The San Francisco 49ers’ first game in brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California did not go well. The Denver Broncos dominated the game from start to finish to earn a 34-0 victory.
The Broncos got things started in the first quarter when Matt Prater hit a 26-yard field goal after a 10-play, 47-yard drive. The Broncos obviously wanted Peyton Manning to get a little more work on the afternoon and left him in in the second quarter. It paid off as Manning led the Broncos on a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Julius Thomas. Manning finished the day going 12-of-14 for 102 yards and a touchdown. Thomas had three receptions for 35 yards.
He was relieved by Brock Osweiler, who led a pair of touchdown drives. A one-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson with just two seconds left in the first half made it 17-0. After an interception by Tony Carter in the third quarter, Osweiler hit rookie Cody Latimer for a 33-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 24-0.
The interception was thrown by Blaine Gabbert, who was traded to the 49ers by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason. He was eight-of-14 for just 40 yards and the pick. Colin Kaepernick didn’t fare too well either, finishing five-of-nine for 39 yards. In fact, it was a terrible day for the entire 49ers’ offense. Their leading rusher, Jewel Hampton had just 22 yards on nine carries and they only managed 230 total yards with 81 one of them coming on the final drive of the game. The 49ers also committed four turnovers while the Broncos did not turn the ball over.
The Broncos added another field goal and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Zac Dysert to Cameron Morrah following a Steve Johnson interception of McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the fourth quarter to make it 34-0 to make up the final margin.
The Broncos will be back in action Saturday night when they play host to the Houston Texans while the 49ers will host the San Diego Chargers Sunday afternoon.