The San Francisco 49ers came out in their game against the Denver Broncos naming a slew of former-Broncos as their team captains in this game. I found that both kind of cool and kind of strange, but whatever!
Tonight's 49ers captains are all former Broncos players (Elvis Dumervil, Zane Beadles, Kapri Bibbs and Dekoda Watson).— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 20, 2017
The Broncos team captains we a solid mix of starters and reserve players.
.@Broncos captains tonight: C.J. Anderson, Bennie Fowler, Virgil Green, Darian Stewart and Chris Harris Jr.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 20, 2017
Rookie Brendan Langley received the opening kickoff and was stuffed at the 10-yard line to pit Paxton Lynch and the Broncos offense deep. After a quick toss to the flat to Bennie Fowler for two-yards, C.J. Anderson took an inside handoff for another two-yards to setup a third and long situation.
Lynch tossed a short pass outside to Anderson who juked his way to a first down. A roughing the passer call got the Broncos out of their bad field position and into a much more promising situation at their own 38-yard line.
A quick five-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas, Lynch on play-action threw it away on a pass intended for Thomas. On third down, Lynch throws off his back foot to Virgil Green and the pass was broken up. Lynch missed a wide open Thomas at the first down marker, which was a big missed opportunity on that play.
On the ensuing punt, a 49ers player touched the ball and the Broncos recovered to set them up inside the 20 for a scoring opportunity.
From the 11-yard line, Anderson gained two yards on first down. On second down, Lynch throws a fade to Bennie Fowler who was interfered with in the end zone giving the Broncos a first and goal at the one yard line.
The throw was solid and would have been an easy touchdown had Fowler not been interfered with. Two carries later, the Broncos were faced with a third down on the one inch line where Anderson bullied his way into the end zone with two 49ers defenders draped on his back.
Broncos 7, 49ers 0.
Brian Hoyer and the 49ers offense began their next drive at their own 39-yard line. And that is basically where their first drive ended. The Broncos first-team defense shut them down hard.
The Broncos started their next drive at their own 20-yard line. Two short, quick passes from Lynch setup a third and one for the Broncos. Stevan Ridley took the handoff from Lynch, but Garett Bolles was offsides on the play. Lynch’s pass was tipped and fell incomplete at the first down marker.
After a 22-yard completion to open their next drive, they converted a 3rd and 10 for another big gain to out close to midfield. Another third down was converted on the next series to move the 49ers into Broncos territory.
The Broncos defense wouldn’t let a third conversion on third down occur as Hoyer fumbled the ball on the next series with Shelby Harris on the recovery for the Broncos.
Anderson ripped off a solid eleven yard gain and a first down, getting the Broncos into 49ers territory. On the next play, Lynch overthrew Thomas deep. Thomas looked like he was held on the play and wasn’t happy about it.
Anderson closed out the first quarter with a big run to setup a third and inches.