Peyton Manning may have shredded the 49ers defense while he was on the field but David Akers still managed to personally outscore the veteran quarterback thanks to five field goals in San Francisco's 29-24 win over the Denver Broncos.
Akers looked about as sharp as a placekicker can look, nailing all five of his attempts including a 45-yarder. The 37-year-old Akers made nine straight points in the fourth quarter to give the 49ers a lead they'd never relinquish and outscored Manning 15-12 in the process.
The outcome might have been different though if Manning played more than a quarter. The new Broncos signal caller carefully tore apart a usually unyielding 49ers defense, completing 10 of his 12 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns to Eric Decker. San Francisco would eventually get a break when Caleb Hanie replaced Manning and threw an interception to former Bronco Perrish Cox on his first drive.
The only 49ers first-stringer touchdown would come on a 44-yard strike from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis in the waning seconds of the first quarter. Anthony Dixon also found pay dirt later in the third with a 26-yard touchdown scamper but Akers would do the rest of the damage.
Smith finished the day 5-of-7 for 69 yards and a touchdown and Colin Kaepernick continued to impress completing all four of his pass attempts for 80 yards. The 49ers would total 139 yards on the ground lead by Dixon's 58 yards on 13 carries.
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