Both teams enter the season with new head coaches. After a season of rumors swirling about Jim Harbaugh’s future, the 49ers and the new Michigan coach mutually parted ways at the end of the season. The team hired Jim Tomsula as the new head coach. Tomsula had previously been the 49ers defensive line coach for eight seasons.
For the Denver Broncos, the team decided to move in a different direction than John Fox. They brought in their former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in hopes that the move can help the Broncos win a Super Bowl like they did when Kubiak was a Broncos assistant.
Saturday’s game will give both teams and fans alike an opportunity to see the starters in extended minutes. In particular, the quarterback position will be a point of focus. Colin Kaepernick had a rough 2014 but hopes his offseason work can help provide a different 2015. Peyton Manning battled injuries towards the end of last season and Saturday’s game will give fans the opportunity to see if he looks like the old Peyton Manning.
Here is everything you need to know about Saturday’s preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos:
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos
Saturday, August 29th 7 PM MT/6 PM PT
KTVD (Denver affiliate)
KPIX 5 (San Francisco affiliate)
Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, California
Denver is currently favored by 5.5. (Line is according to OddsShark and subject to change)
The Broncos crushed the 49ers 42-17 during the 2014 season. Peyton Manning threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns at home against the 49ers.
San Francisco 49ers Preview
The big story for the 49ers’ last preseason game was the return of linebacker NaVorro Bowman who played for the first time since he was injured in a January 2014 playoff game. Colin Kaepernick was 2-of-5 for 13 yards in limited action. Running back Carlos Hyde had 7 carries for 39 yards. The 49ers are replacing many of their veterans from last season who have either retired or moved on to a different team. Saturday night will give us an extended look at what their 2015 team looks like.
Denver Broncos Preview
Peyton Manning is coming off his first preseason game where he was 8-of-14 for 52 yards. Both Manning and the starters will likely play into the third quarter since it is the third preseason game. C.J. Anderson had 4 carries for 24 yards while receiver Andre Caldwell had 2 receptions for 61 yards including a touchdown.