I haven’t turned off a 49er game in the third quarter since probably as far back as the Mike Nolan era, but this puppy was going nowhere fast and when Colin Kaepernick tossed an interception and the Broncos immediately cashed in for a 28-10 lead, the remote went click. I’d already gagged enough over the endless Peyton Manning adulation by that time, anyway.
Not much to say here. The Broncos were healthy and pumped. The 49ers were wounded and flat. When Vernon Davis drops an easy first down pass that hits him right in the breadbasket, it’s not exactly a stunning surprise. But when the glue-handed Anquan Boldin drops an easy TD, you know it’s not going to be your night.
What’s truly amazing about Manning eclipsing Brett Favre’s career TD record is that in the 37 combined years these two greats have played the game, they have accounted for only two Super Bowls victories — one per each.
49er center Daniel Kilgore apparently fractured his ankle in the game and his season is over. Probably his time as a starter, too. Third round rookie center Marcus Martin has recovered from a Training Camp injury and is probably ready to step in as the 49er center for now and likely the future.
As banged up as the team is, the Bye week comes at a great time. When the next game arrives, we might have a relatively healthy team. Players on the PUP/NFI lists are eligible to begin practicing, and Aldon Smith has only two games left on his suspension (or one or none, if Pro Football Talk shit disturber and gossip columnist Mike Florio can be believed).
Getting beat by Denver in this particular game was mostly anticipated by the members of this site, but the stunning defeat of the Seahawks by the Rams yesterday goes a long way towards making this a reasonably pleasant Monday. And it’s nice to see Percy Harvin subtracted from that squad, too. The 49ers never had to face Harvin, and I can’t say I was looking forward to it, either. It’s debatable whether Seattle will be a better team without Harvin, but they certainly won’t be as dangerous.