Broncos trample 49ers in preseason action
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Peyton Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, and the Denver Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 yesterday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium.
The 38-year-old Manning, beginning his 17th season after throwing for an NFL-record 55 touchdown passes last year, completed 12 of 14 passes for 102 yards and a 120.8 rating.
Colin Kaepernick went 5 for 9 for 39 yards in his two series for ther 49ers (0-2) before a sellout crowd at the team’s flashy new digs in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes beat the Seattle Sounders in the stadium’s first sporting event Aug. 1.
Demaryius Thomas had three catches on Denver’s opening drive, including a 20-yard gain.
He has 10 receptions for 89 yards in Denver’s two victories against the NFC West’s powerhouses, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco.
Elsewhere, Cam Newton made a successful return following ankle surgery, Jonathan Stewart ran for two touchdowns and Carolina beat Kansas City.
Newton completed four of nine passes for 65 yards and led a pair of touchdown drives before exiting late in the second quarter with Carolina (1-1) up 14-6.
Stewart ran for 26 yards on four carries and made a strong case to be the Panthers’ goal-line back—if not their primary ball carrier—with scoring runs of three and two yards.
Carolina managed just a yard in on its first three possessions before Stewart provided a spark with a 17-yard run.
The Panthers scored touchdowns on their next two possessions.
Alex Smith was 14 of 22 for 127 yards for Kansas City (1-1). Rookie Aaron Murray’s first NFL pass resulted in a 43-yard touchdown strike, but he also had an interception.