San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos 10/19/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Broncos 42
Finishing up the day’s NFL slate on “Sunday Night Football,” we had a game stuffed with storylines--or really just one in particular. The 49ers were heading to Denver to take on the Broncos, and Peyton Manning needed just three touchdown passes to break Brett Favre’s career mark of 508. Spoiler alert--he got it, and it was a big night for Denver overall.
Let’s take a look at some of the key players and statistics in this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 8 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Broncos didn’t waste a whole lot of time getting Manning his record. Emmanuel Sanders got things started on a 3-yard TD pass midway through the first, while Wes Welker added another on a 39-yard score of his own to tie the all-time record. Denver dominated the quarter 14-0.
The Niners started to show a little life in the second, connecting on a 22-yard Phil Dawson field goal. Shortly after that, however, came the play you’ll be seeing on highlight reels for the rest of the NFL’s existence. Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas on a sweet 8-yard pass TD that broke the record, cemented Manning’s legacy and made the score 21-3. The excitement still hadn’t calmed down in the stadium when San Francisco posted a 4-yard Stevie Johnson TD from Colin Kaepernick as the first half expired.
In the third, Manning began distancing himself from Favre, logging a 40-yard TD pass to Thomas once again. Ronnie Hillman would then get in on the act, posting touchdown runs of 37 and 1 yards, putting the game effectively out of reach a 42-10.
The Niners would add a garbage time TD for cosmetic effect, but the 42-17 score was an afterthought to Manning’s historic night, anyway.
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The Stars: There’s no secret who the hero here is, obviously. Manning posted 22-of-26 passing for his four scores and 318 yards to go along with them. Benefiting most was Thomas, who hauled in eight passes for 171 yards and two scores. Hillman added 74 yards on 14 attempts for a pair of touchdowns himself.
The Goats: There’s not much to get excited about on the Niners’ side. Frank Gore posted just 20 yards on nine carries, and as a team San Francisco rushed for 62 yards. That’s bad news if you’re trying to keep the Denver offense off the field. Kaepernick was sacked six times in the face of a relentless assault that didn’t allow him to do much in the way of highlights.
Injuries: Both teams got hit with injuries. Niners C Daniel Kilgore reportedly broke his ankle in the third. Also, Denver’s Steven Johnson (ankle) and Omar Bolden (head) came out as well.
Outlook: The Broncos won’t get too long to celebrate this one. They’re right back to work on “Thursday Night Football” this week against the Chargers (Oct. 23; 8:25 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the 49ers will get a chance to rest and go back to the drawing board this week when they have their bye.
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