Running back Lance Ball suffered a chest injury and is out for the game.
This blog will be updated with any more news on injuries.
A Caleb Hanie interception set the 49ers up inside the red zone, but the Broncos defense stopped running back Anthony Dixon for short gains on first and second down, and then an incomplete pass brought out San Francisco’s field goal unit. Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard made the two tackles on the running plays.
David Akers converted the 33-yard field goal to cut the Broncos lead to 17-10 in the second quarter.
The Broncos made it 17-0 as Peyton Manning and Eric Decker connected on their second touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The drive started in San Francisco territory after Wesley Woodyard recovered a fumble on the 25-yard line. Willis McGahee ran it twice to pick up 12 yards and then Manning hit Brandon Stokley for 7 yards to get down to the 5-yard line. That set up the Manning-to-Decker 5-yard touchdown.
The Broncos then attempted an onside kick and recovered it, but a penalty gave San Francisco possession at the Denver 44-yard line. On the 49ers’ first play of the drive, quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Vernon Davis for a 44-yard touchdown, making the score 17-7.
Through three drives, Manning is 10-of-12 passing for 122 yards, two touchdowns and a 148.6 rating. Caleb Hanie checks in for him as the Broncos take over the ball.
Denver extended its first-quarter lead to 10-0 with Manning’s first touchdown pass as a Bronco – a 10-yard completion to wideout Eric Decker.
The touchdown drive began on Denver’s 17-yard line, following a San Francisco punt on its first possession. Willis McGahee was hit in the backfield on the offense’s first play for a loss of five, but
Manning got the offense moving with completions of 9 and 8 yards to Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Stokley, respectively. Stokley’s catch was a one-handed grab in the middle of the field that he tipped to himself before gaining possession.
A 38-yard catch-and-run from running back Lance Ball got Denver to the 49ers’ 26-yard line. On the next play, Manning hit McGahee for 14 yards, who then ran for a small gain before Decker’s touchdown.
Manning finished the drive 6-of-6 for 83 yards. It took nine plays and 4:55.
The Broncos opened the game with an eight-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 53-yard Matt Prater field goal.
Quarterback Peyton Manning opened up the game with an 11-yard completion to tight end Joel Dreessen on the first play from scrimmage. Running back Willis McGahee picked up the next first down with a 12-yard rush.
The biggest gain of the drive — which lasted 3:00 — was a 16-yard completion from Manning to wideout Demaryius Thomas, moving the Broncos into 49er territory.
The captains for the Broncos this afternoon are defensive tackle Justin Bannan, wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Matthew Willis, cornerback Tracy Porter, safety David Bruton and center J.D. Walton.
The 49ers chose heads, won the toss, and chose to defer. The Broncos offense takes the field with the following starters:
On the offensive line, from left to right: Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Manny Ramirez, and Orlando Franklin. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are the starting wide receivers with Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme as the tight ends. Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback and Willis McGahee is the starting running back.
Following the field goal, the defense comes out on the field. Elvis Dumervil and Derek Wolfe start at the ends with Ty Warren and Justin Bannan in the middle. Wesley Woodyard, Joe Mays, and Von Miller are the starting linebackers. In the secondary, Rahim Moore and Mike Adams are the safeties with Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter at the corners.
Though there are no official inactives for preseason games, the following players are not expected to play in tonight’s game:
For the Broncos — linebacker Keith Brooking, defensive end Jason Hunter, and guard Chris Kuper.
And for the 49ers — running backs LaMichael James, Brandon Jacobs and Jewel Hampton, wide receivers Joe Hastings and Mario Manningham, linebackers Kourtnei Brown and Darius Fleming, and cornerback Chris Culliver.
The month of March was a big one for Broncos fans. Free agency began, and Peyton Manning became a Bronco along with 10 other free agents.
April is set to possibly top it.
The end of the month brings the 2012 NFL Draft and the full schedule release. But the excitement got started early this month, as on Tuesday, the NFL unveiled all 32 teams’ new Nike uniforms.
On Wednesday, the Broncos’ preseason schedule was announced:
Week 1: at Chicago Bears — Thursday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. CDT (KTVD-TV Ch. 20)
Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. MDT (KUSA-TV)
Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. MDT (Nationally televised on FOX)
Week 4: at Arizona Cardinals — Thursday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. MST (KTVD-TV Ch. 20)
It marks the 15th consecutive season the Broncos have opened the preseason on the road, extending the franchise record.
COIN TOSS: The Broncos captains – joined by John Elway – call heads. It is heads and the Broncos will receive.
Q1 15:00: Joe Nedney’s opening kickoff is fielded by Demaryius Thomas who breaks tackles to the 32-yard line.
Broncos start out on offense with; Beadles, Kuper, Walton, Clady, Hochstein, Graham, Quinn, Moreno, Gronkowski, Gaffney and Orton.
Q1 14:00: After two Moreno runs, the Broncos face third-and-four and try a reverse with Thomas. The 49ers sniff it out and are forced to punt.
Q1 12:56: 49ers take over with the Broncos lined up in a 4-3 with McBean, Thomas, Bannan, Jamal Williams, D.J. Williams, Haggan, Hunter, Dawkins, Hill, Bailey and Goodman the starters for the defense.
A short run by Frank Gore on first down and an incomplete on second down have the 49ers looking at a third-and-seven. Brian Westbrook gets the call on the run, and only gets 2-yard setting up a punt. Eddie Royal lets the punt go over his head, but a good bounce keeps it out of the endzone and the 49ers down it at the Broncos’ 3-yard line.
Good afternoon from London’s Wembley Stadium. The crowd is piling into the stadium in a myriad of different jerseys. The contest between the Broncos and the 49ers is almost like an International NFL convention with jerseys from all 32 team represented in the crowd.
With this being a 49ers home game, the majority of the stadium signage and field marks are in support of the red and gold. Each seat at Wembley comes with a 49ers flag, but the Broncos are represented with a painted endzone and two floats.
We should have inactives very shortly as well as some pregame pictures from the field.