Throughout the offseason, the San Francisco 49ers were rumored to be interested in acquiring Peyton Manning. Manning showed the 49ers what they might be missing on Sunday, although the Niners rallied to beat the Denver Broncos, 29-24. Manning led Denver to points on all three of his drives, going 10-for-12 with 122 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Eric Decker, who made four catches for 38 yards, was on the receiving end of both scores. For San Francisco, Alex Smith completed 5-of-7 passes for 69 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis.
Final Score: Carolina 17, NY Jets 12
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Cam Newton passed for a touchdown while Gary Barnidge caught one in late to give the Carolina Panthers a 17-12 win over the New York Jets in preseason action. Newton passed for 60 yards on 6- of-15 attempts and ran for 16 yards and tossed a score to Louis Murphy for the Panthers, who improved to 2-1 in the preseason. Mark Sanchez was 11- for-18 with 123 yards and an interception, while Tim Tebow went 4-for-14 with 55 yards and an interception along with 45 yards on five carries for the Jets, who fell to 0-3 on the preseason. The Jets have scored just 18 points in the preseason, all on field goals from either Nick Folk or Josh Brown. The Jets lost tight end Dustin Keller to a right hamstring injury in the first quarter, while Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart left the game on a cart in the second quarter with a right ankle injury.