Sunday Night Football Review: San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos

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Even the most loyal of Jimmy Garoppolo fans would have a serious challenge defending his performance against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

The Broncos ran out tight 11-10 winners against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday’s matchup at the Empower Field at Mile High, home of the winning team. The Denver Broncos went behind to begin with in the first quarter, as 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk snatched a three-yard pass from quarterback Jimmy G to put the first points on the board. 

After this, the 49ers offence seemed to fall apart, with Jimmy G at the helm of the disaster. The quarter was sacked four times, and turnovers seemed to always go the Broncos way. However, the opposing side wasn’t having much luck on the offensive side either – it was the Broncos defence that was coming up trumps.

There were fumbles galore, and the Broncos defence were on top of their game. By the second and third quarter, the 49ers had not scored again, but the Broncos had put five points on the board through a 55-yard field goal, and a safety through the hands of Broncos tackle Mike Purcell.

In the fourth quarter, 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould slotted a 51-yard attempt at goal to bring the score to 10-5 -in a hope to edge the Broncos to victory. However, thanks to a run from Broncos running back Melvin Gordon, the home side topped the game for the first time with just under four minutes to go, at 11-10.

The 49ers failed to deliver after this, and were left licking their wounds as they went 1-2 so far this season. The Broncos sit with a 2-1 record so far, and would be extremely happy with their tight defensive game and offensive proweress compared to the weak efforts of the 49ers.

There seemed to be a disconnect between the 49ers offence and Jimmy G, as starting quarterback Trey Lance was ruled out for a long time last week due to a severe ankle injury. It is now up to the squad to find their rhythm again, as they face a familiar foe next week.

The Broncos will be wanting to continue the good feelings in both defence and offence camps, as they travel for their next game.

The 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, October 3, and the Broncos visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, October 2.

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