This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 3 road game against the Cardinals. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
11:36 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
WR Bruce Ellington
TE Vance McDonald
RB Reggie Bush
CB Shareece Wright
G Brandon Thomas
OL Ian Silberman
NT Mike Purcell
And here are the Cardinals’ inactives:
QB Matt Barkley
WR J.J. Nelson
RB Andre Ellington
LB Shaquille Riddick
T D.J. Humphries
G Mike Iupati
NT Xavier Williams
11:47 Curious to see how the Niners run the ball without their best blocking tight end, Vance McDonald.
12:04 Curious to see how Kenneth Acker covers Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. Chris Culliver, the cornerback Acker replaced, never could cover Floyd.
12:46 Aldon Smith has been absolutely awful for the Raiders. I guess he misses playing next to Justin Smith.
1:05 The Cardinals win the toss and choose to receive.
1:09 Aaron Lynch hurries Carson Palmer on third-and-9, and Palmer throws incomplete. Niners’ ball after the punt.
1:13 Carlos Hyde carries the ball on first down and second down, and gains zero net yards. First play was a stretch zone run to the right. Second play was a zone read up the middle.
1:16 On third-and-10, Colin Kaepernick throws late and off his back as he gets hit. The pass gets intercepted and returned for a touchdown. 7-0 Cardinals. Kaepernick never should have thrown that pass.
1:22 Kaepernick does it again. 14-0 Cardinals. He threw late and off his back foot.
1:29 Colin Kaepernick hands off to Carlos Hyde on third-and-16. I guess the Niners aren’t letting Kaepernick pass anymore. Cardinals’ ball after the punt.
1:41 Antoine Bethea is flagged for a facemask penalty as the first quarter ends. The Cardinals face first-and-goal from the 1, and the 49ers have absolutely no pass defense.
1:44 After a false start penalty, Chris Johnson runs up the middle for a 6-yard touchdown. 21-0 Cardinals. I guess the Niners have no run defense, either.
1:51 The Niners run the ball four times and punt. The 49ers are back to running out the clock on themselves. Kaepernick hasn’t attempted a pass since his second pick-six. It seems the coaching staff has lost confidence in him.
2:00 Chris Johnson runs into the end zone from one yard out. 28-0 Cardinals. That’s the fifth rushing touchdown the Niners have allowed the past six quarters.
2:01 I told you guys the Niners would keep this one close. When am I ever wrong?
2:11 Kaepernick completes a two-yard pass to Anquan Boldin on third-and-20.
2:19 Jarryd Hayne returns a punt 37 yards. Three plays later, Colin Kaepernick keeps the ball on the read option and runs seven yards for a touchdown. 28-7 Cardinals.
2:28 Carson Palmer takes a hit, throws off his back foot and gets picked by Kenneth Acker. He pulled a Kaepernick. Niners’ ball at their 20 with 53 seconds left.
2:31 On third-and-three, Colin Kaepernick under throws Vernon Davis and Tyrann Mathieu picks off the pass. Kaepernick had plenty of time and space on that one. The Niners need a new quarterback.
2:38 31-7 Cardinals after they make a field goal. Halftime.
2:48 Time for the 49ers to start seriously considering Jared Goff.
2:52 First pass of the half, Kaepernick has all the time in the world. He drifts to his right and fires a confident pass downfield. It’s picked. Cardinals’ ball.
2:56 Chris Johnson catches a swing pass, runs around NaVorro Bowman and picks up 40 yards. Next play, Palmer completes a four-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. 38-7 Cardinals.
3:06 After a timeout, Frostee Rucker sacks Kaepernick on third-and-five.
3:11 On third-and-7, Palmer runs into Arik Armstead, who rubs his tummy during a sack dance down 31 points. Good look.
3:13 On first-and-10 from the 1, Kaepernick hands off to Hyde, who gets tackled in the end zone. Safety. 40-7.
3:16 Vernon Davis has a knee injury and is questionable.
3:23 The Cardinals punt after Michael Floyd is flagged for offensive pass interference on third-and-4.
3:30 Kaepernick wisely throws the ball away on third down.
3:43 On third-and-goal from the 8, Palmer completes quick tunnel screen to Larry Fitzgerald, who jogs into the end zone for a touchdown. The Niners have quit, and the Cardinals are piling it on. 47-7.
3:58 Game over. Stay tuned for grades.