15:00: Kenny McKinley returns the kickoff to start the second half, taking it 24 yards out to the 39-yard line.
14:10: Chris Simms is in at quarterback, and Peyton Hillis takes the carry on first down, picking up three yards. The offensive line consists of Tyler Polumbus, Matt McChesney, Kory Lichtensteiger, Seth Olsen and Brandon Gorin. Richard Quinn is in at tight end, and Brandon Lloyd, Chad Jackson and Nate Swift at receiver. Hillis is in the backfield.
14:07: After a San Francisco timeout, it’s 2nd-and-7 for Denver at its own 42-yard line. Hillis takes the carry up the middle of the line and powers his way for close to a first down. It’s marked just short, setting up a 3rd-and-1.
13:30: With Spencer Larsen leading the way at fullback, Hillis takes the carry up the right side of the line for a four-yard gain and a first down.
12:50: Simms takes the snap, fakes a handoff to Hillis and gets the ball to Jeb Putzier on the other sideline. The tight end picks up nine yards to set up 2nd-and-1.
12:00: Hillis takes a handoff and finds the corner up the right sideline, stiff-arming a defender on the way to a 12-yard gain and a first down.
11:35: On 1st-and-10, Hillis takes another handoff and picks up five more yards. Now it’s 2nd-and-5, and the San Francisco defense makes some substitutions. The ball is at the San Francisco 22-yard line. Simms is in the shotgun. He hands the ball off to Darius Walker, who finds a hole up the middle of the line and carries it forward for the first down.
10:10: Walker takes the handoff on the following first-down play, making a couple moves and picking up a quick three yards. On 2nd-and-7, Hillis is back in at tailback. Simms takes the snap in the shotgun, fakes the handoff to Hillis then throws it to Lloyd on a bubble screen. He bobbles the pass, however, and it falls to the ground to set up 3rd-and-7 for the Broncos from the 14-yard line.
9:23: Simms is in the shotgun as the crowd gets loud. He drops back and finds Swift down the middle of the field, and the rookie takes it inside the 5 all the way to the 3-yard line.
8:40: False start is called on the offense, making it 1st-and-goal from the 8-yard line.
8:39: Hillis takes the carry on first down and picks up two yards. It’s 2nd-and-goal from the 6, and Simms is in the shotgun. He takes the snap, has plenty of time and finds Putzier for a touchdown, much to the chagrin of the now booing San Francisco crowd. Matt Prater is in for the extra point, and he knocks it through. The score brings Denver back to within two of the 49ers, 9-7.
7:31: A penalty on the defense during the successful extra point means five yards will be tacked on to the kickoff. Prater is now kicking from the 35-yard line.
7:30: Michael Spurlock takes a knee at the back of the end zone after fielding Prater’s kick. The 49ers have a first down at their own 20 after the touchback.
7:25: The 49ers break the huddle then run back into the huddle in an odd sequence that causes them to narrowly avoid a delay of game penalty. Andra Davis makes the tackle for no gain.
6:45: On the next play, Jack Williams makes the tackle to set up a third-and-9 for San Francisco. Damon Huard is in at quarterback, and he finds Spurlock for the first down.
5:25: Darrell Reid makes the tackle on first down to set up 2nd-and-7 for the 49ers from their own 38. Huard takes the snap and finds Spurlock for a bubble screen. He picks up the first down before being tackled by Spencer Larsen.
4:30: Chris Baker bursts through the middle of the line to take down Huard for the defense’s fourth sack of the night and 8-yard loss. Baker gives a litttle shimmy afterward.
3:40: Reid makes the tackle on second down to set up a 3rd-and-12 for the Niners from their own 46-yard line. Huard is in the shotgun. He takes the snap, drops back and is almost sacked before firing the ball downfield. It looked like Wesley Woodyard had a chance to leap and grab an interception, but it goes just over his hands. The pass bounces off the hands of the receiver, however, and Joshua Bell bats it away to the ground to ensure the incompletion.
2:52: Penalties on both the offense and defense offset, and Andy Lee is out to punt for the second play in a row. McKinley fields the punt, turns to his right and is surrounded, so he turns back to his left then sprints directly upfield and picks up whatever yards he can before he’s taken down. It ends up being a five-yard gain, and the Broncos have a first down from their own 23-yard line.
2:40: Simms is in the shotgun. He’s drilled as he lets loose a pass aimed at Swift. There’s a flag on the play in the defensive secondary. Prior to the pass, illegal contact on cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels. That makes it a 1st-and-10 for Denver from its own 28-yard line.
2:36: On first down, Hillis takes the handoff and stays on his feet as long as possible, bouncing off defenders, but eventually being taken down by what looked like the entire 49ers defense for a loss of one.
1:55: Hillis takes a quick screen on 2nd-and-11, picking up five yards. On 3rd-and-6, Simms is in the shotgun. He fires a pass to the left sideline and connects with Brandon Lloyd for a gain of 17 yards and a first down.
0:19: Simms tries to find Chad Jackson deep down the field to about the 10-yard line, but the defender was in tight coverage and the pass falls incomplete. On 2nd-and-10, Hillis finds a lot of space to the left of the line, picking up a first down.
0:00: At the end of the third quarter, the 49ers lead the Broncos, 9-7. Denver has a 1st-and-10 from the San Francisco 37-yard line when the fourth quarter begins.
START OF 4TH QUARTER: On first down, Simms finds Lloyd out of the shotgun for a 25-yard gain down to the 14-yard line. Hillis takes the hand off on the ensuing first down and picks up two yards. On second down, he takes a late handoff on a draw, making one tackler miss before being taken down to set up 3rd-and-6.
13:05: With the crowd as loud as it’s been, Simms buys some time, avoids the rush and throws the ball out of the back of the end zone to avoid a sack. It’s 4th-and-6 on the 8-yard line, and Prater is in to kick. Kern is there with the hold. The 26-yard field goal is up and through the uprights, and Denver now leads the 49ers, 10-9.
12:51: The last drive was 10 plays for 69 yards and took up 4:49 on the clock. Now Prater is out to kick off on the other side of the commercial break. The 49ers mascot is dancing to “Thriller” with a cheerleader during the TV timeout.
12:45: Tony Carter makes the special teams stop on Michael Spurlock inside the 20, giving the 49ers a first down from their own 18.
12:44: On first down there’s a fumble, and Chris Baker is signaling that the Broncos have it. San Francisco retains possession, however, and it’s second-and-7 for the 49ers. Huard drops back on the next play and launches the ball downfield for Spurlock. Alphonso Smith is there in coverage, and dives to knock the ball away at the last minute — showing some of those ball skills he honed at Wake Forest.
11:56: San Francisco picks up a first down at the 30-yard line after a nine-yard completion. On first down, Huard drops back and finds Thomas Clayton in the middle of the field for another first down.
10:35: Huard takes the snap on first down and hands off to Clayton, who is brought down by a big tackle by Wesley Woodyard. Clayton is down after the play.
10:25: Woodyard goes over to talk to Clayton as the running back is carted off the field. Alphonso Smith goes over as well to give him a pat on the helmet.
9:25: On 3rd-and-8 from their own 43, the 49ers pick up another first down on a complete pass from Huard to Jason Hill.
8:35: Marcus Thomas makes the tackle on Kory Sheets after a gain of three yards on first down. It’s 2nd-and-7 for the 49ers, and it looks like it was a defensive miscue, as fullback Brit Miller catches a pass wide open to the right of the field and on takes it all the way down the sideline into the end zone. Before the extra point, Denver calls a timeout.
7:55: San Francisco is going for two. It’s a fake handoff, and Huard lofts a pass to tight end Bear Pascoe for the successful two-point conversion. San Francisco retakes the lead over the Broncos, 17-10.
7:48: McKinley returns the kickoff to the 21-yard line, and Simms trots back out to the line with the offense. Quinn goes in motion and Walker takes the handoff, picking up two yards.
7:00: On 2nd-and-8, Simms takse the snap in the shotgun and finds McKinley. The rookie makes his defender miss, juking around him before turning upfield for a gain of 18 yards.
6:35: On first down, Walker takes the handoff right up the middle of the line, picking up nine yards.
5:50: On 2nd-and-1, Simms fakes a handoff, avoids the rush and quickly finds Walker for the drop off, but he’s brought down just before the first down. It’s third-and-1 — but it looks like they’re calling out the chain gang for a measurement. The verdict — it’s a Broncos first down.
5:10: Simms launches a pass downfield in Matthew Willis’ direction, but he’s double-covered, and the pass goes over his head out of bounds.
5:04: On 2nd-and-10, amidst chants of “defense!” Simms drops back, avoids pressure and gets the ball to Walker. He’s taken down immediately, but there’s a flag on the play. It’s a penalty on the offense — ineligible man downfield. But the penalty is declined, and it’s 3rd-and-12.
4:57: The offense breaks its huddle and walks up to the line. The crowd is getting loud, and Simms is in the shotgun. He takes the snap, steps up in the pocket and finds McKinley. It looked like he had the first down in his hands, but a big hit knocked the ball out and brought a fourth down.
4:41: Britton Colquitt is in to punt. He booms it and the special teams unit is there to down the punt at the 5-yard line.
4:40: On first down, Nate Davis is in at quarterback for the 49ers. He hands the ball off to Kory Sheets, and he’s immediately met in the backfield by Lee Robinson for no gain.
4:00: On 2nd-and-10, it’s another handoff, and Sheets finds some space up the middle, gaining nine yards before being brought down by Jarvis Moss.
3:24: Denver takes its second timeout. On 3rd-and-1, Spencer Larsen makes a huge hit behind the line of scrimmage to drop the runner for a loss of a yard. It’s now 4th-and-2, and Andy Lee is in to punt with McKinley back deep to receive.
2:31: McKinley takes the ball up to the Denver 47 on the return. On first down, Simms tosses a quick bubble screen but McKinley slips as he makes the turn upfield, picking up just a yard. After an incomplete pass on second down, it’s 3rd-and-9 for the Broncos from the Denver 48-yard line. Simms buys all the time in the world and launches the ball downfield to a wide-open McKinley, who had beaten his man, and the rookie scores the touchdown.
1:52: The offense is still on the field, and it looks like they’ll be going for two to take the lead with under two minutes to go in the game. With the crowd loud, Simms takes the snap in the shotgun, buys some time and tries to find McKinley in the back of the end zone — but the pass is intercepted.
TWO MINUTE WARNING: At the two-minute warning, the score brings the Broncos within one, but the 49ers still lead, 17-16.
1:51: Looks like the team is going for an onside kick. It’s recovered by the 49ers, however.
1:50: Nate Davis takes the snap behind center and hands off to Kory Sheets, who turns the corner on the left side and takes the ball down to the 17-yard line after a 25-yard gain.
1:44: Sheets is met by a group of Broncos defenders, led by Larsen, after a pickup of one yard. Denver takes its final timeout of the game.
1:37: Davis hands off to Sheets, and he’s taken down immediately in the backfield by a diving Chris Baker. It’s a loss of two yards.
0:49: On 3rd-and-11, Sheets takes a handoff for no gain — he’s brought down by Tim Crowder. It’s 4th-and-18, but the clock is still running.
0:03: On fourth down, Sheets takes a carry and is brought down after a gain of 13 yards. It ends the game.
0:00: The Broncos fall to the 49ers in their first preseason game, 17-16. We’ll have more from the game in the coming hours.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com