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DENVER – The 49ers’ three-game win streak was snapped Sunday night. And there was not a lot of drama or doubt bout it in their 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
In a game that featured plenty of things that went wrong for the 49ers, here are three of the more notable negatives:
1. Pass defense: The 49ers ranked second in pass defense in the NFL entering the game, and their collection of players in the defensive backfield had played very well through six games.
But Peyton Manning and his group of receivers simply toyed with them.
Heck, Manning was apparently so confident he would toss at least three touchdown passes that he orchestrated the silly celebration of the receivers pretending to play keep-away with the record touchdown pass.
The 49ers were soundly beaten, and there wasn’t anybody who did not share in some way in the disaster.
2. Passing offense: Michael Crabtree’s quest to become one of the highest-paid receivers in the game is not going well.
Vernon Davis, still bothered by injuries, does not look right.
And even Anquan Boldin dropped an easy touchdown pass.
The pass protection was particularly bad in the second half. And after a very impressive first half, Colin Kaepernick threw a costly interception when his overthrow into a tight window on the first possession of the second half landed in the hands of Denver cornerback Aqib Talib.
And when he had a large opening on Brandon Lloyd’s deep post, Kaepernick missed him, too.
3. Kilgore’s injury: The 49ers will never have their starting offensive line together for a full game due to center Daniel Kilgore’s apparent season-ending fractured left lower leg.
Kilgore was a pleasant surprise through six games, as he had done a very good job both physically and mentally of replacing veteran Jonathan Goodwin.
His injury and expected long-term absence impacts the 49ers more negatively than the loss itself.