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Broncos 49ers final score: Denver gets five turnovers in 33-14 victory over San Francisco

The Denver Broncos quarterback competition is effectively over, even if the team doesn’t make it official right away.

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The matchup between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers was supposed to be Paxton Lynch’s chance to assert himself as a starting quarterback candidate. Instead, it was Trevor Siemian who stole the show during the Broncos 33-14 preseason win over the 49ers.

First Quarter

The first quarter for the Broncos went pretty well as the defense and special teams accounted for two turnovers, with both leading to scoring drives for Paxton Lynch and the Broncos offense.

One big play that never happened was a beautiful deep throw from Lynch to Demaryius Thomas. Unfortunately, Thomas was held and it wasn’t called, so the ball sailed incomplete. Thomas was furious after the play, yelling at the refs over it. He knew the throw was money and that he’d be there to catch it had he not been mugged while running down the field.

Their lone scoring drive resulted from a special teams turnover deep in 49ers territory that ultimately was punched in by C.J. Anderson.

Broncos 7, 49ers 0.

Second Quarter

The Broncos defense continued to dominate with turnover after turnover, setting Lynch and the Broncos up with good field position. The offense would put up two more field goals, before Trevor Siemian would come into the game for the first time.

Running the two minute offense, De’Angelo Henderson took over taking both passes and runs, making all of the plays to get the Broncos down into the red zone. He even had a touchdown called back after rookie Garett Bolles had his second holding call of the game.

Siemian came back out and fired a back shoulder pass to Jordan Taylor for the touchdown anyway to put the Broncos up big going into halftime.

That two-minute drive all but sealed the quarterback competition in the minds of just about everyone.

Broncos 20, 49ers 0.

Third Quarter

The 49ers offense finally woke up as more reserves entered the game for the Broncos in the second half, driving down the field for their first score of the game. Former Broncos Kapri Bibbs had several key plays on the drive, which resulted in a touchdown.

Siemian and the Broncos responded with a long, sustained drive of their own. That drive would stall just inside the red zone and the Broncos would settle for a field goal.

The teams traded punts on their next three drives, with the Broncos having possession heading into the final quarter of the game. Kyle Sloter took control of the offense at this point.

The best part of this quarter might have been five fouls called on a single play.

Broncos 23, 49ers 7.

Fourth Quarter

The third teams didn’t do much early on as Sloter and the Broncos punted in short order, while the 49ers found a way to get their punt out in short order as well.

Sloter got things going on the Broncos next drive, looking very efficient and - dare I say - looking much better than Lynch at this point. After driving the Broncos down inside the 49ers 30-yard line, the drive stalled to setup another Brandon McManus field goal.

Matt Barkley was strip-sacked on the next drive, giving the Broncos defense five turnovers in the game. From there, the Broncos offense set out to churn the runs out to eat up the clock, but Juwan Thompson had other ideas taking one to the house for yet another touchdown for the Broncos.

A breakdown on special teams on the kickoff led to a huge return for the 49ers and a touchdown for Victor Bolden Jr.

The Broncos closed things out by running out the clock, driving down the field and eating up what time was left in the game.

Broncos 33, 49ers 14.