Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

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Game Information
Location: Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, California
Attendance: 62,283

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Vance Joseph isn't yet ready to declare a winner in the race to be Denver's starting quarterback between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.

If he is, the Broncos' head coach is keeping it to himself.

Lynch led three scoring drives in his bid for the job while Siemian, who started the preseason opener a week ago, came off the bench to throw a touchdown pass as the Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-14 on Saturday night.

"The time frame's not important," Joseph said. "What's important is we get it right. It could be this week, it could be next week."

On a night when Denver forced four turnovers in the first half, running C.J. Anderson got into the end zone and Brandon McManus kicked four field goals, the majority of focus was on the ongoing competition between the Broncos' two quarterbacks.

Despite a plea earlier this week from vice president of football operations John Elway that one of the two take control of the job, neither quarterback did much to separate himself from the other.

Lynch was 9 of 13 and showed good pocket presence by scrambling out of trouble a few times, but managed only 39 yards through the air in less than two quarters.

Denver's first-round draft pick a year ago, Lynch is trying not to get caught up in the situation.

"You can't compare your progress to somebody else's progress because when you're worried about the other guy getting better, you're wasting time not focused on yourself and making yourself better," Lynch said. "That's really what I've been doing."

Siemian put up more passing numbers (49) on his first drive and finished 8 of 11 for 93 yards. Afterward, the 2015 seventh-round pick said he feels he's done enough to be the starter.

"I think so," Siemian said. "I'm not the coach but I think so."

As good as their offense was, the Broncos' defense was better despite being without linebackers Von Miller and Brandon Marshall and cornerback T.J. Ward.

Denver converted the three turnovers - two fumble recoveries and an impressive interception by Chris Lewis-Harris, who wrestled the ball from 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin as both men fell to the turf - into 13 points.

San Francisco's Brian Hoyer was 8 of 11 for 89 yards and an interception while garnering a 58.5 passer rating. Third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard passed for 110 yards and a touchdown in his attempt to beat out Matt Barkley for the backup job.

"That whole game was concerning," 49ers rookie coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Start off the first half with four turnovers. The penalties. Struggling to run the ball, too. It's really tough to win when you put your team in that situation."

MILD MOMENTS

Multiple scuffles broke out when the teams held joint practices earlier in the week, but the game was relatively tame in comparison. After San Francisco linebacker Dekoda Watson was called for unnecessary roughness on the opening drive, both squads settled down.

ROOKIE WATCH

Broncos left tackle Garrett Boles had a forgettable first half. The 20th overall selection was whistled for three holding penalties and a false start in the first half. One of the holding calls negated a touchdown, while the false start came on third-and-1. Boles was born in nearby Walnut Creek, although he grew up in Utah.

San Francisco first-rounder Reuben Foster was mostly quiet, although the rookie linebacker showed good speed and range to bring down Anderson near the sidelines in the second quarter. Foster played despite suffering a sprain in his surgically repaired right shoulder during the practices with the Broncos.

FLAGS GALORE

The teams combined for 22 penalties for 176 yards, although it could have been much worse. During a punt return in the third quarter, five flags were thrown on the same play including four on the Broncos. When the dust settled, the penalties offset and the play was re-run. "It was sloppy," Joseph said.

HOYER'S WHIFF

Hoyer fumbled in the first quarter when the ball slipped out of his hand when the 49ers' quarterback was dropping back to pass. "My arm went forward and the ball didn't go with it," Hoyer said. "It's literally the worst feeling I've had as a quarterback."

LATE JUICE

Undrafted free agent Victor Bolden provided a late spark for the 49ers with a 104-yard kickoff return for touchdown.

MEMORIES

This was the Broncos' first appearance at Levi's Stadium since beating Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

TEAM TIES

The 49ers teams captains - Watson, linebacker Elvis Dumervil, left guard Zane Beadles and running back Kapri Bibbs - all previously played for the Broncos.

SITTING OUT

Both teams were without several key players. San Francisco sat defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (ankle), left guard Joshua Garnett (knee) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (hamstring), while Denver was missing running backs Devontae Booker (wrist) and Jamaal Charles (knee) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder).

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos 49ers
10:26 C.J. Anderson 1 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 7 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos 49ers
11:46 Brandon McManus 45 yd FG 10 0
06:19 Brandon McManus 51 yd FG 13 0
00:44 Jordan Taylor 19 yd pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick) 20 0

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos 49ers
13:50 George Kittle 29 yd pass from C.J. Beathard (Bradley Pinion kick) 20 7
07:27 Brandon McManus 42 yd FG 23 7

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos 49ers
06:39 Brandon McManus 40 yd FG 26 7
04:37 Juwan Thompson 20 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 33 7
04:24 Victor Bolden Jr. 104 yd kick return (Nick Rose kick) 33 14

Team Stats
  Denver San Francisco
1st Downs 22 12
Total Yards 315 243
Passing 169 206
Passing Completions/Attempts 24-31 16-25
Yards/Pass 5.1 7.9
Rushing 146 37
Rushing Attempts 34 19
Yards/Rush 4.3 1.9
Turnovers 0 5
Fumbles Lost 0 4
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 38:35 21:25

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Trevor Siemian 8 11 93 8.4 1 0
Kyle Sloter 7 7 50 7.1 0 0
Paxton Lynch 9 13 39 3.0 0 0

San Francisco Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
C.J. Beathard 7 12 110 9.2 1 0
Brian Hoyer 8 11 89 8.1 0 1
Matt Barkley 1 2 10 5.0 0 0

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Stevan Ridley 14 40 2.9 0 12
De'Angelo Henderson 6 30 5.0 0 12
Paxton Lynch 3 27 9.0 0 12
Juwan Thompson 3 26 8.7 1 20
C.J. Anderson 7 24 3.4 1 10
Kyle Sloter 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

San Francisco Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Carlos Hyde 8 26 3.2 0 7
Kapri Bibbs 4 6 1.5 0 4
C.J. Beathard 1 5 5.0 0 5
Joe Williams 1 1 1.0 0 1
Brian Hoyer 1 0 0.0 0 0
Matt Barkley 1 0 0.0 0 0
Tim Hightower 3 -1 -0.3 0 4

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Marlon Brown 2 32 16.0 0 19
Hunter Sharp 2 31 15.5 0 17
De'Angelo Henderson 2 20 10.0 0 16
Jordan Taylor 1 19 19.0 1 19
Jeff Heuerman 2 16 8.0 0 10
Bennie Fowler 3 15 5.0 0 10
C.J. Anderson 3 13 4.3 0 7
Steven Scheu 1 8 8.0 0 8
Stevan Ridley 3 7 2.3 0 5
A.J. Derby 1 6 6.0 0 6
Virgil Green 1 5 5.0 0 5
Kalif Raymond 1 4 4.0 0 4
Demaryius Thomas 1 4 4.0 0 4
Andy Janovich 1 2 2.0 0 2

San Francisco Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Marquise Goodwin 3 44 14.7 0 22
Aldrick Robinson 1 39 39.0 0 39
George Kittle 3 33 11.0 1 29
Kyle Juszczyk 1 21 21.0 0 21
Kendrick Bourne 1 17 17.0 0 17
Louis Murphy 1 15 15.0 0 15
Vance McDonald 2 14 7.0 0 7
Pierre Garcon 1 11 11.0 0 11
Blake Bell 1 10 10.0 0 10
Kapri Bibbs 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tim Hightower 1 1 1.0 0 1

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Zaire Anderson 3 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 3 0 0 0
Chris Lewis-Harris 3 0 0 0
Will Parks 3 1 0 0
Nelson Adams 2 0 0 0
Tyrique Jarrett 2 0 0 0
Corey Nelson 2 0 0 0
C.J. Anderson 1 0 0 0
Riley Dixon 1 0 0 0
Vontarrius Dora 1 0 0 0
Ken Ekanem 1 0 0 0
Quentin Gause 1 0 0 0
Adam Gotsis 1 0 0 0
Brendan Langley 1 0 0 0
Danny Mason 1 0 0 0
Domata Peko 1 1 0 0
Marcus Rios 1 0 0 0
Bradley Roby 1 0 0 0
Justin Simmons 1 0 0 0
Kevin Snyder 1 0 0 0
Aqib Talib 1 0 0 0
Kasim Edebali 0 1 0 0
Shelby Harris 0 0 0 0
Carlos Henderson 0 0 0 0
Darian Stewart 0 1 0 0
Juwan Thompson 0 0 0 0

San Francisco Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jaquiski Tartt 6 1 1 7
Don Jones 5 0 0 0
Eric Reid 5 1 0 0
Ray-Ray Armstrong 4 1 0 0
Leger Douzable 4 1 0 0
Quinton Dial 3 0 0 0
Rashard Robinson 3 0 0 0
Tank Carradine 2 0 0 0
Adrian Colbert 2 1 0 0
Brock Coyle 2 0 0 0
Lorenzo Jerome 2 0 0 0
Vinnie Sunseri 2 0 0 0
Pita Taumoepenu 1 1 1 6
NaVorro Bowman 1 1 0 0
Austin Calitro 1 0 0 0
Will Davis 1 0 0 0
Reuben Foster 1 0 0 0
Chris Jones 1 0 0 0
Raheem Mostert 1 0 0 0
Noble Nwachukwu 1 0 0 0
Keith Reaser 1 1 0 0
Shayne Skov 1 2 0 0
Ahkello Witherspoon 1 0 0 0
Arik Armstead 0 1 0 0
Garrett Celek 0 0 0 0
Marquise Goodwin 0 0 0 0
Daniel Kilgore 0 0 0 0
Earl Mitchell 0 1 0 0
Kyle Nelson 0 0 0 0
Norman Price 0 0 0 0
Joe Staley 0 0 0 0
Dekoda Watson 0 2 0 0
Joe Williams 0 0 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Chris Lewis-Harris 1 0 0

San Francisco Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brendan Langley 1 17 17.0 0 17

San Francisco Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Victor Bolden Jr. 5 184 36.8 1 104
Raheem Mostert 2 42 21.0 0 23

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Hunter Sharp 1 17 17.0 0 17
Kalif Raymond 1 2 2.0 0 2
Isaiah McKenzie 1 0 0.0 0 0

San Francisco Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trent Taylor 1 8 8.0 0 8
Jeremy Kerley 1 1 1.0 0 1
Jaquiski Tartt 1 0 0.0 0 0

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 4 4 100.0 51

San Francisco Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Riley Dixon 4 195 57

San Francisco Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bradley Pinion 4 179 49