Bron­cos (6-6) at 49ers (2-10)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Week 14 Matchups - Kyle Mad­son

L ..... at Min­nesota ..... 24-16 W .......... Detroit .......... 30-27 L .... at Kansas City .... 38-27 L ....... at Charg­ers ....... 29-27 L ........... Ari­zona ........... 28-18 L ..... at Green Bay ..... 33-30 L ........ L.A. Rams ........ 39-10 L ........ at Ari­zona ........ 18-15 W ........... Oak­land ........... 34-3 L ....... N.Y. Gi­ants ....... 27-23 Nov. 18 .............. Bye ............. L ....... at Tampa Bay ....... 27-9 L ........ at Seat­tle ........ 43-16 Dec. 9 ....... Den­ver ....... 4:05 Dec. 16 ...... Seat­tle ...... 4:05 Dec. 23 ..... Chicago ..... 4:05 Dec. 30 .at L.A. Rams .4:25

Sun­day, 4:05 p.m. Sta­dium, Santa Clara

TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 6

Bron­cos’ keys to vic­tory: Den­ver needs a good game from QB Case Keenum. San Fran­cisco will try to take away RBs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Free­man, leav­ing the onus on Keenum to make plays and take ad­van­tage of a young, banged-up 49ers sec­ondary. On de­fense, Den­ver must make San Fran­cisco’s quar­ter­back un­com­fort­able. Nei­ther CJ Beathard nor Nick Mul­lens is par­tic­u­larly strong un­der pres­sure. OLB Von Miller and OLB Bradley Chubb can have a huge im­pact on this game if they can hit the 49ers quar­ter­back and make the San Fran­cisco offense one-di­men-sional.

49ers’ keys to vic­tory: Lim­it­ing the Bron­cos strong pass rush will start with the run game. RB Matt Breida is vi­tal to the 49ers sus­tain­ing any kind of offen­sive suc­cess. If he can get rolling early, it will open up the play ac­tion game for Mul­lens or Beathard. This game also comes down to the pass rush on de­fense for San Fran­cisco. If the 49ers can hit Keenum early and of­ten, they will have a shot at an up­set. DL DeFor­est Buck­ner and OLB Dekoda Wat­son will need to be cat­a­lysts for the 49ers de­fense up front.

Matchup to watch: 49ers run de­fense vs. Bron­cos run­ning backs. The Bron­cos boast a su­perb one-two punch in rook­ies Free­man and Lindsay. The 49ers have a top-10 run de­fense. Win­ning this bat­tle will be vi­tal for both teams.

Who wins? The Bron­cos are fight­ing for their play­off lives while the 49ers are emp­ty­ing their bench as they look ahead to next year. This game might get ugly.

Bron­cos, 30-16 ET, Levi’s Bron­cos

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