Denver Broncos effectively shut down San Francisco's offense Thursday night. It was the first preseason game for both the Denver Broncos and 49ers.
Denver linebacker Shaun Phillips has forced enough fumbles in his day that he doesn't mind the occasional cleanup job of just pouncing on the ball and safely recovering it.
He got a little more than that in the Broncos' 10-6 exhibition win against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, scooping up D.J. Harper's second-quarter fumble and returning it 9 yards for the game's lone touchdown.
The rest of the defense did its part making plays all over the field, too. The Super Bowl runner-up 49ers had issues in all phases.
Here are five reasons this game didn't live up to the hype of potential Super Bowl preview for what many consider the best two teams in the NFL — San Francisco and Denver are 1-2 in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.