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NFL Preseason Preview - Denver (1-0) at San Francisco (0-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers will christen Levi's Stadium on Sunday when they host the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos.

The 49ers lost their opening preseason contest 23-3 to the Baltimore Ravens last week in a rematch of Super Bowl XLVII (The Harbaugh Bowl). John's Ravens came out on top again as Bernard Pierce's touchdown run in the first quarter gave the team all the points it needed against Jim's Niners.

In his only series, 49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed his lone pass attempt, connecting with tight end Vance McDonald for a 17-yard, during a seven-play, 51-yard drive which was capped by a 25-yard Phil Dawson field goal.

Rookie running back Carlos Hyde had five carries for 39 yards in his first NFL action for San Francisco while the defense was led by second-year defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who registered a game-high 10 tackles and two forced fumbles.

The Niners defense also mustered three sacks, with defensive lineman Tank Carradine and linebackers Corey Lemonier and Michael Wilhoite each getting to the quarterback. Meanwhile, cornerback Chris Cook, a free-agent pickup from Minnesota, recorded an interception and fellow corner Perrish Cox recovered a fumble.

The Broncos, on the other hand, got a little revenge in another Super Bowl rematch, upending the defending champion Seahawks, 21-16.

Brock Osweiler's 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Norwood in the fourth quarter lifted Denver just over six months after Seattle routed the Broncos for its first Lombardi Trophy.

The game was delayed for 45 minutes because of lightning with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter after Ronnie Hillman's 1-yard touchdown gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead.

That came at the end of Peyton Manning's second and final series for Denver. The five-time NFL MVP was sharp, completing 10 of his 13 passes for 78 yards.

It was a better start than Manning had Feb. 2, when the Seahawks scored the fastest points ever in a Super Bowl after a snap sailed over Manning's head and into the end zone 12 seconds into the game, sparking a 43-8 win.

This will mark the 36th preseason matchup between Denver and San Francisco, with the Broncos holding a 19-16 edge in the all-time preseason series.

08/14 13:28:49 ET