The Denver Broncos hosted the San Francisco 49ers this week with some joint practices, however after several fights the coaching staffs called off practice early on Thursday. It is clear that the defending Super Bowl champions have the defense to win any game, even preseason ones.
The game is set to kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. Mile High time (9:00 p.m. Eastern time).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air locally on KTVD in Denver. Ron Zappolo will do the play-by-play, along with John Lynch as analyst and Rod Mackey on the sideline.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game. During preseason, Game Pass will also broadcast games live.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
For more information about streaming Broncos games, check out our comprehensive online streaming guide.
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play), Carlos Valdez (color analyst) and Hector Salazar (sideline reporting).
Derek Wolfe hurt his ankle in practice on Wednesday, but some think he may actually play after all this Saturday. The best choice might be to keep him on the bench. DeMarcus Ware is still a few days away from being ready.
Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on the definition of a blitz.
“If there’s a guy deep in the middle of the field, it’s not a blitz. A blitz is—and the common term ‘blitz’ means that somebody’s rushing. If they say, ‘so-and-so is blitzing, so-and-so is blitzing, this is a zone blitz,’ well, it’s really just four guys rushing or five guys rushing. When there’s six— it’s pretty simple—when there’s six guys rushing, there’s five eligible receivers with five guys that have to cover all of those guy, so there’s nobody in the middle of the field. Anytime somebody gets sacked or whatever and there’s somebody in the middle of the field, it’s not a blitz.”
The Broncos and 49ers are familiar foes in the preseason, with 37 games since 1968. The Broncos own a 21-16 advantage mostly due from preseason dominance from the mid-90s on. That continues in this game as the Broncos defense is just too good and too deep for the 49ers to overcome.