Broncos 42, 49ers 17

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.

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63 comments on “Broncos 42, 49ers 17
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am wondering if Marcus Martin will be ready after the bye.
    One thing I’ve been noticing is a lot of Kilgore’s snaps were on the low side and Kap has had to make an effort to secure them.
    The purpose of the shotgun is to give the QB a better read on the defense. That split second trying to secure the lower snap
    does effect the rhythm of the play.
    I hope Marcus martin does play at a higher level and bolsters the Oline

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If we are healthy and rested I like our chances against the Broncos. Last night’s game came at the worst possible time for that match-up. Plus, I doubt our receivers drop 5 passes again. Crabtree has been dropping a lot of balls lately, what’s up with that?

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Looking at the holdout boys (Boone and VD) and you have a couple guys who don’t look all that engaged in the process.

    Maybe Crabtree’s getting his disgruntlement stance out there early. Shit, I don’t know.

    For about the 3rd week in a row, Kaepernick completely misread a slant for a pick. Both times those plays has a lead WR and a trailer. 2 weeks ago, Kappy tried the underneath guy and was picked by the lead DB cutting his coverage off and waiting for the play to come to him. This time around, the underneath guy was open, but Kappy threw into double coverage and got picked.

    Might be time to open up that route and not clog things up. Pretty big turning point there, as we had just forced a 3-and-out, and a score by the Niners there puts it at 21-17.

    Still and all, not a big deal. These next 5 weeks though are huge. AZ has a tough schedule while we hit our ‘easy’ part. Seattle has a couple tough roadies as well.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kap had a good game but even he had a couple of issues. The int was a bad read and a bad throw and he missed a wide open Lloyd for a TD. Long throws are often a little off by all QBs but that would have been a big momentum boost.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, forgot about that. He needed to put a little more air under that one to give Lloyd the ability to adjust to it.

    His pass to Stevie Johnson (I think) before the 1st TD was very nice. Another case of a throw that not too many guys can make running to the left like that.

  6. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Figured I’d see a lot of coach bashing today but no, I guess the poor execution was evident enough for all.

    We played coverage agaisnt a guy that was killing our coverage all game. WTF?

    They sent four and five, or seven, to pressure our QB and we sent four or three to look like pressure.

    We introduced the 01 personnel package and it was so ineffective we used it all game, and lots of it.

    I guess we were inspired by Jeff Fisher in thinking miracles were the order of the day. Our mistake was playing like we didn’t give a shit and counting on it.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, yer bashing the coaches now?

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    With six defensive starters out, and our O-line looking like it needs its own E.R., we were not likely to win even if we played well, which we obviously didn’t. Would have liked to see it less lopsided and embarrassing but that’s what happens when your JV team is up against a HoF quarterback. VD aka Hands of Stone didn’t help either. This is a good week to get our bye.

  9. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not bashing them, but their reasoning is beyond my comprehension in this one.

    Let’s just say I much preferred our Manusky defensive scheme against Peyton in the last match. The one that kept him to FGs and Addai trickeration.

    Even though we had half the starters out on defense the remaining starters played much worse than usual as a group and individually and the backup replacements were probably about as expected.

    I just thought we’d make a better effort across the board.

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    Well i love you guys i really do!! Even in the dark days of mike nolan i could at least rely on you guys! Even while suffering through bad football every week you were good for a laugh

    I would prefer MANUSKY

  11. robNo Gravatar says:


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  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    😉 OMG that’s funny

  14. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s not what I said, but what isn’t funny is Denver’s drive chart result column from last night:





    For comparison, this is Manusky’s effort against Manning’s Colts a few years back:





    I think forcing FGs is better, but anything for a laugh.

  15. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Team played like the bye started yesterday = flat. I really think so with the 5 dropped passes and lack of pressure on Manning. Agree the INT by Kap was all him and killed us but by then he was getting desperate for a completion and trying to avoid Denver’s rush up the middle. This one got mailed in 3rd class. We got schooled.

    NF yes Manusky did a far better job against the Manning Colts

    NJ you said: “Kaep isn’t anywhere close to carrying a team like Peyton does.

    Something we can only hope for as Kaep matures”.

    No other QB is close either so it’s not surprising at this point for Kaepernick.


    “For now, Roman and Harbaugh have to find answers”.

    With Iupati out we weren’t running and dropped passes (Execution or lack thereof) destroyed us. Catch the damn ball. And our OL was overwhelmed = 6 sacks. Execution and lack of players are kind of major.

  16. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Staley did far better against Robert Quinn of the Rams than he did against DeMarcus Ware last night and Von Miller would have made life hell for any RG/RT combo we could have put there. And even though he didn’t grade out that well in last night’s game I thought Kaepernick looked much improved at a lot of things that have been flaws in his game to date.

    With pressure from one side you can put in fixes like sliding the o-line or putting extra help in the backfield. When both ends are getting through you run or check down or one step slants for example, none of which we tried.

    As far as the drive results comparison, it’s even more glaring when you consider the fourth quarter yesterday saw Manning on the sidelines and his #2 interested in only handing off the ball and running the clock.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Short of losing Kilgore, this game did (hopefully), wake up our senses, to just how quickly things can go South in the NFL.
    We showed no urgency, focus or, determination in this matchup.
    Appeared as though everyone had one foot out the door for a long intermission before things even got warmed up.

    Chuck, there’s an unmistakable attitude of sorts with Crabtree IMO as well.

    For a guy who professes to ‘live and breathe football’, he impresses me as a guy that just doesn’t breathe fire.
    As if he’s bored with the plan or, perhaps his involvement in general?

    My Son made a point to me during the Rams game, that he’d much rather let Crabtree hit the FA market and, make a run at Dez Bryant.

    At first I thought, Jerruh will likely overpay to retain him.
    Thus far that hasn’t happened, even after reports surfaced to suggest extension talks were already underway.

    Interesting idea however.

    Not sure whether it’s feasible but, Dez shows the fire that Crabtree often keeps bottled up or, simply isn’t capable of showing.

    Told my Son that Stevie was likely Baalke’s insurance policy for the possible Crabtree impasse or departure anyway.

    Thus far, Stevie has not disappointed or, changed my opinion.
    Stevie is simply making plays when called upon.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er I’m with you regarding Kaep.
    Thought he kept his head up, eyes down field and sought the big play.

    Bummed about adding a rookie to the Center position now also.
    This Oline has been a nagging headache to date.
    Adding a novice at Center for the stretch run concerns me.

    Knew we were in trouble when the normally reliable running attack got snuffed too.

    All in all, a night to forget.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure I’ve ever seen Staley look more lost in pass protection either.
    Ware literally spun him around all night.
    Totally forgettable performance.

    Let’s hope this game is flushed from everyone’s mental storage capabilities and they get back to work with a fresh perspective on finishing this season strongly.

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I was calling for us to lean on the run before the game. We didn’t and paid. What was that but on coaching?

    ” But engaging in an air battle with Peyton Manning is a curious choice as far as game plans, especially with a defense that was as banged up as the 49ers’. It would seem that a ground-and-pound approach, as boring as it is, would have been the right call in that it would keep the ball out of Manning’s hands and keep the patch-work defense on the sideline for long stretches.”

    NF said above: “When both ends are getting through you run or check down or one step slants for example, none of which we tried.”

    No run game never mind running out of the spread as article I posted from PFF said. Miller hardly used too

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dez is one of the best in the game. Jerruh’s a clown, but he’s not so stupid as to let him walk.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I don’t see Dez going anywhere. They may go after Crabs but they aren’t letting Dez go.

    What’s galling to me is seeing all the WRs I wanted doing well.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We didn’t run well at all. Then again we didn’t try.

    Thing is though, they don’t drop balls early, we don’t go 3 and out on that first drive, and we get a TD rather than a FG. Don’t miss the FG, we are still in the game at 21-17.

    The pick after forcing the 3-and-out, and the TD on the next play (and Jesus, who didn’t see that coming?) just let the air out of the team. At that point we were moving the ball pretty well. Then, pffffffffffffffffffffft.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck there’s a curious reality regarding WRs and the Draft for me.
    We’ve jawed on this topic many times too.
    Why aren’t we able to Draft and develop?

    AJ,Patton even Ellington thus far.
    Smells like something rotten in the WR Coaching ranks to me.
    Our production is coming from FA acquisitions to date.

    No home-grown talent since Harbaugh/Roman arrived?

    Hard to ignore.
    Especially when you see guys like Dobbs, TJ-E and others getting into meaningful roles under Tomsula.

    Granted, skill position expectations are certainly a higher order proposition but, c’mon?

    Whether it’s Johnny Morton or Roman, maybe Harbaugh’s approach, it certainly looks like we’re pretty impotent in that area or development.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Reid comes in and produces. Ward even has looked decent at times. Hyde? Sure. Lynch? Yup. Every position but WR seems to be able to hit the ground running. Just constant inconsistency.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When your main offensive strategy is the Singletary Sardine Can WRs are very hard to develop.

    I said after the game we ran too much 4 and 5 wide. We need to stick with 3 wide so we can preserve the run without having to go Singletary Sardine Can. Some 21 packages work well too without being Singletary Sardine Can. The 21 can be SSCO or not.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Football is played with emotion and momentum. The Steelers score 21 points tonight in about 2 minutes. They rode that to a win by only 7.

    We were playing well in the first half and dropped 5 passes. The halftime score should have been 21-21, maybe even 24-21(missed 51 yard FG). I think any momentum we had was deflated when reliable Boldin dropped a TD pass. Add the int and immediate bomb by Manning in the 3rd Q and we just went completely flat. The coaching could have been better but with a secondary as banged up as ours was and 5 dropped passes it is hard to single out the coaches, everybody sucked, including us fans. The O-line did not play well but I’ve come to expect that anymore. What’s up with that?

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    To clarify my 10:47 post, we haven’t run a lot of the Singletary Sardine Can this year, maybe just in the clutch sometimes and we usually stall. I only remember seeing it once last night and it lost 5 yards. We are searching for an identity but I don’t think that is much attainable with the current play of our O-line.

    One possible theory is we have been a run blocking, mauling line and we just haven’t learned to block in space. Maybe we need some O-linemen who are more athletic? I don’t know, just thinking out loud. Any other theories out there?

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well Berger?
    Where to start?

    Missing AD early. Boone coming in late and rusty.
    New Center.
    Iupati getting off to a slow start.
    You name it.
    Inconsistency is probably the simplest answer we can muster.

    Now we have to insert a Rookie Center.
    All that matters to me now is getting over on the Division opponents.
    AZ has a leg up and we need that game first and foremost.
    Any NFC opponent is important now.

    Be nice to see the TEs start contributing too.
    VMcD and Carrier especially.

    Need some wrinkles to take the pressure off the blitz packages we can’t seem to thwart.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll assume Marcus Martin will be physical enough.
    My concerns are his ability to make the line protection calls.
    Maybe they’ll rely on Boone or Iupati for that?

    Tough spot to say the least.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For now, I’m hoping the Eagles have regrouped following their BYE.
    Let’s hope Chip can go into AZ and get a W.
    That would be a huge help to us.

    We need to concentrate on taking care of the NFC opponents on our schedule.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You are probably right. Whatever it is it needs to get fixed quickly if we think we are going to be viable this year.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One bright spot Berger.
    We’re still in this.
    Might have caught Dallas at the right time.
    We have one blemish with the loss to AZ.

    That Bears game pisses me off but, they’re floundering right now also.

    We have shown signs of promise in the passing game at least.
    Thankfully Stevie and Bling have shown up to add some options.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Now we need to focus on replacing Kilgore and maybe, getting something from Ellington beside KR duties.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Preaching to the choir, NJ. Ellington should be made a viable slot option. Lloyd has been surprisingly good on deep routes, and Kappy shoulda lofted that a little higher to allow him to go get it, but having another speed option should open up passes underneath. VD is flat pissing me off. Not sure how playing like shit is going to help him come contract time.

    The killer play of the game was the pick. For all the drops, we could have gotten right back into the game at that point.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN confirmed that the Aldon Smith suspension ‘may’ be reduced a game or 2.

    Hey, good behavior and all that. 7 is still too high. Especially when you read that Ray Rice is likely back in a couple weeks.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve just been informed that one of the best friends I ever had is going to get taken off of life support today. His name is Billy Green and was one heck of a drummer. He knew most of the heavy hitters in the business. Here is a video in tribute to my buddy. The drum solo starts at about 3:15 and the band does a nice version of The Walrus right after. Heaven must have needed another drummer.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just as one buddy goes to heaven another sends me a new video he just came out with. This is another great friend and former room mate. I just got this last night. My friend is also the drummer on this video.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t they planning on starting M Martin to start the season? I thought that was the plan anyway.

    AD is key to get back into game shape. As is Boone removing his head from his ass. Staley had an awful game after one of his better ones. J Mart is a stop-gap at best.

    Consistency is paramount. This unit collectively has been sub-par to say the least.

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    We are coming back guys.
    we’ve been a twelve win team and been to three straight championship games under harbuagh and this is our best team yet. To quote the great frank sinatra.


  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    Uh oh i think i lost my cool avatar

  42. robNo Gravatar says:

    Wait i think i like this one! !!
    It doesnt look like me, but it fits me to a ‘T’
    What do you guys think

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It definitely captures your subtle, sensitive side, Rob.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Johmson is back and Ventrone released.
    They could easily stop this merry go round by putting Kilgore on IR to create a roster spot.
    They are saving that move for either Aldon or if Lattimore is deemed ready because they are basically going with 2 RBs with Ellington penciled in as an emergency 3rd back and Miller too.

  45. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, that one’s cool, ROB!! Looks like you got your Beats-by-Dre headphones on.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t Ventrone, JJ, and Osgood, all been released and re-signed about 8 times this season?

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Chuck, we seem to have the revolving door of waivers and re-signing players covered.

    With a bye week and Trade deadline lining up I’m not going to be surprised if they move someone permanently either.

    Aldon, Lattimore, and NaVorro on the horizon, suggests they need to figure something out in the coming weeks.

    Kilgore opens 1 spot.
    Could Culliver or Dahl be in the mix?

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:


  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Salient observation, Chuck.

  51. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Come on, Skeebs. You pretend to be a writer. Haven’t you ever played that game?

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, the 2 moves will be JJ and Osgood once Kilgore is IRed. After that, who knows? Will they dump someone for Celek? I don’t even know if he’s going to be coming back this year.

    Cully is certainly on a short leash due to his upcoming legal problems.

  53. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    If they ever produced a breakthrough movie about the colors blue and yellow getting together, it would be titled “Salient Green.”

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was going to answer the “Alex Smith…. is” question but I left it alone hoping Del would get their first. That would have been far more entertaining than anything I could come up with.

  55. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  56. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Anybdoy see that Gates catch on the seam to kill the Broncs’ blitz? It was gonna be 7-3 at best, instead it’s 7-7. If only VD had hands…

  57. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  58. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, saw it. Don’t discount a pretty good throw, too.

    Are you talking about the guy who’s tied Gate’s TD record a couple of times now?

  59. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d take Gates in the clutch anytime. For blocking, VD. Mad Mike got that right.

  60. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s keeping SD in the game tonight. Him and Weddle.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17