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49ers vs. Broncos: A prospector's guide

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We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the 49ers Week 6 matchup with the Denver Broncos.


The San Francisco 49ers face their toughest challenge of the young season this weekend, as they travel to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. This means we get to see a primetime affair across the country on NBC. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the game from the booth, while Michele Tafoya handles the sideline duties.

The 49ers are coming off a 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers fell behind early, trailing 14-0 after the first quarter. This game actually marked the first time the 49ers have come back to win after trailing 14-0 since 2008. The 49ers have come back from bigger deficits (down 23-3 to the Eagles in 2011), but it's been awhile since a specifically 14-0 deficit.

The last time the 49ers and Broncos squared off was 2010, and I actually attended that game. The two teams squared off in London at Wembley Stadium. Much has changed since that game. Heading into the game, the 49ers were 1-6 under Mike Singletary, while the Broncos were 2-5 under Josh McDaniels. The 49ers started Troy Smith at quarterback, but rode a 118-yard performance from Frank Gore to victory. The Broncos started Kyle Orton at quarterback. He threw for 370 yards against a secondary that included the likes of Shawntae Spencer, Nate Clements, Dashon Goldson and Taylor Mays. My how things have changed. You can check out that box score at Pro Football Reference, if you dare.

Series Highlights
Matchups: 13
Series Record: 49ers lead series 7-6
49ers Away Record vs. Broncos: Broncos lead series 3-2
First Meeting: 10/25/70, 49ers win 19-14, at SF
Last Meeting: 10/31/10, 49ers win 24-16, in London
Current Streak: Won 2
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 3 (1/28/90 - 12/15/97)
Longest Broncos Win Streak: 4 (11/18/79 - 10/9/88)
Most 49ers Points: 55 (1/28/90): 49ers win 55-10, at NO (s)
Most Broncos Points: 38 - 2 Times (Last 12/23/00): Broncos win 38-9, at Den.
49ers Shutouts: None
Broncos Shutouts: None
(s) - Super Bowl XXIV (Superdome - New Orleans, LA)

S Antoine Bethea

  • As a member of the Indianapolis Colts, recorded 9 total tackles and recovered a fumble vs. DEN. (10/20/13).

LB Ahmad Brooks

  • Registered 1.0 sacks and 2.0 total tackles vs. DEN. (10/31/10).

K Phil Dawson

  • As a member of the Cleveland Browns, made 3 of 3 FG atts., in- cluding one from 52 yds., and added 3 PATs vs. Den. (11/6/08).

RB Frank Gore

  • Recorded a then career-high 31 rush atts. for 153 yds. at Den. (12/31/06).

  • Rushed for 118 yds. and 1 TD on 29 carries vs. Den. (10/31/10).

DT Justin Smith

  • As a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, recorded 2.0 sacks for 17 yds. and 1 FF vs. Den. (10/25/04).

  • Registered 2.0 sacks of Broncos QB Kyle Orton vs. Den. (10/31/10).

2014 Statistics

49ERS (rank) BRONCOS (rank)
4-2 (2nd NFCW) Record 4-1 (2nd AFCW)
23.5 (t-17th) Points per game 29.4 (3rd)
365.3 (15th) Total Offense 389.0 (9th)
135.7 (7th) Rushing Offense 91.2 (26th)
229.7 (18th) Passing Offense 297.8 (4th)
33:38 (4th) Possession Avg 29:58 (13th)
20.5 (6th) Points allowed/gm 20.8 (7th)
287.2 (2nd) Total Defense 318.2 (4th)
79.8 (5th) Rushing Defense 76.8 (4th)
207.3 (2nd) Passing Defense 241.4 (16th)
10 (t-19th) Sacks 15 (t-7th)
44.0 (20th) Punting Avg (Gross) 46.3 (9th)
+5 (t-5th) Turnover Differential +1 (t-14th)