Random thought with which to begin the second half … I miss the Old West saloon-style font that the 49ers once used to display their nickname in the end zones here at Monster Park. The way “49ers” is written now is a little too generic and just a smidgen too close to their disastrous experiment at changing the logo back in 1992. This was so bad, it lasted only a day. If it’s going to be “Bill Walsh Field,” I say make the thing look the way it did when he was coaching — minus the baseball infield, of course, which would nowadays be superfluous with the Giants at AT&T Park a few miles to the north.
6:53 P.M. PDT: As Bart Simpson once said, “Time for chili.” Meanwhile, the second half is underwary and Shaun Hill just kept the Broncos from a half-opening three-and-out stop with a 19-yard scramble into the open field.
6:57 P.M. PDT: Forty Niners back in scoring range again, although Kenard Lang and Alvin McKinley just forced the Niners into a fourth-and-1 … from which they got nowhere after Nate Webster helped collapse the blocking, stopping Arkee Whitlock in the backfield and ending the 49ers’ threat at the Denver 29.
6:58 P.M. PDT: Three players in the starting lineup are in the game as the Broncos open the second half — tight end Nate Jackson, wide receiver Domenik Hixon and tackle Erik Pears. Patrick Ramsey remains at quarterback.
7:00 P.M. PDT: Denver’s wide receivers still looking for their first reception since Javon Walker’s first-drive catch.
7:01 P.M. PDT: And just as I type that, Ramsey finds Quincy Morgan for 15 yards and a first down, moving Denver to midfield.
7:02 P.M. PDT: By the way, props to the Monster Park commissary on the chili … but Ramsey did not look as good as the chili tasted there; his deep pass for Hixon — who was surrounded by three defenders — fell incomplete.
7:03 P.M. PDT: I need to write negative more often, because the Broncos seem to respond to it. On the next play, Ramsey found Hixon for 21 yards and the first down.
7:04 P.M. PDT: And now the trickery (not “trickeration,” because that isn’t a word) — a playaction fake, an end-around to Brian Clark, and the Broncos are at the 49ers’ 16 on what is their best-looking drive since the first quarter.
7:06 P.M. PDT: It’s Brandon Pace’s turn to kick, and his 25-yard field-goal attempt pushes Denver’s lead back to 17-13. Twelve plays, 63 yards and a pair of third-down conversions via the air … a solid effort, and one that put some pop back in the passing game after a fairly quiet opening half.
7:13 P.M. PDT: Ashley Lelie lives! In that No. 18 jersey, I didn’t recognize the lad.
7:14 P.M. PDT: Louis Green with an outstanding tackle in the backfield on Thomas Clayton, forcing the Niners to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Denver 29-yard-line. And their second fourth-down attempt of the game is … successful, on a 3-yard pass from Hill to Brandon Williams.
7:16 P.M. PDT: Hill to Lelie, 20 yards, and the 49ers are in goal-to-go at the end of the quarter. On to the fourth, as darkness begins to encroach upon Monster Park.
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