was a penalty at first, so to see everybody get happy, it felt good to actually have the ball back in my hands."
The locker room is stunning.
Ellington Leads WRs Again
The fourth-round draft pick also leads San Francisco's wideouts for the entire preseason with seven catches for 59 receiving yards.
"Bruce is making plays," Kaepernick said. "He's making catches when he has the opportunity and he's trying to get yards after the catch. As a quarterback, that's something you like seeing."