The Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers committed three first-half turnovers, four in all, and missed a field goal in a sloppy, 10-6 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in the teams’ exhibition opener in San Francisco.
Shaun Phillips scooped up D.J. Harper’s second-quarter fumble and returned it 9 yards for the game’s lone touchdown.
Mike Adams added an interception as the Broncos began anew following a stunning double-overtime loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs last January.
With the star quarterbacks on either side — Broncos veteran Peyton Manning and 49ers third-year pro Colin Kaepernick — playing one series each, it was impossible to gauge how good their given offenses will be.
Kaepernick completed all four of his passes, two to Anquan Boldin, who was making his 49ers debut after being acquired in a trade from the Ravens. Manning was 2-for-4 for 13 yards.
New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson made field goals of 32 and 38 yards, but missed wide left on the final play before halftime.
Two plays after Phillips’ touchdown, the 49ers’ A.J. Jenkins fumbled, and Denver’s Rahim Moore recovered.
A pass by Colt McCoy intended for Jenkins late in the first half was well overthrown, and strong safety Adams easily grabbed the interception against his former team.
Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, a former Arizona State star, completed his first six passes and finished 13-for-18 for 105 yards.
Ravens 44, at Buccaneers 16: Bernard Pierce scored on a 20-yard run and a revamped Baltimore defense forced four turnovers in the Ravens’ victory in Tampa, Fla. Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor added a pair of TD passes.
Bengals 34, at Falcons 10: Rookie Giovani Bernard ran for a touchdown, backup quarterback Josh Johnson directed two second-quarter TD drives, and Cincinnati cruised in Atlanta.
New Falcons running back Steven Jackson found little blocking as he had five carries for 8 yards.
Redskins 22, at Titans 21: Kirk Cousins picked up where he left off last season filling in at quarterback, throwing for a touchdown as Washington pulled out a victory in Nashville, Tenn.
Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, coming off knee surgery, did not play. Cousins was 6-of-7 for 52 yards and a TD in two series.
Titans starter Jake Locker, a former University of Washington star, was 7-of-11 for 58 yards.
At Browns 27, Rams 19: Brandon Weeden threw a touchdown pass and led two scoring drives, and Travis Benjamin returned a punt 91 yards for a score as the Browns won in Cleveland.
The Rams’ Sam Bradford went 5-for-8 for 102 yards, including a 3-yard TD to Chris Givens.