The Denver Broncos put a mighty hurting on the 49ers as they were out-manned and outplayed on both sides of the field. It was clear from the outset that the Niners patch-work defense was not going to be able to keep up with Peyton Manning and his precision offense. What was surprising was how thoroughly ineffective the 49ers offense was against the Denver defense. Granted that the offensive line is also ailing and they have not been able to put together a consistent performance all year.
Most of the team's success on offense has been Colin Kaepernick's ability to create plays when the pocket breaks down. It has been a rare occurrence when Kap is able to pass from a clean pocket, and the same held true against the Broncos. Kaepernick was sacked 6 times and was constantly on the run against opposing pass rushers. Simply put, this offensive line, in it's current form, can neither block for the running game or protect the quarterback. It is a clear area of concern for Trent Baalke, and I have no doubt that he will make it a priority to strengthen this group, as he did with the wide receivers.
There is no positive thing I can take from this game other than congratulating Manning on breaking Favre's record, and looking ahead to healthy bodies coming back after the bye week. It is not a panic situation for the 49ers. They will certainly get healthier and bounce back strong in the second half of the season. The sting of any loss still hurts though, and it will be a long two weeks without 49ers football.
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