The San Francisco 49ers outscored the Denver Broncos 31-24 Saturday night, producing their second straight game with 400+ yards of offense. The three 49er QBs rebounded from a less than stellar effort in the first preseason game and finished the night completing 19 out of 24 passes with one TD, a 30 yard bomb by Christian Ponder to Dres Anderson.
On the negative side, the team fumbled five times, losing three, one at the goal line for the second straight week with the same culprit — DuJuan Harris. On defense, the Niners had five sacks, three by Marcus Rush, and two interceptions, one a pick six by Eric Reid.
The Broncos held a nine minute time-of-possession edge, a stat we’ll probably see repeated quite frequently during the course of the regular season. It doesn’t matter much during preseason, since there are 90 players available for action and fatigue is not a factor. But the regular season could be a different kettle of amphibian aspiring creatures.
During warm ups before the game, Colin Kaepernick‘s dead/tired/fatigued throwing arm suddenly sprang back to life and featured him throwing 50 and 60 yard passes without discomfort. Perhaps he was “passing” a message to the Broncos that he was good to go if they still wanted him. We’ll see if his arm rebounds back to deadness again this coming week.
If the arm holds up, however, then there is one preseason game remaining for Kaepernick to get himself into the mix for the starting QB job. At this point, it looks highly doubtful. But at least the team will have three 2011 draft bust QBs to cycle through during the course of the regular season. Lending a biting tingle of “who cares” to a season that probably won’t have much else to offer.