San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

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Game Information
Location: Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 72,679

DENVER (AP) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo each made a triumphant return to action Monday night when the San Francisco 49ers' backups engineered a 24-15 preseason win over the Denver Broncos.

Sanders' comeback overshadowed Garoppolo's return.

After thoughts of his double-ankle surgery nearly brought him to tears in the tunnel before the game, Sanders caught a 5-yard pass from Joe Flacco on the Broncos' first offensive play and added a 19-yard run on a reverse in his first game since tearing his left Achilles tendon in practice last December.

He also hauled in a 45-yard reception that was erased by left tackle Garett Bolles' holding penalty, but what he lamented most was not scoring on the reverse.

"The old `E' would have scored," Sanders said.

Bolles' penalty didn't detract from Sanders' big night.

"Unfortunately, we got the holding call," Sanders said. "But it felt good to be back on the football field, making plays and exciting the crowd. This is my adrenaline rush."

Garoppolo was glad to get back on the field, too, even though he went just 1 for 6 for zero yards and an interception in his first game since suffering a season-ending knee injury last September.

"It's something I haven't done in a year obviously, so I've got to knock the rust off," Garoppolo said. "Thankfully we have a short week this week so we can bounce back quickly. First step of getting back into it."

Garoppolo's first pass was knocked down by defensive lineman Shelby Harris and his second one was intercepted by cornerback Isaac Yiadom when he was pressured by Bradley Chubb. His third pass was tipped and cornerback De'Vante Bausby broke up his fourth attempt.

Chris Harris Jr. pressured Garoppolo into an incompletion from his end zone before Garoppolo finally completed a screen pass to running back Matt Breida, who was corralled by Shelby Harris at the San Francisco 6 for no gain.

"It's a big hurdle to get out there for the first time but we haven't seen any issues with the knee," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I forget about it except he's wearing a brace."

The knee wasn't on Garoppolo's mind, either.

"I wasn't thinking about it so I was happy about that," Garoppolo said. "It didn't bother me too much."

Broncos safety Justin Simmons said that while he was pleased with how Denver stifled Garoppolo, the quarterback's stat line was by no means a barometer of where he is in his comeback.

"It helps because we practiced against him twice. I mean, he still has it," Simmons said. "You watched him in practice and he made a lot of nice throws, he made a lot of nice reads and he helped us big-time in our development throughout the week."

Based on their work together over three days, Simmons said football fans should expect big things from the Niners' offense and Denver's defense this season.

LOCKED OUT

Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock jammed his right thumb when he was sacked on the first series of the second half, cutting short his most significant action of the preseason in his quest to win the backup job, and Kevin Hogan finished up.

Coach Vic Fangio said he thought Lock's injury was minor, and Lock said X-rays were negative.

"I jammed my thumb playing basketball a thousand times," Lock said, adding he hoped to play next weekend.

GHOST OF PEYTON MANNING

This marked Flacco's first game in front of his new home crowd.

"It was a lot of fun. I know it's not a full stadium yet (13,447 no-shows)," Flacco said. "One thing I really noticed: you could tell Peyton played here because when the offense has the ball, man, you could hear a pin drop. That was a little different, to be honest with you.

"It's always quiet obviously for the home team when they're on offense, but that was a little extra. I feel like I heard my voice echoing in the stadium," Flacco said. "So, I was a little thrown off by that."

INJURIES: Broncos first-rounder Noah Fant injured his right foot when DB Tarvarius Moore fell on him in the second quarter. DL Damontre Moore (thumb) and FS Adrian Colbert (hamstring) were among the 49ers hurt. Fangio said Fant's injury appeared to be minor.

UP NEXT

49ers: Play at the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night.

Broncos: Play at the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Broncos
10:29 Brandon McManus 31 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Broncos
05:19 Brandon McManus 33 yd FG 0 6
02:31 Robbie Gould 42 yd FG 3 6
00:00 Brandon McManus 52 yd FG 3 9

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Broncos
10:46 Raheem Mostert 30 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 10 9
05:17 Jeff Wilson Jr. 1 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 17 9

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Broncos
05:13 Kendrick Bourne 1 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Robbie Gould kick) 24 9
02:15 Kevin Hogan 24 yd run (failed 2pt Rush) 24 15

Team Stats
  San Francisco Denver
1st Downs 15 18
Total Yards 278 215
Passing 93 102
Passing Completions/Attempts 8-20 19-38
Yards/Pass 4.0 2.3
Rushing 185 113
Rushing Attempts 29 27
Yards/Rush 6.4 4.2
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 25:05 34:55

San Francisco Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
C.J. Beathard 5 11 81 7.4 0 0
Nick Mullens 2 3 27 9.0 1 0
Jimmy Garoppolo 1 6 0 0.0 0 1
Wilton Speight 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joe Flacco 7 11 59 5.4 0 0
Drew Lock 7 12 40 3.3 0 0
Kevin Hogan 5 15 40 2.7 0 1

San Francisco Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Raheem Mostert 6 58 9.7 1 30
Deebo Samuel 1 45 45.0 0 45
Jeff Wilson Jr. 9 33 3.7 1 7
Austin Walter 6 22 3.7 0 6
Tevin Coleman 3 21 7.0 0 12
Matt Breida 1 4 4.0 0 4
Brandon Wilds 1 3 3.0 0 3
Nick Mullens 1 0 0.0 0 0
Wilton Speight 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Kevin Hogan 2 26 13.0 1 24
Emmanuel Sanders 1 19 19.0 0 19
Devontae Booker 4 15 3.8 0 7
Phillip Lindsay 5 14 2.8 0 5
David Williams 4 12 3.0 0 14
Drew Lock 2 11 5.5 0 7
Tim Patrick 1 10 10.0 0 10
Devontae Jackson 3 6 2.0 0 3
Royce Freeman 5 0 0.0 0 5

San Francisco Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Raheem Mostert 2 42 21.0 0 38
Kendrick Bourne 2 27 13.5 1 26
Kaden Smith 1 17 17.0 0 17
Richie James Jr. 1 14 14.0 0 14
Jeff Wilson Jr. 1 8 8.0 0 8
Matt Breida 1 0 0.0 0 0

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Courtland Sutton 2 28 14.0 0 21
Juwann Winfree 2 24 12.0 0 21
Kelvin McKnight 3 21 7.0 0 8
DaeSean Hamilton 2 21 10.5 0 13
Tim Patrick 1 12 12.0 0 12
Devontae Booker 2 8 4.0 0 8
Noah Fant 2 7 3.5 0 11
Royce Freeman 1 6 6.0 0 6
Emmanuel Sanders 1 5 5.0 0 5
Troy Fumagalli 1 4 4.0 0 4
Nick Williams 1 3 3.0 0 3
George Aston 1 0 0.0 0 0

San Francisco Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
D.J. Reed Jr. 5 1 0 0
Azeez Al-Shaair 4 1 0 0
Dontae Johnson 4 0 0 0
Jaquiski Tartt 4 1 0 0
Kentavius Street 3 1 1.5 5
Jeremiah Valoaga 3 4 0.5 5
Jay Bromley 2 1 2 12
Mark Nzeocha 2 0 1 6
David Mayo 2 1 0 0
Tarvarius Moore 2 0 0 0
Solomon Thomas 2 2 0 0
Marcell Harris 1 1 1 9
Jamell Garcia-Williams 1 0 0 0
Kevin Givens 1 0 0 0
Dre Greenlaw 1 3 0 0
Emmanuel Moseley 1 1 0 0
LaRoy Reynolds 1 1 0 0
Malcolm Smith 1 0 0 0
Jordan Thompson 1 0 0 0
Ahkello Witherspoon 1 0 0 0
Sheldon Day 0 0 0 0
Marquise Goodwin 0 0 0 0
Malik Henry 0 0 0 0
Jordan Matthews 0 0 0 0
Damontre Moore 0 0 0 0
Wilton Speight 0 0 0 0
Mitch Wishnowsky 0 0 0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Keishawn Bierria 3 2 0 0
Trey Marshall 3 0 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 3 2 0 0
Bradley Chubb 2 1 1 6
Dekoda Watson 2 0 1 5
Shelby Harris 2 0 0 0
Chris Harris Jr. 2 0 0 0
Alijah Holder 2 0 0 0
Trey Johnson 2 0 0 0
Josh Watson 2 1 0 0
Adam Gotsis 1 0 0 0
A.J. Johnson 1 1 0 0
Mike Purcell 1 0 0 0
De'Vante Bausby 0 0 0 0
Ahmad Gooden 0 1 0 0
Justin Hollins 0 2 0 0
Bug Howard 0 0 0 0
Dre'Mont Jones 0 1 0 0
Zach Kerr 0 1 0 0
Dymonte Thomas 0 1 0 0
Shamarko Thomas 0 0 0 0
DeShawn Williams 0 3 0 0
David Williams 0 0 0 0
Isaac Yiadom 0 0 0 0

San Francisco Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Dontae Johnson 1 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Isaac Yiadom 1 1 0

San Francisco Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Richie James Jr. 2 80 40.0 0 48

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Devontae Jackson 1 22 22.0 0 22

San Francisco Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Richie James Jr. 3 19 6.3 0 7

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
River Cracraft 2 12 6.0 0 7
Kelvin McKnight 1 0 0.0 0 0
Nick Williams 1 0 0.0 0 0

San Francisco Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Robbie Gould 1 1 100.0 42

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 3 3 100.0 52

San Francisco Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Mitch Wishnowsky 6 288 54

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colby Wadman 7 349 56