This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason game against the Denver Broncos. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
4:24 These players will not play tonight: CB Tramaine Brock, Vance McDonald, LB Philip Wheeler and LB Desmond Bishop.
4:58 The Cowboys’, Bills’ and Giants’ starting offenses each scored a touchdown today. The Niners now are one of nine teams whose starting offenses haven’t scored a touchdown this preseason.
5:40 Without Tramaine Brock, who will be the 49ers’ No. 1 cornerback? Kenneth Acker? San Francisco cannot afford Brock to miss any time during the regular season.
6:02 Tim Ryan expects Colin Kaepernick “to play a quarter-and-a-half of football.”
6:02 Tim Ryan says the 49ers’ passing game “hasn’t gotten a chance to get gelled up,” and expects maximum gellage tonight.
6:05 The Broncos get the ball first.
6:07 Peyton Manning targets the 49ers’ inside linebackers on first and second down and completes two four-yard passes.
6:08 The starting cornerbacks are Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser.
6:09 Jim Tomsula challenges the catch on second down, and the official confirms his initial ruling of a completed catch.
6:10 Eric Reid reads Manning’s eyes and breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Cody Lattimer on third-and-2.
6:16 On second-and-3, Geep Chryst calls a play-action pass in which Garrett Celek is responsible for blocking Von Miller. Millers sacks Kaepernick for a 10-yard loss. Terrible play desigm.
6:25 Dontae Johnson breaks up an underthrown fade pass to Demaryius Thomas on third-and-14 from the 49ers’ 19-yard line. The Broncos kick a field goal and take a 3-0 lead.
6:27 NaVorro Bowman sacked Manning twice on that drive by blitzing right up the middle. He may be the 49ers’ best pass rusher.
6:28 The Broncos averaged five yards per carry on that drive.
6:34 Joe Staley commits a holding penalty on second down and the 49ers go three-and-out. Kaepernick has dropped back three times, gotten sacked once, fumbled once and grounded a screen pass.
6:39 Broncos running back C.J. Anderson gains nine yards up the middle on first down.
6:40 End of the first quarter.
6:43 Eric Reid blitzes on second down, Corey Lemonier rushes unblocked and sacks Manning. The Broncos punt two plays later and pin the 49ers at their 3-yard line.
6:46 Chryst calls a play-action pass on first-and-10 from the 3, Erik Pears and Ian Silberman get beat immediately and Kaepernick gets sacked. Absurd play call. If you’re going to call a pass in that situation, the ball has to come out of Kaepernick’s hands quickly. That play took way too long to develop. 5-0 Broncos.
6:49 Omar Bolden returns the free kick to the 49ers’ 48.
6:53 Kenneth Acker intercepts Peyton Manning in the end zone on second-and-five from the 24. The pass was intended for Demaryius Thomas.
6:57 Colin Kaepernick throws the ball away on third-and-five. He still hasn’t completed a pass.
6:59 Pears and Silberman seemed to give up pressure on that third down.
7:06, Peyton Manning converts third down No. 2, and Dontae Johnson is down on the field. Antoine Bethea ran into him.
7:14 Kenneth Acker breaks up a pass intended for Cody Lattimer on first-and-goal from the 2. Owen Daniels was wide open. The Broncos kick a field goal, and the score is 8-0.
7:25 Anquan Boldin is flagged 13 yards for a cheap shot on Omar Bolden on third-and-8-from the Broncos’ 14.
7:26 Phil Dawson makes a 41-yard field goal. 8-3 Niners. The first-team offense still hasn’t scored a touchdown in the preseason, and Kaepernick has completed four passes in three games. He had a couple of nice runs on that drive, though.
7:29 End of the second quarter. The 49ers have to play the starting offense in the third quarter, right?
7:31 The starting defense gave up 69 rushing yards in the first half.
7:37 Explain again why the Niners didn’t sign free-agent guard Evan Mathis?
7:42 Blaine Gabbert in the game. Wow. The Niners aren’t even trying to get their passing game in sync.
7:44 Kaepernick leaves the game with zero net passing yards.
7:46 The Niners go three-and-out after three-straight runs go nowhere.
7:54 The Broncos miss a 55-yard field goal.
8:00 Blaine Gabbert fumbles a high snap, recovers the ball and takes a sack. Then Corey Acosta makes a 51-yard field goal. 8-6 Broncos.
8:07 Mike Purcell gets held on second down, and the Broncos go three-and-out. Jarryd Hayne returns the punt 12 yards.
8:13 Bruce Ellington gets tackled short of a first down on third down, and Corey Acosta makes another field goal. 10-8 Niners. Blaine Gabbert seems more comfortable than Kaepernick at running Chryt’s offense.
8:18 End of the third quarter.
8:26 The Broncos make a field goal and retake the lead 11-10.
8:44 Gabbert leads another field-goal drive. 12-11 Niners. Scintillating competition.
8:51 Denver scores a touchdown and a two-point conversion, and lead 19-12. What a weird score.
9:03 49ers lose 19-12. Stay tunes for grades.