Q3 15:00: Matt Prater opens the third quarter with a kickoff fielded by Ted Ginn at the goalline. Ginn is tackled by Kyle McCarthy at the 22-yard line.
Q3 14:00: Two carries by Frank Gore and the 49ers face a third-and-1 at the 32-yard line. Gore picks it up with a gain of two. First-and-ten at the 34-yard line and the 49ers call a timeout.
Q3 12:50: Quick first down by the 49ers and they have the ball at their 46-yard line. On first down, Gore takes it outside and cuts it back inside for a 5-yard gain. Second-and-five, D.J. Williams blows up the block attempt by Moran Norris and stops Gore for a two-yard loss. Third-and-seven and San Francisco calls another timeout. Their second on this drive.
Q3 11:01: Third-and-seven at the 49ers 49-yard line, Smith in the gun and Gore to his right, gives it to Gore but he is stopped by D.J. Williams and Jason Hunter for a 2-yard gain. 49ers to punt. Eddie Royal calls for a fair catch and the Broncos will start their first possession of the second half at their 11-yard line.
Q3 10:24: A short gain by Knowshon Moreno and a quick pass from Kyle Orton to Jabar Gaffney and the Broncos have a third-and-six. Orton sets the protection, alludes the rush and picks up the first down on his feet. Flag on the play, illegal contact on the defense. The penalty is added to the end of the run, first-and-ten at the 28-yard line.
Q3 8:45: On first down, Orton fakes the pitch and looks deep. He has Brandon Lloyd who is brought down at the 49ers 1-yard line. Tim Tebow in, takes the ball in the gun and scores a one-yard touchdown. Matt Prater is on for the extra point and it is good. Broncos take the lead.
BRONCOS 7, 49ERS 3; 8:08 Q3
Q3 8:08: Tonight’s attendance is announced as 83,941 and I think all of them were doing the wave just before the Broncos touchdown. Prater kicks off to Ginn who fields the ball at the 3-yard line, brings it to the 22-yard line where he is met by Joe Mays.
First down 49ers at their 22-yard line. Troy Smith drops to pass, is pressured and dumps the ball to Gore who picks up seven. Brian Westbrook spells Gore on second down and he picks up two. Third-and-1, Smith rolls and hits Josh Morgan for a first down and big gain. 30 yards on the pass and catch and the 49ers are on the Broncos side of the field.
Q3 4:23: After a short run by Gore and a three-yard scramble by Smith and it is third-and-6. Brian Dawkins puts the heat on Smith and the pass falls incomplete. Joe Nedney will come out to attempt a 52-yard field goal. No good. Broncos ball at their 42-yard line.
Q3 4:20: First down, pitch to Moreno who collides with Patrick Willis for a 2-yard gain. Play action on second down, but Lloyd can’t hang on to the short pass bringing up third-and-8. 49ers pressure Orton and he is hit hard but is able to get the pass off. Manny Lawson put his helmet right into Orton’s chest. Orton is slow to get up, but makes his way off the field. Colquitt is on to punt. He kicks it high and Ginn calls for the fair catch. Flag on the field, holding on the 49ers and that will push them back to the 6-yard line.
Q3 3:00: On first down, Gore pushes the pile for a short gain of two and then gets the ball to the 15 for third-and-one. Gore is stuffed on third down for no gain or maybe even a loss and out comes the 49ers punt unit. Royal weaves the way outside the 40-yard line.
First down at the Broncos 42-yard line with Orton in the game despite the big hit on the last series. Before the ball is snapped, Daniel Graham is flagged for a false start. First-and-15, play action and Orton hits Lloyd across mid-field. Gain of 25 on the reception. First-and-ten at the 49ers 35. Flea-flicker, Orton has Gaffney for the touchdown. But hold everything, Moreno is flagged for a chop block nullifying the TD. First-and-25 now, and Buckhalter takes the screen for an 8-yard gain. That will be the end of the third quarter. Broncos with the ball at the 49ers 45-yard line second-and-17.
Q4 15:00: Starting the final quarter of action in London. To say the Broncos bench was unhappy about the chop block call would be an understatement. Anyway, second down Orton hits Demaryius Thomas on the bubble screen and the rookie gets a 31-yard gain. First-and-10 at the 49ers 14.
Q4 14:22: Two incompletions and the Broncos are facing a third-and-10. Orton looks for Lloyd but it was over his head. Looks like Orton thought Lloyd was interfered with. Prater on for the field goal. The 33-yard attempt is good.
BRONCOS 10, 49ERS 3; 14:13 Q4
During the TV timeouts, the video boards are showing highlights of games around the NFL. Without question, the loudest applause comes when the Jaguars-Cowboys highlights are being played. Well based on the score, looks like the highlights are only coming from the Jags. But anyway, looks like the English crowd enjoys seeing the Cowboys getting beat.
Q4 14:00: Nice return by Ginn has the 49ers at the 44-yard line. Holding will push them back 10-yards. First-and-20, Smith looks but can’t connect with his tight end Walker bringing up second-and-20. Smith in the gun, rifles one to the tight end for a first down but there is a flag. Broncos had too many men on the field and the 27-yard completion stands.
First-and-10 at the Broncos 39. Smith is pressured and throws a jump ball that Walker comes down with at the 1-yard line. Brian Dawkins was on Walker and said he was pushed. First-and-goal, the give is to Gore who gets back to the line of scrimmage. Second-and-goal, Smith will keep it and score. Nedney’s extra point is good, and we have a tie game.
BRONCOS 10, 49ERS 10; 11:51 Q4
Q4 11:51: Thomas is back deep for the Broncos and takes the ball at the goal line, he manages to maneuver his way to the 20-yard line where the Broncos will take over.
First-and-10, and a false start on Chris Kuper pushes the offense back 5-yards. Orton hits Royal on the bubble screen and Royal picks up 10. Second-and-5, and Tebow is in. The rookie ducks his head but can only get back to the line of scrimmage. Third-and-5, Orton under center hits Moreno for no gain and the Broncos will be forced to punt.
Q4 9:45: Moreno was able to pick up 2-yard on the reception, but still not enough for the first down. Colquitt out to punt and he didn’t catch that cleanly and the ball takes an awful bounce for the Broncos. Finally the ball is downed at the Broncos’ 48. Only a 21-yard punt.
Q4 9:34: Not much room for Gore on first down as he picks up two yards. But on second down, Smith hits Michael Crabtree for 15 yards and a first down.
Smith drops back on first down and hits Crabtree, he avoids Goodman and walks in for the 28-yard touchdown. 49ers take the lead.
49ERS 17, BRONCOS 10; 7:23 Q4.
Q4 7:18: Short return by Thomas and the Broncos take over at the 18-yard line. Orton scrambles to avoid the rush and is stripped of the ball. 49ers recover the ball, and have it deep in Broncos territory. Manny Lawson forced the fumble and Takeo Spikes recovers.
Q4 6:32: Two plays and the 49ers have the ball at the Broncos 8-yard line, third-and-1. Gore picks up the first down and it is first-and-goal at the five. 3-yard gain by Gore and the 49ers bring in their heavy package for second-and-goal. They hand the ball to Norris, but he is stuffed by Joe Mays for a loss of one. Timeout Broncos.
Q4 3:53: Third-and-goal, and Gore fights and sneaks his way in the endzone. 49ers take a two score lead.
49ERS 24, BRONCOS 10; 3:47 Q4
Q4 3:53: First-and-10 and Orton hits Royal who looks like he has the first down. Broncos are in the hurry-up. Orton hits Gronkowski for another first down. Broncos have the ball at the 45, Orton hits Royal who gets the first down and gets out of bounds.
Q4 2:55: First down, Orton finds Lloyd down the sideline for a big gain. 49ers throw out the red flag saying Lloyd wasn’t inbounds when he made the catch. Referee Scott Green confirms the ruling on the field of a catch good for 29 yards.
Broncos at the 49ers 15-yard line, are called for a false start by Gronkowski pushing them back to the 20. Orton finds Gaffney, who reaches for the goal line but is just short. The Broncos hurry to the line, but there is an injured 49er.
Q4 2:29: Orton on first-and-goal hits Brandon Lloyd for the touchdown. Extra point is blocked and no good. Broncos down by eight.
49ERS 24 – BRONCOS 16; 2:19 Q4
Q4 2:14: Broncos choose to kickoff rather than on onside kick with the two-minute warning and two timeouts left. 49ers start at their 13-yard line. Four yards on first down and maybe two on second down and the 49ers have third-and-4 after the two-minute warning.
Q4 2:00: Third-and-4, the Broncos stop Dixon short of the first down and call their final timeout. Eddie Royal is deep for the punt of Andy Lee.
Q4 1:54: Eddie Royal takes the punt for a touchdown but it will be coming back as Jarvis Moss will be flagged for an illegal block in the back. Broncos ball at the 19-yard line. Almost 20 seconds elapsed with the penalty.
Orton hits Gronkowski on first down and then is sacked on second down, but looks like he was taken down by the helmet again. Indeed, 15-yard penalty and a first down.
Q4 1:09: Ball at the 36-yard line, Orton looks for Lloyd down the field and a nice play by Lloyd to knock the ball away from the defender. Second-and-10, Orton hits Lloyd across midfield.
First-and-10 at the 49ers 45-yard line and Orton spikes the ball to stop the clock with 0:45 left in the game. Second down, Orton in the gun with Gronkowski and Buckhalter in the backfield. Orton looks for Gaffney but Gaffney keeps running and the ball is picked. 49ers take over and will run out the clock for the victory.
Broncos fall to 2-6 and will travel back to Colorado tomorrow morning and will have a bye next week.
- Kyle Sonneman