SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason game against the Broncos. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box.
1:01 Michael Crabtree and Patrick Willis are in uniform.
1:06 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
1:08 Bruce Miller returns it 30 yards to the 49ers’ 35.
1:09 Crabtree starts and drops a short pass on first down.
1:10 Frank Gore gains nine yards up the middle on second down. On third-and-1 he bounces to the left and gains three yards. First-and-ten at the 47.
1:13 On third-and-four from the Broncos’ 37 the 49ers call their first timeout to avoid a Delay of Game penalty. Some things never change.
3:31 The Broncos go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 49ers’ one. Dysert hands off to Kapri Bibbs and Chase Thomas tackles him in the backfield for a one-yard loss.
2:05 Tank Carradine beats Ben Garland on third-and-11 and forces Brock Osweiler to check it down. The Broncos punt. 49ers’ ball at their 16.
1:18 Jimmie Ward gives up a 15-yard completion to Wes Wekler on third-and-eight.
1:15 Kaepernick overthrows Brandon Lloyd deep. Incomplete. Phil Dawson will attempt at 55-yard field goal.
1:16 Short and wide right. Broncos’ ball at their 45.
1:22 Peyton Manning misses Bubba Caldwell in the end zone on third-and-seven from the nine. Caldwell broke to the left and had Chris Culliver beat. The Broncos make the field goal. 3-0 Denver. The 49ers’ run defense did a good job stopping Ronnie Hillman on that drive, but the cornerbacks did not play well. Perrish Cox gave up a 20-yard catch to Demaryius Thomas on third-and-three.
1:26 Bruce Ellington returns the kickoff 24 yards to the 49ers’ 23.
1:26 Kaepernick still is in the game. Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are the wideouts.
1:33 Kaepernick’s pass bounces off of Stevie Johnson’s hands on third-and-nine from the Broncos’ 42. Andy Lee punts it into the end zone. Vance McDonald made a nice nine-yard catch on the drive.
1:39 The first quarter ends as the Broncos face second-and-seven from their 48. Ronnie Hillman has gained 14 yards on two carries this drive.
1:43 Antoine Bethea is down on the field. Jim Harbaugh and the trainers are crouching over Bethea.
1:44 Bethea walks off the field holding his helmet.
1:47 Manning throws a 17-yard TD pass to Julius Thomas who easily beat Craig Dahl down the middle of the field. 10-0 Broncos. The 49ers’ coverage and pass rush has been poor so far.
1:49 Bethea is walking to the locker room. It seems like he had a concussion.
1:50 Ellington breaks a tackle at the 20 and returns the punt to the 49ers’ 33.
1:51 Blaine Gabbert is now the QB.
1:56 Bethea has a concussion and will not return today.
2:00 Gabbert flips a short pass way high to Jewel Hampton on third-and-ten. The pass tips off Hampton’s hands and almost is intercepted. Phil Dawson misses the 44-yard field goal attempt wide right. He’s 0-for-2 in this game. Still 10-0 Broncos. Gabbert completed three passes for seven yards on that drive.
2:09 Gabbert’s first pass attempt on Drive No.2 gets batted at the line of scrimmage and almost picked off. The Broncos believe they did pick it off and are challenging the play. The defender may have made a one-handed catch.
2:11 The refs confirm their original ruling — incomplete pass. Second-and-10.
2:12 The 49ers go three-and-out. Gabbert throws a four-yard pass to Derek Carrier on third-and-10. You’ve got to be kidding me. Norwood returns the punt to the Broncos’ 37.
2:15 It’s the two minute warning. C.J. Anderson just juked Michael Wilhoite and picked up four yards on third-and-two. First-and-10 at the Broncos’ 49.
2:19 Anderson gains 18 yards on back to back to back carries and then Osweiler completes a 20-yard pass to Jacob Tamme. First-and-10 at the 13.
2:22 Wilhoite is flagged for holding on second-and-10 making it first-and-goal from the eight.
2:23 The 49ers blitz up the middle on first down and Osweiler completes a quick pass to Tamme for seven yards. Anderson runs up the middle for a touchdown on the next play. 17-0 Broncos at halftime.
2:33 Kaepernick’s passer rating was 66.4. Manning’s rating was 120.8.
2:41 The opening kickoff of the second half is a touchback. Broncos start at their 20.
2:46 The Broncos’ drive ends at midfield. Darryl Morris gave up a 16-yard catch to Greg Wilson on third-and-nine a few plays earlier. The Broncos punt and Perrish Cox makes the fair catch at the 49ers’ 11.
2:49 More Gabbert.
2:56 Gabbert throws deep for Quinton Patton and gets picked off by Tony Carter. Gabbert gets himself into trouble when he throws more than three yards downfield.
2:58 Next play, Osweiler completes a 33-yard deep pass to Cody Latimer down the right sideline. Dontae Johnson got beat. He slowed down when he turned his head to find the ball. 24-0 Broncos. The 49ers have not played this poorly during the preseason under Harbaugh.
3:02 Patton returns the kickoff to the 49ers’ 39 and it’s Josh Johnson time.
3:06 Johnson trips and falls while dropping back. He gets up and fumbles, but he may have been down. It’s being reviewed. Good start for Johnson!
3:08 The ruling stands. Broncos’ ball at the 49ers’ 39. Zac Dysert is the QB.
3:12 About half of the crowd left at halftime. It looks like a Raiders game.
3:18 Kenneth Acker intercepts Zac Dysert at the goal line but Aaron Lynch was offside. First-and-goal for the Broncos at the 49ers’ 6. Good drive for Acker so far. He made a tackle, broke up a pass and drew an offensive pass interference penalty in the end zone.
3:21 The third quarter ends. The Broncos face third-and-goal from the two when the fourth quarter begins.
3:24 Cameron Morrah gets flagged for offensive pass interference on third-and-goal. Dysert scrambled for four yards on the next play. Mitch Ewald makes the 22-yard field goal. 27-0 Broncos.
3:28 David Reed fumbles the kickoff return at the 49ers’ 10 yard line and the Broncos recover.
3:41 Josh Johnson holds the ball for too long on third-and-three and he gets sacked. Johnson completed two passes for ten yards on that drive. After the punt, the Broncos have the ball at their 21.
3:46 Bibbs runs through an enormous hole and gains 11 yards before Dontae Johnson and Bubba Ventrone tackle him. D.J. Campbell is down on the field.
3:50 Heading down to the locker room, back at you later.