In one of the most frustrating games of the season, the Broncos fell to the 49ers 20-14. This loss comes after three straight AFC wins and is a major setback to Denver’s playoff hopes.
The Broncos probably would’ve won this game if they wouldn’t have looked like a damn pee-wee football team in the first half and played a little bit of defense on some dude named George Kittle.
To put that in perspective, San Francisco took Kittle the pick after Denver took tight-end Jake Butt. The dude had seven catches for 210 yards and a touchdown.
ARE YOU SERIOUS? 210 YARDS? IN THE FIRST HALF?
Play a little defense! C’mon man! The defense held tough in the second half, but the first half was what did the Broncos in.
A pleasant surprise for Denver this week were two younger receivers in Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton. The two combined for 132 yards on 14 catches — one of those being Hamilton’s first career touchdown reception.
After Emmanuel Sanders tore his achilles in practice this week, the team had to turn to three rookie receivers to hold the line and they did a stellar job. In the end though, it was the Broncos’ run game and play calling that was especially lacking.
Running back Phillip Lindsay only averaged two yards per carry, while Royce Freeman ran the ball six times for just 36 yards.
In the fourth quarter, the Broncos were faced with multiple fourth downs they needed to convert on. Down just 13 with a good chunk of the final quarter remaining, head coach Vance Joseph decided to go for it instead of kicking chip shot field goals. And each time, the Niners stuffed Denver’s asses. Joseph’s poor play calling and decision making was confusing as all hell and could very well have ended up costing the Broncos the game.
If Denver is to have any chance of making the playoffs, they’ll need to win out and pray for a couple of AFC foe losses. They play Cleveland at home Saturday night, followed by the Raiders in Oakland and the Chargers at home. If the Broncos keep playing with a thumb up their asses, none of those games are gimmes by any means.