This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week-10 game against the Arizona Cardinals. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
12:00 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- RB Mike Davis
- CB Rashard Robinson
- OLB Aaron Lynch
- OT John Theus
- TE Je’Ron Hamm
- DT Chris Jones
- QB Christian Ponder
This means RB Carlos Hyde is active.
12:01 Here are the Cardinals’ inactives:
- S Tyrann Mathieu
- WR Chris Hubert
- CB Tharold Simon
- G Cole Toner
- DT Olsen Pierre
- DT Robert Nkemdiche
- DT Ed Stinson
12:02 Watch the alignment of the 49ers’ defense today. Will defensive coordinator Jim 0’Neil continue to use a spread out 3-4 defense with giant gaps in the middle of the D-line, or will he pack the middle and use a 46 defense?
12:07 If you missed my preview for today’s game, you can read it here.
1:25 The Cardinals win the toss and choose to keep the ball.
1:28 Jimmie Ward breaks up a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals’ go three-and-out.
1:31 On third-and-10, Colin Kaepernick stares down one read to his right, drops his eyes and looks to scramble, then runs into a sack. Niners go three-and-out. Carlos Hyde lost two yards on his first carry of the game.
1:33 The 49ers are using a ‘Bear front’ on defense. Jim O’Neil took my advice. You’re welcome, Jim.
1:34 Carson Palmer completes a long pass to J.J. Nelson, who fumbles. Niners recover.
1:36 Hyde loses five yards on third-and-2. Bad start for him. Niners go three-and-out.
1:44 Carson Palmer throws a touchdown pass to David Johnson on third-and-3. 7-0 Cardinals. The Niners are shutting down the run, but they can’t get anywhere near Palmer. He looks like he’s standing on the beach gazing at the ocean.
1:52 Kaepernick throws a five-yard pass on third-and-10 and the Niners go three-and-out. Kaepernick is worthless on third down unless he scrambles.
1:53 The Niners’ offense opens the game with three-straight three-and-outs.
1:57 Palmer’s pass flies through David Johnson’s hands on third-and-5, and the Cardinals go three-and-out.
1:58 Jeremy Kerley fumbles the punt return and the Cardinals recover as the first quarter ends.
2:03 Jimmie Ward is flagged for a 38-yard pass-interference penalty. Next play, David Johnson bounces outside to his left and runs 18 yards for a touchdown. Tramaine Brock failed to set the edge and Johnson ran around him. The play is under review.
2:06 Ruling stands. 14-0 Cardinals. Have the Niners quit already?
2:14. No, they have not. On first-and-10 from the Cardinals’ 17, Kaepernick scrambles to his right and throws a touchdown pass to a wide-open Kerley. Great play. 14-7 Cardinals.
2:17 Chip Kelly has done a good job managing Colin Kaepernick early in this game. Calling mostly short, safe throws to build his confidence.
2:25 Dontae Johnson trips up Larry Fitzgerald after a nine-yard catch-and-run on third-and-10. The Cardinals make a 39-yard field goal. 17-7 Arizona.
2:30 Carlos Hyde dances behind the line of scrimmage on second-and-10 and loses four yards. Bring in DuJuan Harris.
2:40 Kaepernick scrambles up the middle for 2 yards on third-and-8 from the Cardinals’ 32.
2:43 Phil Dawson makes a 49-yard field goal with 1:32 left in the half. 17-10 Cardinals.
2:53 Hakeem Valles drops a pass in the end zone with 2 seconds left in the first half, and the Cardinals make a 19-yard field goal. 20-10 Arizona at halftime.
3:04 Watch for the Cardinals to run the ball outside the tackles in the 2nd half.
3:10 Kaepernick runs into a sack on third-and-8, and the 49ers go three-and-out in 43 seconds to start the second half. They have scored 13 points in the 3rd quarter this season.
3:15 Old Man Palmer fumbles at the 49ers’ 20-yard line and the 49ers recover.
3:19 On third-and-5, Kaepernick runs into his third sack of the game three plays after completing a 45-yard pass to Quinton Patton. Dawson makes a 53-yard field goal. 20-13 Arizona.
3:26 Keith Reaser breaks up a pass on third-and-8, and the Cardinals punt.
3:31 Carlos Hyde dances in the backfield on second-and-8 and loses three yards. Then Kaepernick throws a pass to a Cardinal on the sideline on third-and-11. Niners go three-and-out.
3:35 J.J. Nelson lets a third-down pass bounce off his hands and Eric Reid makes the interception.
3:41 Back-to-back holding penalties knock the 49ers out of field-goal range, and they’re stuck at 16 3rd-quarter points this season.
3:45 The Cardinals seem to have given up on their running game. They face third-and-3 from their 20 when the fourth quarter begins.
3:51 Antoine Bethea trips up David Johnson for no gain on third-and-1. Great play. Kerley makes a fair catch at the Niners’ 26.
3:59 Kaepernick’s pass leads Patton out of bounds on third-and-6. Bradley Pinion’s punt pins the Cardinals at their 4-yard line.
4:08 On first-and-10 from midfield, Old Man Palmer throws a pick right to Gerald Hodges. Palmer is pulling a Kaepernick.
4:19 Kaepernick runs a QB sweep for a 4-yard touchdown on third-and-2. Game tied at 20 with 1:55 left.
4:33 Nick Bellore gives up a 12-yard catch to David Johnson on third-and-8 from the 49ers’ 35.
4:34 Chandler Catanzaro makes a 34-yard field goal and the Cardinals win 23-20. Stay tuned for grades.