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Broncos dominate 49ers 34-0 in first game at SF’s new stadium

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It’s just the preseason, as the old refrain goes. But even so, the Denver Broncos’ 34-0 trampling of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon was a heck of a statement.

Virtually everything seemed to go right for Denver. Peyton Manning’s 12-for-14 performance, for 102 yards and a touchdown, was to be expected. But when the relatively untested Brock Osweiler leads two scoring drives, and rookie Cody Latimer snags a spectacular 33-yard touchdown against an allegedly scrappy SF defense, you know the team’s hitting on all cylinders.

Demaryius Thomas had three catches on Denver’s opening drive, including a 20-yard gain. C.J. Anderson bagged a short TD, while both Matt Prater Mitch Ewald chalked up field goals.

Not to be outdone, the Denver defense grabbed a pair of interceptions and a couple of fumbles, not to mention a gritty goal-line stop to end the game.

For the Niners, there was little to be happy about, despite the shiny new Levi’s Stadium. The loss follows an Aug. 7 drubbing at the hands of the Ravens, 23-3. At least quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn’t totally embarrass himself in his two series on the field (5 for 9, 39 yards), which is more than several other San Francisco starters could say.

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