Final/OT

49ers 26

(7-9, 3-5 away)

Broncos 23

(9-7, 4-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, December 31, 2006

Invesco Field, Denver, CO 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SF 0 3 14 6 326
DEN 3 10 3 7 023

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (DEN) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Gore (SF) - 31 CAR, 153 YDS

Receiving: R. Smith (DEN) - 5 REC, 59 YDS

San Francisco (6-9) at Denver (9-6)

San Francisco (6-9) at Denver (9-6) Sunday 4:15 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan made the bold move to rookie quarterback Jay Cutler four weeks ago.

Now Cutler is on the verge of helping Shanahan to his latest playoff appearance Sunday when the Denver Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers in the season finale for both teams.

Denver would secure a wild-card berth with a win in this contest or with a Kansas City loss to Jacksonville earlier Sunday.

In his 12th season as Broncos coach, Shanahan has guided the franchise to a pair of Super Bowl titles and seven playoff appearances, including three straight.

With his team sporting a 7-4 record, Shanahan made the move to replace veteran Jake Plummer with Cutler, the 11th pick in April's draft, as the club's starting quarterback.

After losing his first two starts, Cutler has rebounded to win his last two, becoming the first quarterback in league history to throw for multiple touchdowns in each of his first four games. He has eight TDs and four interceptions overall.

Cutler threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in last Sunday's 24-23 wild victory over Cincinnati. The victory was secured when the Bengals botched a snap on an extra point with 41 seconds remaining.

Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey also recorded his league-leading ninth interception in the win over San Francisco.

Closing Mike Nolan's second season as coach, the Niners were eliminated from playoff contention with last week's 26-20 loss to Arizona.

One of the major bright spots for the Niners this season has been running back Frank Gore, who leads the NFC with 1,542 rushing yards, 114 more than Tiki Barber of the New York Giants.

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Passing Leaders

San FranciscoCMP%YDSTDINT
C. Kaepernick60.631651710
B. Gabbert42.93810
DenverCMP%YDSTDINT
P. Manning67.141433711
B. Osweiler25.01300

Rushing Leaders

San FranciscoCARYDSAVGTD
F. Gore2309624.24
C. Kaepernick975765.91
DenverCARYDSAVGTD
C. Anderson1486794.64
R. Hillman913784.23

Receiving Leaders

San FranciscoRECYDSAVGTD
A. Boldin8198112.14
M. Crabtree6465710.34
DenverRECYDSAVGTD
D. Thomas96138914.511
E. Sanders89126114.27

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsSF
 
 304
DEN
 
 309
Yards PassingSF
 
 168
DEN
 
 175
Yards RushingSF
 
 136
DEN
 
 135
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedSF
 
 344
DEN
 
 326
Pass Yds AllowedSF
 
 223
DEN
 
 213
Rush Yds AllowedSF
 
 121
DEN
 
 113

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 1-1
Sep 15, 2002SF 14, DEN 24