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49ers vs. Broncos Live Blog

Posted by Scott Kegley on August 14, 2009 – 3:34 PM


The 49ers are getting prepared for their first preseason game of the year against the Denver Broncos.  The game is presented by Sports Gallery.  Stay tuned to the blog for drive and score updates.

There is not an inactives list for the preseason game, but the players who did not dress for tonight’s game are Patrick Willis, Ray McDonald, David Baas, Joe Nedney, Michael Robinson, Delanie Walker and Isaac Bruce.

I was just handed the game release by our PR staff.  The 49ers captains for tonight’s game are LS Brian Jennings, LB Takeo Spikes and T Joe Staley.

We’ve received a lot of questions about how to watch the game.  Locally, it airs on CBS 5 and it’s also on NFL Network nationally.  You can listed to the game online at http://www.knbr.com/pages/main


The 49ers began their first drive from the 22 yard line.  On 2nd down, Shaun hill completed a pass to TE Vernon Davis for a gain of 22 yards.  Two plays later, Hill was brought down by Elvis Dumervil.  Despite a third and long situation, Hill was able to move the chains, finding Davis again for a gain of 18 yards.  On the next play, Hill was flushed from the pocket and scrambled up the middle, picking up 9 yards.  The 49ers then picked up their third first down on the drive behind a short carry for Glen Coffee.  Mario Haggan brought Hill down on the next play for the Broncos second sack of the drive.  Coffee quickly picked up much of the lost yardage with a 15-yard carry.  Coffee was stopped short on third down, bringing out the field goal unit.  With Joe Nedney not dressed for the game, Alex Romero came on to connect on the 38-yard field goal.  It was an 11 play drive that went 58 yards.

49ers 3 – Denver 0

Our PR staff just announced that FB Zak Keasey has a right elbow injury and his return is questionable.

Correll Buckhalter picked up a first down for the Broncos on two carries.  On 3rd and 11, Orton dropped back and found Eddie Royal for a 7 yard gain, getting down to the 4-yard line.  On 2nd down, Nate Clements came up huge with an interception, coming back and stepping in front of Daniel Graham.  Clements took a knee in the end zone for the touchback.


Alex Smith takes the field for the 49ers second drive of the game.  The first team offensive line is still in the game.  The only other replacement is Brit Miller who takes over for Keasey.

On 2nd down, Ryan McBean pressured Smith, bringing him down for the sack.  That brings up 3rd and 14.  Smith completed the next pass to Josh Morgan, but he was just shy of the sticks.  Lee’s punt was returned to the Broncos 37-yard line.

Update on Keasey: he will not return to the game.

The Broncos start their second drive with a 13 yard gain.  The Broncos picked up their second first down on the drive thanks to the efforts of their 2009 first-round draft pick, Knowshon Moreno.  The 49ers defense came up big again as Dre’ Bly picked off the pass intended for Stokely.  This is why he was 49ers.com’s practice MVP last week!!

After a 7 yard pass from Smith to Battle and a short run by Glen Coffee, the 49ers picked up a first down just past the 40-yard line.  Smith couldn’t connect on third down.  Lee came on to punt, hitting it out of bounds at the 10-yard line.

Third pick by the 49ers secondary, this one by Reggie Smith.  Alex Smith took over hitting FB Brit Miller in the end zone.  The extra point was missed by Romero.

49ers 9 – Broncos 0

The secondary continues to make big plays – this time in the run game.  Dre’ Bly rushed the edge, bringing down Lamont Jordan.  On 3rd and 10, Orton completed the pass for a short gain to Chad Jackson.  The officials called pass interference on the Broncos, but the 49ers declined, bringing up 4th and 7.  The 49ers will take over at their own 11-yard line.  Alex Smith is still in with the starting offense.

The 49ers look content to run out the clock and get to the half.  Glen Coffee continues to run very hard, breaking a long run on third down to keep the drive going.  The third-round draft pick out of Alabama gets out to midfield as time expires.

It was an impressive first half for the 49ers highlighted by three picks by the secondary, a touchdown pass from Smith to Miller and several big gains by Vernon Davis.

Halftime score: 49ers 9 – Broncos 0

The quarterback competition looks pretty close in the first half, especially if you’re looking at QB rating.  Smith’s rating was 120.8 while Hill wasn’t far behind at 118.8.


Looks like the night is over for Smith as he’s come back out in the second half without his shoulder pads.  Damon Huard and Nate Davis are getting loose on the sideline.

On 3rd and short, the Broncos covert, taking the ball to midfield behind the legs of Peyton Hillis.  Chirs Simms completed a pass to Nate Swift as the Broncos marched down to the 4-yard line.  Movement on the Broncos’ line back them up 5 yards.  Two plays later Simms hits Jeb Putzier who beat the coverage of Mark Washington for the score.

49ers 9 – Broncos 7

Shaun Hill talked about his performance on the first drive of the game which resulted in a field goal. 

“We were able to move the ball and we had a big conversion on third down,” Hill said.  “That last sack kind of hurt us.  That was completely on me.  The offensive line did a great job out there.  So I’d like to have that play back and I feel like we could have gotten 7 out of that.”

The 49ers will begin their next drive at the 20-yard line with QB Damon Huard at the helm.  On 3rd and long, Huard it Micheal Spurlock for the first down.  Spurlock picked up another first down, making a nice move after a short pass to pick up 10 yards.  Chris Baker brout down Huard, bringing up 2nd and long for the 49ers.  Huard’s third down pass fell incomplete as Joe Jon Finley couldn’t reel it in.

On 3rd and 6, Simms pass was complete to former 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd for the first down.  Great play by the 49ers secondary again as Simms tested Terrail Lambert deep.  Lambert deflected the pass down the right sideline.  That’s the end of the third quarter.

Cornerback Nate Clements spoke about the strong play of the secondary.

“I think that guys were just relaxed out there, taking chances, trusting and believing in what they saw.  We weren’t really worried about what they were going to do.  We were more focused on what we could do.”

Another catch for Lloyd as the Broncos drive to the 49ers 12-yard line.  The 49ers Faithful helped the tea out on 3rd and 6, getting loud as the 49ers flushed Simms from the pocket, forcing him to throw it away.  The Broncos converted the short field goal and took the lead.

Broncos 10 – 49ers 9

The 49ers will begin their drive from the 18-yard line.  Huard is in at quarterback.  Huard nearly hit Spurlock deep, but the pass was batted away by Alphonso Smith.  Big third down conversion as Huard hit Finley just past the sticks.  Huard moved the chains again, hittling Thomas Clayton for a nice gain.  After a short carry, Clayton is down on the field.  As soon as I hear anything about the injury, I’ll pass that along. 

Clayton is being carted off the field now.  His teammates are around him.  Whatever the injury is, it doesn’t look good.

With Clayton out, Kory Sheets is in at running back.  The 49ers continue to play well on third down as Huard found Jason Hill for the conversion.  Wow!  Two touchdowns for FB Brit Miller.  The Denver Broncos sent the house on the blitz.  The line picked it up and Huard found Miller with absolutely nobody around him.  Huard raced in down the right sideline for the 40 yard TD.  The 49ers will go for two.

Wow again!  On the conversion it appeared that Huard’s first read was to Zeigler, but when he was covered, Huard lofted the ball to the back of the end zone.  Bear Pascoe used his height to pull the ball away from one of the Broncos defensive backs and the 49ers go up by a touchdown!

49ers 17 – Broncos 10

Update on Clayton: He has a right knee sprain and is out.

I’ll have to run down to the field as there’s just five minutes left in the game.  Follow us on Twitter for additional updates.

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49 Responses to “49ers vs. Broncos Live Blog”

  1. By Dave on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    What tv station is the game on in san francisco

  2. By Mark on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    go ninersssssssssss

  3. By Taylor Price on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    The game is on CBS channel 5.

  4. By Angel Gonzalez on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    This is the Year for the 49ers to get back on track. Go Niners.

  5. By mrmiles on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    The game is on NFL network also. I got love for coach Nolan but the Broncos are goin down today.Go niners

  6. By Mike Mobley on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    49ers for life!!! Have seen the ups and downs throughout this franchises history. This is a turning point, we are on the upswing. I expect big things for our beloved 49ers this season. Now if we could only get the city to back a new stadium. :P

  7. By Jacqueline on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Is there no way to watch the game from out of state?

  8. By texborn9erbred on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    So I’m guessing as a fan in Texas I won’t be able to see the game as usual……yep looks like it so I’ll just stick to blog updates and online gamecasts have fun all Niners fans that can actually see the game

  9. By stuart on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Anyone know if the game is online or on the radio?

  10. By John C on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    I live in Austin, TX and I grew up in the SF bay area. Will it be on Time Warner TV? What channel? I would like to watch the game!

  11. By Opus on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Anyone know where to watch the game free online?

  12. By suke on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    The actual fighting begins at last! 

  13. By nikojr on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    nothin finer than a 49er

  14. By nikojr on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    game is on directv channel 212

  15. By PERRy on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply


  16. By Rick on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Nice drive!

    Hill looked good and our TE looked sharp.

  17. By stang1209 on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    for those fans ouside san fran NFL network is showing the game

  18. By texborn9erbred on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Hey John C I was trying to figure the same thing because I live in Beaumont, obviously a long distance away from where you are but if you find out something soon let me know…..

  19. By Manny on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Why not do sideline interviews with the Gold Rush? It’s *pre-season* football. Even if those women can’t put two sentences together they’re still more interesting than anything else on the field.

  20. By texborn9erbred on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks stang1209 but that’s my other problem I’m a Time Warner customer so we can’t get NFL Network, thanks for the heads up though……

  21. By Julio Matias on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Greetings from Mexico!!
    Let’s go niners!
    Who was injured on kick.off?

  22. By Will Hayes on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    That may be the best Alex Smith looks all year… If our defense plays like that all year we can put Dilfer back out there and let him leads us ala the Ravens…

  23. By texborn9erbred on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Think it was Zac Keasey

  24. By richard on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    niners baby 3 interceptions so far lets get some more

  25. By ninervato on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Go niners go! This is a big year for us!!

  26. By richard on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    niners for life

  27. By Josh Ruffing on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Smith lookin sharp and throwing good… 1 touchdown with a really nice throw..

  28. By 49ers4eva on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    3 turnovers definately say somethin 4 us!!!!

  29. By Chris on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Greetings from Phoenix. Getting my 49ers tattoo retouched for the start of the new season. Go niners!!!!!

  30. By Nobrun on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Out-of-state die hard 49er fan. Looking for a red SF hat without the oval.
    San Francisco 49ers Coaches Cap by Reebok size 7 3/8 or one size fits most like this one: http://www.fansedge.com/San-Francisco-49ers-Coaches-Cap-by-Reebok-_1241616820_PD.html

  31. By Suz on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    On couch, #16 jersey on, watching my boys nail the 2 point conversion. Life is good!

  32. By forty niner fan 4 life on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    dude im out here in missouri moved from the bay area in 2001 im going crazy out here there not telavising the game out here is there a radio station on line i can listen to the game thanx u guys for the updates

  33. By Nathan on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Coming all the way from Australia….LETS GO NINERS

  34. By sbpcpa on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    Team was playing hard through all four quarters. Looks like the nutcracker is paying off. Hope Clayton and Keasey injuries are not season enders.

  35. By Sean in Denver on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    WE WON BABY!!! preseason or not….. we won :)

  36. By david on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    GO NINERS!!! the team looked good

  37. By TrappedInDallas on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    This is great! We will win the division and make the playoffs this year! Has the pain finally ended?

  38. By 49ers4eva on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply

    ^^^^^^^Nice hat man. Never seen it.

  39. By BRYAN 415 BABY!!! on Aug 14, 2009 | Reply


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  41. By Felix Rodriguez on Aug 15, 2009 | Reply

    I watched the second half and I was happy to see our defense do well. Our offense looks good and I think we have a shot at the playoffs.

  42. By ANTHONY on Aug 15, 2009 | Reply

    too all who cannot watch the game due to being out of area. dont feel bad you could be a raider fan and only see the games on midniht replay or when they play a good team. ha ha ha

  43. By ET on Aug 15, 2009 | Reply

    Impressed with Bear Pascoe. His 2-point conversion catch (actually a take-away from a Bronco defender) gave us the ‘W’. Sorry to see he didn’t get the press he deserved. Way to go Bear.

  44. By Dave In TX on Aug 15, 2009 | Reply

    I was pleased with the play calling of Jimmy Raye. The offense did look like it had potential and some rythem. Way to go Jimmie Raye!!!

  45. By lorena on Aug 15, 2009 | Reply

    so happy we won=D we are going to do bomb this season and make it to playoffs!!! go niners you can do it=] i have faith in you guys<3333

  46. By Xile on Aug 15, 2009 | Reply

    for people interested in watching it online go to http://WWW.channelsurfing.net and scorl down to see where and what time its showing and click on it. Go Niners…

  47. By 49R-RYDR on Aug 16, 2009 | Reply

    Zak Keasey needs to block better on pass plays…….. Our DB’s need to not play so far off Coffee & Sheets are Going to be pretty good RB’s ……..I want to see #58 Jay Moore alot more ,This guy can be a good Pass Rusher

  48. By niners all the way on Aug 16, 2009 | Reply

    niners started out great and will keep going that way. great coaching and great playing. GO NINERS!!!

  49. By joe49er on Aug 17, 2009 | Reply

    hi, all niner fans. It’s are year, I’m just talking to the real 49er fans not the bang wagons …GO NINERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!???????

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