This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 4 road game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my apartment.
1:06 The Cardinals will receive the opening kickoff.
1:16 On third-and-goal from the four-yard line, the 49ers rush three defenders — just like the Cowboys did with success Monday night against the Cardinals. Both Aaron Lynch and DeForest Buckner hit Carson Palmer as he throws, and Palmer gets intercepted by Ray Ray Armstrong in the end zone. Good adjustment by Robert Saleh.
1:20 Carlos Hyde gains two yards on first down, Brian Hoyer misses a wide open Pierre Garcon on second down, Hoyer misses Trent Taylor on third down and the Niners go three-and-out. Kyle Shanahan thinks Tyrann Mathieu interfered with Taylor on third down. Shanahan may be correct.
1:25 On third-and-6, Dontae Johnson breaks up a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals go three-and-out. The Niners rushed five on that third down. Eli Harold and NaVorro Bowman blitzed.
1:35 Robbie Gould makes a 49-yard field goal, and the Niners lead 3-0. Hoyer gained three yards during a QB sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Cardinals 38. Next play, Logan Paulsen dropped a deep pass along the right sideline. And on the next play, Hoyer throws over the middle to Goodwin, who slips and falls, and the pass almost gets picked.
1:41 The Cardinals will face second-and-9 from the 49ers 37 when the second quarter starts. The Niners have had no pass rush during this drive, because Solomon Thomas and Arik Armstead are the edge rushers and Robert Saleh isn’t blitzing or doing anything creative.
1:41 On fourth-and-goal from the 11, running back Andre Ellington beats cornerback Rashard Robinson for a touchdown catch. The play is under review. Solomon Thomas was rushing from the edge on that play. He continues to rush into the chest of the offensive tackle and continues to generate zero pressure.
1:51 The officials overturn their call. Incomplete pass. Fourth down.
1:59 Phil Dawson makes a 29-yard field goal. Game tied at three.
2:05 Hoyer leads the offense from the 49ers 15 to the Cardinals 10, but on third-and-3 Hoyer decides not to throw to an open George Kittle and takes a sack. Bad play by Hoyer, although left guard Laken Tomlinson got walked back into Hoyer’s lap with a bull rush. Gould makes a 39-yard field goal and the Niners lead 6-3. Hoyer was 5-for-5 on that drive.
2:18 On third-and-10 from the 49ers 37, Solomon Thomas beats right guard Evan Boehm and sacks Palmer as Palmer steps up in the pocket. Good job Saleh to finally move Thomas inside. I believe that was his first inside rush of the game. Cardinals punt.
2:24 On third-and-four, Hoyer throws a deep pass to Trent Taylor, who slips and falls. Antoine Bethea intercepts the ball and returns it the 49ers 30.
2:27 On second-and-five, DeForest Buckner hits Palmer and forces a bad throw. On third-and-5, Palmer has time as he throws to an open Ellington, but Ellington drops the ball. Phil Dawson ties the game at six with 43-yard field goal. Niners will get the ball back with 1:24 left in the half.
2:32 On third-and-10 from the 49ers 40, the Cardinals use a solid front and blitz an inside linebacker. The 49ers don’t block him and he hits Hoyer as Hoyer throws an incomplete pass intended for Taylor over the middle.
2:35 Marquise Goodwin has a head injury and an eye injury.
2:55 The 49ers march to the Cardinals 11-yard line in just six plays, but then Trent Taylor commits an offensive pass interference penalty and Brandon Fusco gives up a sack on the next play. The Niners go 20 yards backward. This team keeps hurting itself in the red zone. Remember this sequence if the Niners lose by four points or less.
2:56 Robbie Gould makes a 47-yard field goal. The Niners traded seven for three, and lead 9-6.
2:58 On that sack, Brandon Fusco got beat by a stunt. He can’t figure out how to stop that play. He is getting destroyed.
2:58 Goodwin is out with a concussion.
3:07 On third-and-4, Buckner beats left guard Will Holden with a swim move and sacks Palmer. Dawson ties the game at nine with a 50-yard field goal.
3:07 That drive was brought to you by Rashard Robinson’s fifth penalty of the past two games. This one was a 33-yard pass interference. He is a bad, bad cornerback.
3:18 On first-and-10 from the Cardinals 30, Daniel Kilgore commits a holding penalty which negates a six-yard run by Hyde. That’s Kilgore’s second holding penalty the past two games. On third-and-10, Pierre Garcon drops a first-down catch. That’s the second drop of the drive. George Kittle committed the first one. Robbie Gould makes a 47-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 12-9. They’re in another winnable game. Can they win it?
3:25 On the final play of the third quarter, Solomon Thomas tackles Chris Johnson for a two-yard loss. The Cardinals will face third-and-4 from their 41 when the fourth quarter starts.
3:28 Buckner knocks down Palmer’s pass on third-and-4, and the Cardinals punt.
3:31 Niners lose six yards and go three-and-out. Garrett Celek committed a false start on first down. The Niners had an opportunity to run some clock and add to their lead and failed. Cardinals will start at their 36.
3:41 On first-and-10 from the 49ers 18, Eli Harold dogs from the outside and sacks Palmer for a 7-yard loss. Phil Dawson makes a 32-yard field goal three plays later. Game tied at 12 with 7:41 left. The Niners are in position to win a game in the fourth quarter for the third straight week.
3:47 On third-and-12, Hoyer throws a perfect deep pass to Aldrick Robinson, but the ball falls through Robinson’s arms. The cornerback may have tipped it. Niners go three-and-out again. The Niners had success in the third quarter with run plays and play-action passes on early downs. The Cardinals adjusted by blitzing on early downs, which have negated the Niners runs and play-action passes. Shanahan has to adjust with quick passes. He hasn’t done that.
3:52 Dontae Johnson breaks up a pass on third-and-6, and the Cardinals go three-and-out. Great play by Johnson.
3:57 The 49ers commit four more penalties on that sequence — one on special teams and three on offense. Unbelievable. Logan Paulsen was flagged for holding during the punt, and the Niners had to start from their 5-yard line. The Niners are beating themselves yet again.
4:00 The Cardinals go three-and-out after two sacks. Ray Ray Armstrong blitzed through the A gap and sacked Palmer on first down, and Elvis Dumervil beat the Cardinals left tackle with a speed rush and sacked Palmer on third down.
4:02 On second-and-7, Shanahan calls a play-action pass and the Cardinals call a safety blitz. Mathieu blows by Hyde and sacks Hoyer for a three-yard loss. As I wrote above, the Cardinals have consistently blitzed on early downs to take away the play-action pass. Shanahan can’t call that play there. The Cardinals defensive coordinator got the best of him.
4:04 Hoyer misses Robinson on third-and-10, and the Niners go three-and-out.
4:08 Dumervil sacks Palmer on second-and-five and the Cardinals go three-and-out. The Niners defense has played well enough to win. Can the offense do anything?
4:10 No, it can’t. The offense is utterly incapable of protecting Hoyer. Niners go three-and-out again. The Cardinals have the ball at their 15-yard line with 13 seconds left.
4:13 Palmer takes and knee and sends the game to overtime.
4:14 The 49ers win the toss and elect to receive the kickoff.
4:34 The 49ers drive to the Cardinals 5 and use up 7:32 on the clock. On third-and-goal, Hoyer throws the ball away. Gould makes a 23-yard field goal with 2:24 left in overtime.
4:35 Key play on that drive: Carlos Hyde fumbled on the first play, and Joe Staley recovered. If the Cardinals had recovered, they would have gotten the ball in field goal territory and probably would have won.
4:46 Palmer throws a 19-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald and the Cardinals win. Stay tuned for my post-game Periscope and team grades.