At San Francisco
4:05 pm ET
Key Coaching Decision # 1: (DEN ball, trailing 20-7/ Fourth-and-3, DEN 44/ 12:48 Q4)
• Denver went for it on fourth down and they handed the ball to star running back Phillip Lindsay who was stopped short off the first down and the 49ers take over on downs.
Key Coaching Decision # 2: (DEN ball, trailing 20-7/ Fourth-and-3, SF 22/ 8:42 Q4)
• In San Francisco territory the Broncos decided to go for it on fourth down again and Case Keenum passed to Phillip Lindsay who gained one yard and was stopped short.
Key Coaching Decision # 3: (SF ball, leading 20-14/ Third-and-3, DEN 39/ 2:39 Q4)
• Nick Mullens dropped back and completed a six yard pass to WR Trent Taylor for the first down to extend the drive. San Francisco controlled the clock and then finally turned the ball over on downs in Denver territory with less then 10 seconds remaining in the game to preserve the victory.
• This is a loss that will no doubt come back to haunt the Broncos as they push for a playoff spot. This was a must win against a team that they should have beaten. Denver came out flat and could never recover from a 20-point deficit.
• Vance Joseph decided to go for it on fourth down seven times in the second half and was successful on five of the attempts. The two attempts that were unsuccessful hurt the most as their best offensive player Phillip Lindsay could not convert to keep the drives alive.
• San Francisco tight end George Kittle had an incredible game and finished with 7 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown all in the first half.