San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos: Report Card Grades for Each 49ers Unit

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San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos: Report Card Grades for Each 49ers Unit
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The 49ers were trounced by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 34-0 in the second week of preseason.

All right San Francisco 49ers fans, let us take a deep breath before diving into further evaluation of San Francisco's 34-0 loss at the hands of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

It is preseason—nothing more and nothing less.

Of course the bigger story was the NFL debut of Levi's Stadium and all the tales and tidbits that surrounded this state-of-the-art facility. 

We can save that topic of discussion for another time, shifting our focus on what actually transpired and how this second week of the preseason panned out for San Francisco.

In short, it was pretty bad. The 49ers have totaled a mere three points in eight total quarters thus far. Yes, it is just the preseason and San Francisco's first-team starters received limited, if any, snaps during the game.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick gave way to presumed No. 2 guy Blaine Gabbert after two drives. Gabbert's woes under center continued after a poor outing back on August 7 against the Baltimore Ravens

But Gabbert's woes were just a part of the entire ineptitude on the part of San Francisco's crop of backup quarterbacks.

Gabbert, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson all committed turnovers during the game, while Denver's quarterbacks—led by Peyton Manning—were consistently able to push back the 49ers defense over the course of the game.

That defense has its own share of questions to answer too. Rookie Jimmie Ward struggled at times, and there were some missed opportunities in spite of some decent play by some of the other members of this particular unit. 

Veteran safety Antoine Bethea also left the game with a concussion sustained in the second quarter but has indicated that he is doing well, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

San Francisco's depth players received the majority of playing time—expected during the preseason. While we cannot read too much into the final score, we do need to take an in-depth look at specifically what happened across the board.

Are there positives? Certainly there are, even if they may be hard to find.

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