This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 6 road game against the Bills. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
6:55 Prediction No.1: Jeremy Kerley’s targets will diminish with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. Kaepernick prefers throwing to big receivers, and Kerley is 5’9″.
6:56 Prediction No.2: Tight end Garrett Celek will be Kaepernick’ security blanket. Celek is 6’5″.
7:04 Prediction No.3: Kaepernick will run slower than Gabbert.
8:34 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- QB Christian Ponder
- CB Jimmie Ward
- S Jaquiski Tartt
- DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
- OT John Theus
- TE Blake Bell
- DT Taylor Hart
8:37 Here are the Bills’ inactives:
- QB Cardale Jones
- OL Gabe Ikard
- T Seantrel Henderson
- C Patrick Lewis
- T Cyrus Kouandjio
- TE Gerald Christian
- DT Marcell Dareus
9:00 If you missed my preview for this game, you can read it here.
9:13 Rashard Robinson will start at corner opposite Tramaine Brock. Will be interesting to see how much Glenn Dorsey plays at nose tackle today.
9:58 The 49ers’ warmups during the week were silent and lackadaisical. Curious to see if that carries over to this game.
10:03 Bills win the toss and defer.
10:07 On second-and-3 from the Bills’ 41, Kaepernick overthrows an open Torrey Smith deep down the field by five yards. Should have been a touchdown. That throw was Gabbert-esque. On third-and-3, Chip Kelly calls a run for Carlos Hyde and reveals his lack of trust in Kaepernick. Hyde gains one yard and the 49ers punt.
10:09 So far, Kaepernick has left six points on the field.
10:15 Arik Armstead breaks through the Bills’ offensive line unblocked and forces a fumble. DeForest Buckner recovers.
10:22 Joshua Garnett commits a holding penalty, and the 49ers kick a field goal a few plays later. 3-0 Niners.
10:22 LeSean scores a 4-yard touchdown run on a college option play. 11-play, 75-yard drive. 7-3 Bills.
10:40 Kaepernick keeps the ball on a zone-read play and runs for 7 yards before the end of the first quarter.
10:44 Kaepernick completes a 53-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. 10-7 Niners. Smith was wide open and the pass was underthrown, but Smith adjusted and made a nice catch. Gabbert probably would have missed him entirely.
10:52 McCoy breaks a 12-yard touchdown run on second-and-4. 14-10 Bills. McCoy already has 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
10:56 Torrey Smith returns the kickoff to the Niners’ 11. Terrible.
11:03 Kaepernick throws a short pass to a Bills’ outside linebacker on third-and-4, but the linebacker drops the interception. Phil Dawson makes a 48-yard field goal. 14-13 Bills.
11:12 McCoy runs for 22 yards on third-and-20. No joke. Bills are 6-for-6 on third down.
11:19 Nick Bellore just took out LeSean McCoy’s right knee.
11:23 Bills’ kicker Dan Carpenter makes a 40-yard field goal two plays later. 17-13 Bills.
11:24 McCoy is walking around on the sideline. Seems like he might return to the game.
11:36 The Bills have run 38 plays already and get the ball to start the third quarter.
11:41 The Bills have cleared McCoy to return.
11:46 The Bills commit two penalties on the opening drive of the second half and go three-and-out-. They already have committed 8 FIPS. Sloppy. Niners have committed just one.
11:50 Hyde takes a big hit on first down and leaves the game.
11:51 Trent Brown commits a false-start penalty on third-and-4, Kaepernick overthrows Jeremy Kerley on third-and-9 and the Niners go three-and-out. Bradley Pinion’s punt travels just 36 yards.
11:56 Justin Hunter drops a first-down pass on third-and-8. Colton Schmidt’s punt pins the Niners at their 5-yard line. Schmidt, who played with the Niners during training camp a few years ago, is way better than Pinion.
12:01 Kaepernick breaks a tackle in the end zone to avoid a safety, but the Niners punt a few plays later. Bills’ ball at their 45 after a 47-yard punt and a 13-yard return.
12:03 Hyde injured his shoulder. He was on the sideline during that series. McCoy seems tougher than him.
12:06 Tramaine Brock breaks up a pass intended for Robert Woods on third-and-4, and the Bills go three-and-out. McCoy didn’t touch the ball during that series. Niners will start from their 20.
12:12 Mike Davis gains no yards up the middle on third-and-1, then gains no yards up the middle on fourth-and-1 and the Niners turn the ball over on downs. Jimmy Raye could have called those runs up the middle.
12:16 Eric Reid gives up a 30-yard touchdown catch to Justin Hunter on first-and-10. 24-13 Bills. What does Reid do well?
12:25 Hyde gains two yards up the middle on second-and-10 just before the end of the third quarter. Niners will face third-and-8 from the Bills’ 29 when the fourth quarter begins.
12:28 Kaepernick moves to his left, doesn’t reset his feet and throws a one-hopper to Jeremy Kerley. That comes two plays after Kaepernick threw a one-hopper to Torrey Smith who was open in the end zone. Dawson makes a 47-yard field goal and the score is 24-17.
12:35 Tyrod Taylor scrambles down the sideline for 21 yards on second-and-5. Next play, McCoy runs off right tackle and scores an 18-yard touchdown. 31-16 Bills.
12:39 Keshawn Martin fumbles the kick return.
12:39 Bills recover. First-and-10 at the Niners’ 28.
12:41 First play of the drive, Eric Reid is flagged for pass interference on LeSean Freaking McCoy at the 5-yard line. Again I ask, what does Reid do well?
12:42 Next play, Keith Reaser and Antoine Bethea watch Robert Woods catch a 5-yard touchdown pass. 38-16 Bills.
12:50 Kaepernick fumbles the ball near his own end zone. That’s the Kap we know. Niners recover. But Kaepernick throws the ball away on the next play and the Niners punt.
12:54 The entire 49ers defensive line jumps offside on third-and-7. A classic of the Jim-O’Neil Era.
12:56 Two plays later they one-up themselves by jumping offside on fourth-and-2. Automatic first down.
12:59 Some running back named Gillislee just ran 44 yards untouched for a touchdown. 45-16 Bills. Feels like the Niners quit on Chip Kelly after Week 2.
1:03 Niners go three-and-out.
1:14 Game over. Stay tuned for grades.