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Published on 08/26/2012 at Sun Aug 26 18:08.
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Eric Decker touchdown

Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos makes a catch for a touchdown as cornerback Tramaine Brock #26 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the first quarter of a pre-season game at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A 17-0 head start, courtesy Peyton Manning, wasn’t enough for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were shut out in the second half for the second week in a row, and a host of San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks made just enough plays for the 49ers to kick five field goals and come back to defeat the Broncos in Week Three preseason action by a score of 29-24.

The Broncos fall to 1-2 in preseason work with the loss, another disappointing outing for the backup defense and offense.

For his part, starting QB Peyton Manning was spectacular. He went 10-for-12 for 122 yards and two touchdowns in less than a quarter of work. Manning’s performance was a relief to Broncos fans — it will be his last warm-up before the season opener two weeks from tonight. The Broncos will travel to Arizona for their preseason finale, but Manning is not expected to play.

Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie was the only other quarterback to engineer a scoring drive, although he did that with the starting offensive line protecting him. Both Brock Osweiler and Adam Weber were left to their pressure-handling devices as backup offensive linemen continuously left them feeling the heat. For his part, Osweiler performed well; Weber didn’t play long enough to evaluate fairly.

Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman made his NFL preseason debut, showing impressive speed on a number of runs (long of 14), but tackles behind the line of scrimmage left him with a 2.9 average on 10 carries.

We’ll have much more on the results of this game in the near future, especially as the Broncos are required to trim their 90-man roster to 75 players by tomorrow afternoon. Who lost a roster spot this afternoon, and how concerned are you about the Broncos’ depth?

  • TheTroglodyte

    Manning still doesn’t look like old (or is it young) Manning but I feel as though I can relax quite a bit now.

    2 more weeks for him to continue rehabbing and syncing up with the offense and we will get a great first look when he goes up against the Steelers defense not playing basic vanilla coverage’s like the 49ers did today.

    I can’t wait!

  • anthony33

    Trog- thinking Manning looked very good. Hannie was better than expected after the first pick. Osweiler and Weber… ugh.
    Man, wish we would have taken Russell Wilson, the next Drew Brees… with wheels.

  • 350legend

    Between Manning getting hit and scoring early made me super hype….

  • Jay

    I like what i saw from the first team O and D. But the second and especially the third team absolutely blow

  • Doom92

    I as well think Manning and the rest of the O looked pretty good, especially going against that D, vanilla or not… But anything after the first team O & D simply are not good at all as a team, period. I know we have had dropped pass syndrome before but yesterday was a joke! I guess the only good part in that is that not all the first team goes down at the same time.

    As for Hannie, they have always said that he does well in the Preseason, its kind of his MO – the only thing we can hope for there is that our O line is better than Chicago’s was last year when he had to play, if he needs to here.

    When Manning speaks of not being 100% to Terry and Troy I’m wondering if he means 100% with the O or if he is not 100% healthy. I really didn’t catch that one way or the other. Maybe both!?!

  • Doom92

    “Manning still doesn’t look like old (or is it young) Manning but I feel as though I can relax quite a bit now.”

    And yet he still looks 100% better than what we have had the past few years hands down, “Feels” better also watching the game. For the first time I thought it was weird seeing him talking to Pam Oliver on the sideline with that orange #18 on…lol.

  • Doom92

    Ant hindsight is always 20/20 but I’m sure that he didnt look “as good” to anyone but the Seahawks coming out of school but I’;m wishing that was one scout we had on our side as well ;-)…

  • anthony33

    Good point. When Seattle drafted him, count me amoung the many that said WHO! Especially after aquiring Flynn.
    This goes way back, but I remember the Broncos brining in a one hit wonder named Matt Robinson. One or two good games with the Jets (one against the Broncos). Bad move.

  • CarterMorgan

    The Broncos played fairly well, especially the first team offense. It was really nice to be able to see Manning get on the same page with his receivers. I had to rush home after I got off work at Dish last night to get a chance to watch it. It is, however, a good thing I have the Hopper and I was able to record the whole game without missing a beat, once I got home. I even had some other things recording yesterday and I still have room to keep the game for when my dad comes out here so he can see it. I can’t wait for the regular season to finally start; hopefully we see some actual referees calling the games at that point!

  • charles Weisenberg

    Who of the UDFA do you folks think is a player? I think maybe the lb’s Franklin or Johnson. Not much there so far.

  • Anabelle Bailey

    I believe without a doubt that Manning does a great job, but if other players should be considered in the field. Hopefully soon pass the taste of defeat. Good luck to all.