Notes from the fourth quarter (wholly unoriginal opening, I know) …
7:19 P.M. PDT: Two passes, two incompletions as the 49ers attempt to turn first-and-goal into their first touchdown since the first quarter. (That’s a lot of firsts.)
7:20 P.M. PDT: If at first you don’t succeed … after Steve Cargile was denied a goal-line interception on a tipped ball in the second quarter, he got an errant end-zone pass in the fourth.
7:23 P.M. PDT: Three-and-out for the Broncos, but Todd Sauerbrun got off his best punt of the night, covering a net of 43 yards.
7:31 P.M. PDT: On the field … Kenny Peterson treated before leaving the field, and the Broncos finally force a second-half punt, stopping the Niners at the Denver 45-yard-line with 11:26 remaining in regulation. We also have a Darrell Hackney sighting; he takes over at quarterback.
7:41 P.M. MDT: The game is stabilizing, and if Lindsey Nelson were alive and here, he would intone, “After an exchange of punts, we move ahead to further action …”
7:47 P.M. MDT: A couple of first downs — one via a Cecil Sapp run, one thanks to a pass interference — and the Broncos are doing what they most need to do now — drain some clock.
7:54 P.M. MDT: … but did the Broncos leave just enough time for the Niners to score? Shaun Hill has them just past the Denver 40 before the two-minute warning.
8:03 P.M. MDT: Louis Green is listed as a starter. He’s out there with the third team. But his end-zone deflection of Shaun Hill’s past was a first-team play, and now the Broncos just have to run out the clock to pull out a preseason-opening win.
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