This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week-12 road game against the Miami Dolphins. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
8:33 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- OLB Aaron Lynch
- DT Quinton Dial
- QB Christian Ponder
- RB Mike Davis
- DB Marcus Cromartie
- TE Je’Ron Hamm
- OL John Theus
8:36 Here are the Dolphins’ inactives:
- C Mike Pouncey
- OL Laremy Tunsil
- T Branden Albert
- CB Xavien Howard
- CB Jordan Lucas
- TE Thomas Duarte
- DT Leon Orr
8:45 Chasing history: The 49ers are making at run at the title of worst team in franchise history. Here’s where they currently stack up in terms of point differential.
- The 1963 49ers got outscored by 13.8 points per game.
- The 2004 49ers got outscored by 12.1 points per game.
- The 2005 49ers got outscored by 11.8 points per game.
- The 2016 49ers are getting outscored by 10.9 points per game.
8:50 The 49ers have been outscored by 15.2 points per game since Week 2. Give them credit — they’re doing what they have to do to set the record.
8:54 This week’s famous quote in 49ers history comes for Jed York who, on December 29, 2014 said, “It’s up to us to make sure we compete for and win Super Bowls. That’s our only goal. We don’t raise division championship banners. We don’t raise NFC Championship banners. We raise Super Bowl banners. And whenever we don’t deliver that, I hope that you will hold me directly responsible and accountable for it. And we look forward to getting this thing back on track.”
Good going, Jed.
9:03 On Friday, I wrote Chip Kelly could re-sign this weekend and return to Eugene if Oregon loses the Civil War and fires head coach Mark Helfrich.
Step 1 happened yesterday — Oregon lost to Oregon State 34-24.
And step 2 could happen soon, according to USA Today.
The Dolphins are 7-point favorites. Will the 49ers cover the spread?
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) November 27, 2016
Will Chip Kelly be the 49ers’ head coach next week?
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) November 27, 2016
9:58 In case you’re wondering, the 49ers’ defense is giving up 37.8 points per game on the road this season.
10:02 The Dolphins will receive the opening kickoff.
10:02 After a holding penalty on the kickoff, the Dolphins start from their 13-yard line. And after an incomplete pass over the middle on third-and-3, the Dolphins go three-and-out.
10:14 On second-and-10 from the 12, Colin Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass to Carlos Hyde. 7-0 Niners. The Dolphins seemed totally unprepared for the 49ers’ tempo and scheme on that drive. Twice they crashed down on the running back and let Kaepernick keep the ball for big gains on the zone-read. Bad coaching. Let’s see how long it takes Miami to adjust.
10:23 Ryan Tannehill completes a 6-yard pass to Damien Williams on third-and-15, and the Dolphins punt near midfield. Jeremy Kerley makes a fair catch at the Niners’ 19. Ryan Tannehill is playing scared even though the 49ers haven’t touched him.
10:31 On third-and-21, Kaepernick hands off to Hyde who gains six yards up the middle. The Niners committed two penalties on that drive. Dolphins’ ball at their 9-yard line after a 59-yard punt by Bradley Pinion.
10:37 DeVante Parker beats Tramaine Brock with a post route for a 46-yard catch on third-and-7. Dolphins face third-and-11 from the Niners’ 43 when the second quarter starts.
10:42 Jimmie Ward gives up a 14-yard catch to Jarvis Landry on third-and-11. Two plays later, Brock gives up a 14-yard catch to Kenny Stills. Next play, Rashard Robinson gives up a 10-yard touchdown catch to DeVante Parker, but the play is under review.
10:46 The officials reverse their call. Incomplete pass. Parker got only one foot in bounds.
10:48 Tannehill completes an 8-yard pass to Landry on second-and-goal from the 10. And on third-and-goal from the 2, Jay Ajayi receives a pitch and runs around the left side for a touchdown. 7-7. That was a 91-yard touchdown drive, and Tramaine Brock gave up 60 of those yards. Why is he playing?
10:55 Kaepernick completes a pass over the middle to Garrett Celek and he fumbles. Dolphins recover at their 16.
11:09 On first-and-20 from the 49ers’ 23, Jimmie Ward gives up a 7-yard catch to DeVante Parker. Next play, Ward gives up a touchdown catch Dion Sims. 14-7 Dolphins. Ward is not a corner — he’s a safety. The Niners are playing him out of position.
11:15 As I said on Tuesday, this should be the 49ers’ secondary:
LCB: Rashard Robinson
RCB: Dontae Johnson
FS: Jimmie Ward
SS: Jaquiski Tartt
11:19 Kaepernick almost throws a pick-6 on third-and-9. Instead, the pass bounces off the hands of Bacarri Rambo and falls incomplete.
11:24 The Dolphins let the clock run out after Nick Bellore sacks Tannehill for a loss of 13.
11:39 Kaepernick throws an interception on the first play of the second half. The pass went through Torrey Smith’s hands.
11:43 Kenny Still beats Brock with a deep comeback route, but lets the bounce off his chest. The Dolphins make a 24-yard field goal two plays later. 17-7 Miami.
11:46 JaCorey Shepard returns the kickoff all the way to the 49ers’ 9.
11:52 Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass to Celek on third-and-3 from the 4. 17-14 Miami. That was a 91-yard drive.
11:55 Kenyan Drake returns the kickoff 78 yards to the 49ers’ 24.
11:57 Ronald Blair sacks Tannehill for a loss of 9 on third-and-12 from the Niners’ 26. That knocked the Dolphins out of field-goal range. Great series by the 49ers’ defense. Terrible play by Tannehill.
12:00 The punt bounces into the end zone.
12:04 Kaepernick throws a 2-yard pass to Rod Streater on third-and-13, and the Niners go three-and-out. Dolphins’ ball at their 39 after the punt return.
12:05 Quinton Patton is out with a concussion.
12:15 Antoine Bethea gives up a 43-yard touchdown catch to Kenny Stills on third-and-3. 24-14 Miami.
12:19 On third-and-3, Cameron Wake beats Trent Brown to the outside and sacks Colin Kaepernick. Niners go three-and-out as the third quarter ends. First-and-10 for the Dolphins from their 33.
12:27 Leonte Caroo beats Jimmie Ward for a 15-yard touchdown catch on second-and-12. Ward is having an awful game, mostly because he’s not a cornerback. He’s a safety playing cornerback, as I’ve said since the 49ers drafted him.
12:39 Kaepernick throws a 35-yard pass to Vance McDonald over the middle. Three plays later, Kaepernick throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. 31-21 Miami.
12:47 Dolphins go three-and-out. Niners’ ball at their 20 with 5:51 left after the punt.
1:01 Dawson makes a 36-yard field goal with 2:15 left. 31-24 Miami.
1:02 Dolphins will start from their 14.
1:08 Dolphins go three-and-out again. Niners’ ball at their 37 with 1:44 and one timeout remaining after the punt.
1:13 The Niners call their final timeout with 50 seconds left facing fourth-and-11 from their 37.
1:14 Kaepernick hits Torrey Smith for 17.
1:22 Kaepernick scrambles for four yards on second-and-goal from the 6, and the game ends. 49ers lose 31-24. Stay tuned for grades.