Broncos ten, 49ers six

Broncos 10, 49ers six. With AP Pictures.By JANIE McCAULEYAP Sports Author

Denver linebacker Shaun Phillips has forced enough fumbles in his day that he doesn't mind the occasional cleanup work of just pouncing on the ball and securely recovering it.

He acquired a little far more than that in the Broncos' 10-6 exhibition win against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday evening, scooping up D.J. Harper's 2nd-quarter fumble and returning it 9 yards for the game's lone touchdown.

The rest of the defense did its part making plays all above the field, too. The Super Bowl runner-up 49ers had problems in all phases.

Right here are 5 factors this game did not reside up to the hype of prospective Super Bowl preview for what many take into account the best two teams in the NFL - San Francisco and Denver are 1-two in the AP Pro32 NFL energy rankings.

one. THE QUARTERBACKS: Those supporters at Candlestick Park who had been nonetheless in the concession lines or garnishing their hot canines may have missed the two star quarterbacks on either side - Broncos veteran Peyton Manning and third-12 months professional Colin Kaepernick - as they played all of 1 series each. Kaepernick finished all four of his passes, two to Anquan Boldin in his 49ers debut following becoming acquired in a trade from the Ravens 49ers Store. Manning was two for four for 13 yards.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had regarded offering Kaepernick one a lot more series, but liked what he saw from the very first-crew offense - nonetheless brief.

''The execution was excellent,'' Harbaugh said. ''I felt like he had gotten enough reps.''

two. BALL-HAWKING BRONCOS: Defense won this game, Denver's defense. Phillips' fumble return and touchdown highlighted a four-turnover night made by the Broncos D. The unit held San Francisco to 288 yards - 68 a lot more than Denver managed - and kept the 49ers out of the finish zone.

''I was pleased with the plus-four turnover ratio,'' coach John Fox mentioned. ''We didn't flip it over and we took it away four occasions. That's an region that we wanted to improve on. The balls we acquired our hands on on defense, we caught. And these had been massive variables in the game.''

three. THE A.J. Aspect: A.J. Jenkins followed a forgettable rookie season a yr in the past with a forgettable preseason debut.

When asked about Jenkins, Harbaugh presented only: ''Could have been far better. We have function to do in places.''

Jenkins faces substantial expectations after the 1st-round choose went without a catch in his hugely scrutinized rookie 12 months Patrick Willis Jersey. The 49ers are dependent on him to create even though prime 2012 wideout Michael Crabtree spends considerably of the season recovering from surgical procedure on his torn Achilles' tendon, and Mario Manningham works back from knee surgery.

Only two plays following Phillips scored midway via the 2nd quarter, Jenkins caught an 11-yard pass from Scott Tolzien and fumbled. Denver's Rahim Moore recovered.

''I just misplaced it,'' Jenkins explained. ''Right now, I have received to search at the movie and see what I've received to work on. I am sure no person feels it was their best game.''

A pass by Colt McCoy intended for Jenkins late in the 1st half was properly overthrown and sturdy safety Mike Adams easily grabbed the interception towards his former group Colin Kaepernick Jersey.

4. DAWSON'S LEG: New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson produced area targets of 32 and 38 yards, but missed broad left on the ultimate perform just before halftime with the flags whipping on a awesome summer evening by the bay. It will be a function in progress obtaining comfy in Candlestick Park's unpredictable winds.

''Encouraging,'' Harbaugh mentioned. ''Real very good pregame.''

five. WELCOME WELKER: Peyton Manning's new wideout, Wes Welker, was targeted just when in Denver's opening drive - and then he called it a day in a quick Broncos debut No complaints, though, or worries.

''I have had a lot of preseasons in which I had no catches going into the 12 months,'' he said. ''It's just a matter of getting our execution down.''