Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 29, Broncos 24

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Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 29, Broncos 24

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DENVER -- The 49ers pursued Peyton Manning on Sunday.And they certainly could not catch up to the Denver Broncos' first-team offense while Manning was on the field.Playing without hobbled starters Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman, the 49ers did not offer much resistance to Manning, who led the Broncos to two touchdowns and a field goal during his one quarter of action.Bringing back memories of last season, David Akers kicked five field goals in the 49ers' 29-24 exhibition victory. Akers made kicks of 33, 45, 21, 32 and 44 yards.Smith (right hip) and Bowman (left knee) went through warmups but were held out of Sunday's game. Third cornerback Chris Culliver (right knee) also did not play.Manning had his way on Sunday, completing 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating was 148.6.Manningham grieves: Receiver Mario Manningham did not make the trip to Denver just a couple days after his grandfather passed away. Tight end Delanie Walker (right knee) traveled but did not suit up.Running back Brandon Jacobs (left knee) and LaMichael James (left ankle) did not travel after sustaining injuries in the 49ers' exhibition game last week against the Houston Texans.There's a possibility Jacobs will be ready for the start of the regular season. James saw limited practice time last week.Ginn injured: Receiver Ted Ginn hopped off the field in the third quarter with a right ankle injury after gaining 9 yards on a fly sweep. Ginn nursed knee and ankle injuries late last season, and he was unavailable for the NFC championship game. If Ginn is unable to play in the season opener, Kyle Williams would be expected to handle punt-return chores.Passer watch: Alex Smith completed 5 of 7 passes for 69 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown toss to Vernon Davis. And Colin Kaepernick entered and completed all four of his attempts for 80 yards. Combined, the 49ers' top two quarterbacks had a passer rating of 149.1.Scott Tolzien was the third 49ers' quarterback into the game. He completed 1 of 4 passes for 16 yards. Josh Johnson finished the game.Dixon scores: Anthony Dixon, fighting for a spot on the 49ers' roster, helped himself with a good showing. Dixon had a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He had 11 carries for 54 yards.Brock rocked: Tramaine Brock, who was the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback, had a difficult day in coverage and had a missed tackle, too. Brock surrendered a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker in the first quarter, as the Broncos built a 17-0 lead.Meanwhile, reserve cornerback Perrish Cox had an interception of a Caleb Hanie pass shortly after entering the game. Cox also had some struggles with two missed tackles.Notes: Randy Moss made his first exhibition start, but he did not catch a pass. . . . Outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari entered the game with the 49ers' No. 2 defense. However, he played just two snaps before sustaining a concussion. Veteran Ikaika Alama-Francis replaced Bakhtiari . . . The 49ers used a lineup that featured Leonard Davis, Will Tukuafu, Konrad Reuland and Garrett Celek as eligible receivers on five consecutive plays.

49ers have blank canvas at QB position

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49ers have blank canvas at QB position

INDIANAPOLIS – With the expected formality of Colin Kaepernick opting out of his contract, the 49ers have no quarterbacks lined up for the 2017 season.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he is lumping free-agents-to-be Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis into the same category with all the other quarterbacks who will be available for the 49ers this offseason.

“We don’t have anybody on our roster, so I throw them all in the category of everybody else who’s a free agent and the possibilities going into the draft,” Shanahan said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

”Those are the guys we’re comparing who you see in the free-agent market, who there is in the draft and trade possibilities and guys on the roster last year is who we’re picking from.”

The free-agent signing period begins on March 9. Over the next eight weeks, Shanahan will also be busy evaluating the crop of rookie quarterbacks – a process he is just now beginning, he said.

“I’ll spend this week getting to know these guys and watching a lot of tape back in the hotel room and have an idea of who everybody is, just from the interview process,” Shanahan said.

Falcons coach Quinn: 49ers' offense, defense in good hands

Falcons coach Quinn: 49ers' offense, defense in good hands

INDIANAPOLIS – Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn believes the 49ers’ offense and defense have capable people charge.

Quinn, speaking Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, has worked on the same staffs with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who will run the team’s offense, and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Saleh, who served as Jacksonville’s linebackers coach the past three season, spent one season on the Seattle staff when Quinn was defensive coordinator.

“He has a really good and rock-solid understanding of the principles of playing three-deep and man-to-man,” Quinn said of Saleh. “He’s an excellent teacher. And, I think, as a coordinator that’s a really important thing, especially when you’re first putting the whole thing together so everyone has a real clear understanding and they’re all on the same page. So I think he’ll do a fantastic job.”

Shanahan did not hire an assistant to serve under the title of offensive coordinator. Instead, he will assume those duties with the 49ers while also overseeing the entire operation as head coach. Shanahan has been an NFL offensive coordinator for eight seasons, including the past two under Quinn with the Falcons.

“He is one of the few coaches who has a full understanding – run game, offensive line, quarterback play, receiver play,” Quinn said of Shanahan. “You could put him into any spot on the offense, and he’ll be able to coach that position. That’s a rare trait. There are some guys who are sto strong in one area. It might be in the run game or so strong in the pass game. But he has a really clear understanding how to do the whole thing.

“I never like to see anybody leave the staff, but what I can appreciate is a guy taking a risk to say, ‘Hey, I want to give this a shot and go battle for it.’ So I’m excited for him and the opportunity he has there.”