Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 8/26/12

Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos makes a catch for a touchdown as cornerback Tramaine Brock #26 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the first quarter of a pre-season game at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A 17-0 head start, courtesy Peyton Manning, wasn’t enough for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were shut out in the second half for the second week in a row, and a host of San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks made just enough plays for the 49ers to kick five field goals and come back to defeat the Broncos in Week Three preseason action by a score of 29-24.

The Broncos fall to 1-2 in preseason work with the loss, another disappointing outing for the backup defense and offense.

For his part, starting QB Peyton Manning was spectacular. He went 10-for-12 for 122 yards and two touchdowns in less than a quarter of work. Manning’s performance was a relief to Broncos fans — it will be his last warm-up before the season opener two weeks from tonight. The Broncos will travel to Arizona for their preseason finale, but Manning is not expected to play.

Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie was the only other quarterback to engineer a scoring drive, although he did that with the starting offensive line protecting him. Both Brock Osweiler and Adam Weber were left to their pressure-handling devices as backup offensive linemen continuously left them feeling the heat. For his part, Osweiler performed well; Weber didn’t play long enough to evaluate fairly.

Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman made his NFL preseason debut, showing impressive speed on a number of runs (long of 14), but tackles behind the line of scrimmage left him with a 2.9 average on 10 carries.

We’ll have much more on the results of this game in the near future, especially as the Broncos are required to trim their 90-man roster to 75 players by tomorrow afternoon. Who lost a roster spot this afternoon, and how concerned are you about the Broncos’ depth?

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