This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 15 road game against the Atlanta Falcons. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
11:48 Here are the 49ers’ inactives
- QB Blaine Gabbert
- RB Mike Davis
- ILB Gerald Hodges
- OL Josh Allen
- DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
- LT Joe Staley
- WR Torrey Smith
11:49 And here are the Falcons’ inactives:
- WR Julio Jones
- WR Nick Williams
- SS Robenson Therezie
- CB Jalen Collins
- RG Wes Schweitzer
- WR J.D. McKissic
- DE Adrian Clayborn
12:00 Twelve QBs currently have a completion percentage at or above 65:
- Sam Bradford — 71.2%
- Drew Brees — 70.6%
- Tom Brady — 68.5%
- Matt Ryan — 68.3%
- Kirk Cousins — 67.5%
- Alex Smith — 67.3%
- Ryan Tannehill — 67.1%
- Matthew Stafford — 66.7%
- Dak Prescott — 65.8%
- Joe Flacco — 65.2%
- Aaron Rodgers — 65.1%
- Russell Wilson — 65%
Colin Kaepernick’s completion percentage is 54.8, which ranks 31st in the NFL.
12:30 Two news nuggets from early this morning:
So many plugged in sources still point to growing schism in York family over future of 49ers while some media pretend nothing to see there.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 18, 2016
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 18, 2016
1:04 The Falcons win the toss and defer.
1:15 The 49ers go three-and-out after Colin Kaepernick overthrows Jeremy Kerley on third-and-1. The Niners substituted tight ends on first and second down.
1:16 Eric Weems returns the punt 42 yards to the 49ers’ 47.
1:17 Jimmie Ward gives up a ton of separation and Mohamed Sanu beats him for an 18-yard catch.
1:19 Nick Bellore is shaken up. If he goes out, the Niners would be down to just one inside linebacker.
1:20 Strong safety Vinnie Sunseri replaces Bellore at inside linebacker. Uh-oh.
1:22 Three plays later, Devota Freeman runs up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. 7-0 Atlanta.
1:24 JaCorey Shepard returns the kickoff to the 49ers’ 45.
1:26 Two plays later, Carlos Hyde fumbles and the Falcons recover at midfield.
1:31 On second-and-goal from the 9-yard line, Tramaine Brock gives up a touchdown catch to Taylor Gabriel. 14-0 Atlanta. The Falcons are averaging 8.8 yards per play after two drives.
1:37 The 49ers go three-and-out as Kaepernick throws to no one on third-and-11. The Niners subbed players before second and third down. Chip Kelly isn’t using his biggest edge, which is tempo. Interesting strategy.
1:48 On third-and-goal from the 9, Jaquiski Tartt gives up a touchdown catch to tight end Austin Hooper. Falcons lead 21-0 in the first quarter. Feels like Kyle Shanahan is auditioning for Chip Kelly’s job. I expect Shanahan will try to hang 40 or more on the Niners just to make a statement about his qualifications.
1:51 Bellore is out with an elbow injury, and the Falcons are on pace to score 84 points.
1:53 On first-and-10 from the 49ers’ 25, Kaepernick completes a 12-yard pass to Quinton Patton, then the first quarter ends. So far, that’s the Niners’ only first down of the game.
2:04 The 49ers hurry to the line of scrimmage on second-and-4 from the Falcons’ 16 and Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass to Garrett Celek. That was the first time Kelly used tempo in this game. 21-7 Atlanta.
2:09 Dontae Johnson gives up a 59-yard catch to Aldrick Robinson on the first play of the drive.
2:11 Freeman fumbles inside San Francisco’s 1-yard line and the 49ers recover.
2:19 Kelly goes up-tempo and gains 27 yards the first three plays of the drive. Then he subs players three plays in a row and the 49ers punt. Kaepernick scrambled and took a sack on third-and-7.
2:25 Freeman breaks three tackles and scores a 9-yard touchdown run to finish an easy 91-yard drive. 28-7 Atlanta.
2:39 Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass to Rod Streater on third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, and Phil Dawson misses the extra point. 28-13 Falcons.
2:40 The Niners averaged 5.7 yards per play in the first half, just as they have all season. Kelly switched things up by waiting until the second quarter to use tempo.
3:03 On third-and-9 from the Niners’ 36, Matt Ryan audibles to a run play and hands off to Tevin Coleman who fumbles. Atlanta recovers and punts. Jeremy Kerley makes a fair catch at the Niners’ 7-yard line.
3:07 Kaepernick’s pass to Hyde is broken up on third-and-7 and the Niners go three-and-out on their first possession of the second half. Shocker. Falcons’ ball at their 43 after a fair catch.
3:12 Tramaine Brock breaks up a pass intended for Taylor Gabriel on third-and-4. Then, Matt Bryant makes a 50-yard field goal. 31-13 Atlanta.
3:22 Kaepernick telegraphs a pass on third-and-6 and the Falcons break it up. The Niners gained 18 yards on that drive. Falcons’ ball at their 23 after a 34-yard punt by Bradley Pinion.
3:28 Freeman runs 34 yards untouched and scores. 38-13 Falcons. This one might be over, although you never count out Chip.
3:30 By the way, Freeman has 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
3:33 Hyde drops a heavily-contested pass on third-and-2 and the Niners go three-and-out again. Every pass from Kaepernick has been heavily contested so far in the second half. Atlanta knows what to expect from Kelly at this point.
3:34 Coleman runs for six yards on the first play of the Falcons’ drive just before the end of the third quarter.
3:41 The Falcons punt from the Niners’ 39 and Kerley makes a fair catch at his 13.
3:49 The 49ers trailed by just 15 points at halftime. They were in the game. And then, the offense gained just 29 yards and one first down on 12 plays in the third quarter. And that was the end.
3:52 Kaepernick completes a 6-yard pass to Streater on third-and-11 and the Niners punt.
4:03 Matt Bryant makes a field goal with 1:13 left, and the Falcons have 41 points. What a successful audition for Kyle Shanahan. I imagine the Yorks would love to have him as the 49ers’ head coach next season.
4:06 Game over. Niners lose 41-13. Stay tuned for grades.