49ers flop in first game at Levi’s Stadium


As I’ve previously written, don’t worry too much about wins and losses in the preseason. The results and records have no bearing on the regular campaign, but getting blown out in the first game at your new stadium is not how you want to start.

Peyton Manning was dominant as the Denver Broncos steamrolled the San Francisco 49ers, 34-0, in the Red and Gold’s new home debut. Colin Kaepernick wasn’t as impressive as his counterpart, going 5-9 for 39 yards. Kevin Greene would pull in a 48 yard reception, the longest catch and most yards for a Niner receiver on the day, but little else was exhibited offensively.

San Francisco is now 0-2 in the preseason and has been outscored 57-3. They have yet to see the end zone and haven’t scored in seven straight quarters.

“We have to get better…We have to tighten this down fast,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the loss. But others weren’t as concerned.

“It doesn’t bother me at all, and I’m sure it doesn’t bother any of my teammates,” tight end Vernon Davis said of the losses. Free safety Eric Reid seemed to echo Davis’ sentiments adding, “We have to be patient. The coaches have a gameplan. They know what they are doing.”

The game was a very obvious example of preseason football. The Niners are playing it safe, not using too many starters and keeping a basic gameplan. They did the same in Harbaugh’s first preseason, and went 13-3, won the West and made it to the NFC Championship game.

This game should be nothing like the upcoming Week 7 battle in Denver. With both teams playing their starters, it should be a hard fought battle between two of the NFL elites.

Losing by 34 is never ideal, but relax, it’s just the preseason. Let’s make the mistakes now so when Week 1 rolls around in Dallas, the Quest for Six kicks off with a bang.

Notes: Antoine Bethea was suffering from concussion symptoms, but left the field under his own power and should be ready for the regular season. The normally automatic Phil Dawson went wide right twice today, showing some difficulty in adjusting to his new stadium. The backup quarterback situation is dire; Blaine Gabbert looks like a deer in the headlights, so Josh Johnson or McLeod Bethel-Thompson could easily nab the number two spot with solid practices/game performances.

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