By: Phillip Torres
SANTA CLARA- The San Francisco 49ers (4-2) are set to face the AFC Champion Denver Broncos (4-1) in Denver on Sunday Night Football. In a matchup that has two of the powerhouse teams in the NFL, the game is more than deserving to be on National Television.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is coming off of perhaps his best game of the season as he threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams. San Francisco beat the Rams 31-17 in a dominant victory on Monday Night Football. After a slow start on offense the 49ers stepped on the gas peddle and never looked back. It started with an 80 yard touchdown pass from Kap to Brandon Lloyd. The score came right before the end of the second quarter.
The Broncos are coming off of a 31-17 road victory over the New York Jets as well. The victory for Denver improved their record to 4-1 and keeps them just one game back of the San Diego Chargers. Peyton Manning remains a top quarterback in this league as he is still playing extremely well for a man his age.
San Francisco will enter the game on a three game winning streak. An impressive streak that holds victories against the 5-1 Philadelphia Eagles, Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs, and a dominant victory in ST. Louis. the winning streak has the 49ers at 4-2 and in a great position to be sitting at 5-2 going into their bye week after a victory in the Mile High City.
The task will not be easy, as Denver is still trying to prove that they are the team to beat in the AFC. The Broncos would hold a wild card spot of the season ended today, and they feel like they are a better team that that. Denver’s receiving core will be a tough task to handle for the 49ers secondary, but Perish Cox, the NFL’s interception leader will not back down from the challenge. Cox has played exceptional since taking over for the injured Tramaine Brock as the number one starting corner. Cox currently leads the NFL with three interceptions.
A victory in Denver is crucial for a few reasons. One being that the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks have easy opponents. The Seahawks will be at St. Louis and the Cardinals will be hosted by the 0-5 Oakland Raiders. If things works out the way they should, the Cardnials will be 5-1 and Seattle will be 4-2. So, a victory to put San Francisco at 5-2 is very important.