49ers stall in Denver, drop preseason game to Broncos
Peyton Manning was slinging the ball for Denver, but had difficulty capping off drives with touchdowns. He tossed a couple ducks versus the San Francisco defense, one of which was picked off by cornerback Kenneth Acker in the end zone.
Tailback Reggie Bush made his debut with the 49ers, carrying the ball on offense and getting work as a punt returner.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not afforded much time or breathing room by his offensive line Saturday, as he was sacked twice for minus-13 yards, once for a safety. The Niners' passer started 0-for-3 in the first half, rarely able to get a pass off before the rush got to him. He completed his first pass 12 seconds before halftime.
49ers cornerback Kenneth Acker picked off a Peyton Manning pass in the end zone intended for Denver wideout Demaryius Thomas.
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus did the scoring for Denver early, knocking in two field goals to help give his squad a 8-0 lead over San Francisco.
Colin Kaepernick finished 2-of-5 for 13 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was done at the half, walking away with a 47.9 rating. Kap was sacked twice by the Denver defense. He did run three times for 53 yards, however, with a long run of 34 yards.
49ers All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman built on his debut last week with another outstanding performance Saturday. He finished the game with nine tackles, including two quarterback hits and two sacks of Denver passer Peyton Manning.
49ers placekickers Phil Dawson and Corey Acosta knocked down three field goals to take a 9-8 lead over Denver.
Retaking the lead
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus put up another field goal to give Denver the lead back, 11-9, over the 49ers.
49ers kicker Corey Acosta nailed another field goal in the fourth quarter, giving San Francisco a 12-11 lead over Denver.
Broncos finish it
The Broncos pieced together a drive at the end, resulting in the first touchdown of the game. Denver would walk away with a 19-12 victory over the visiting 49ers.