This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers Week 16 game against the Detroit Lions. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
8:32 Here are the 49ers inactives:
WR Jerome Simpson
RB Shaun Draughn
CB Chris Davis
LB Michael Wilhoite
G Brandon Thomas
C/G Marcus Martin
OLB Corey Lemonier
That means Jarryd Hayne is active. How much do you expect he will play?
8:36 Here are the Lions inactives:
WR Corey Fuller
RB George Winn
CB Bill Bentley
C Gabe Ikard
OT Corey Robinson
DT Gabe Wright
DT Jermelle Cudjo
8:41 Here’s what I think the 49ers’ 2016 starting defense will be:
LDE: Arik Armstead
NT: Glenn Dorsey
RDE: Quinton Dial
LOLB: Aaron Lynch
RILB: NaVorro Bowman
LILB: Jaquiski Tartt
ROLB: Ahmad Brooks
LCB: Tramaine Brock
SS: Antoine Bethea
FS: Eric Reid
RCB: Kenneth Acker
SCB: Jimmie Ward
The Niners want continuity and have tons of cap space, so they’ll keep Bethea and Brooks. Ian Williams, however, will get a big contract on the free agent market and sign with another team.
9:01 The Niners announced Kendall Gaskins OR DuJuan Harris will start at running back. Who do you think it will be?
9:31 Trent Brown will start at right tackle. If he plays well the final two games, what should the 49ers do with Anthony Davis? Trade him or move him to guard?
9:35 Matt Barrows tweets Dontae Johnson appears to be the starting right cornerback today instead of Kenneth Acker. Johnson is taller than Acker and presumably will cover Lions 6’5″ wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
10:02 Eric Reid: “I want to see it in your eyes today…hit somebody and make them feel it in their soul.”
10:04 49ers lose toss. They’ll receive.
10:13 Vance McDonald catches a one-yard touchdown pass. 7-0 Niners. Geep Chryst calls a great first drive. 11 plays, 80 yards. DuJuan Harris gained 33 yards on 3 carries. Andrew Tiller made the key block on Harris’ longest run.
10:25 Ian Williams knocks down Matthew Stafford’s pass on 3rd-and-3 from the Niners 18. Lions kick a field goal, trail 7-3. Dontae Johnson broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Calvin Johnson.
10:32 The Niners go three-and-out after Blaine Gabbert completes a zero-yard pass to Anquan Boldin on 3rd-and-3. Shocking turn of events.
10:38 Mike Purcell stops Theo Riddick on 3rd-and-1, but the Lions fake the punt and gain five yards up the middle.
10:40. The first quarter ends as Stafford completes an easy pass to Eric Ebron for the second time during this drive. Inside linebacker Gerald Hodges was covering Ebron both times.
10:45 T.J. Jones beats Dontae Johnson for a 29-yard touchdown. 10-7 Lions. Reid jumped an underneath route and left Johnson one on one against Jones.
10:53 Gabbert starts the drive with a 26-yard pass to Vance McDonald, and ends the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. Harris had three carries for 38 yards in between. 14-10 Niners. This has been Gabbert’s best game since his first start of the season.
10:59 Calvin Johnson drops a deep pass on third-and-2. Bruce Ellington returns the punt to the Lioins 49, but the return doesn’t count because Kenneth Acker is flagged for holding. That’s the Niners’ sixth penalty so far.
11:05 Gabbert gets sacked and then he fumbles on third-and-8 from the 12. Haloti Ngata planted Daniel Kilgore on his back. Lions recover at the Niners 1-yard line. Joique Bell runs into the end zone one play later. 17-14 Lions.
11:13 Gabbert throws McDonald on 3rd-and-8, and Phil Dawson hooks a 45-yard field goal attempt.
11:13 Eric Reid slows down and allows Kenneth Acker to make the tackle on third-and-5. Lions go four-and-out.
11:17 Gabbert made a terrific deep pass to Ellington on the previous drive.
11:27 Phil Dawson makes a 40-yard field goal with 35 second left in the first half. Game tied at 17. Gabbert’s passer rating is 130.3, but his fumble led to seven points for Detroit.
11:31 NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks sack Stafford on 1st-and-5 from the Lions 41.
11:36 Tate beats the 49ers zone coverage for a 28-yard catch on second-and-7. Lions make a 46-yard field goal a few plays later and lead 20-17 at halftime. Niners committed nine penalties for 55 yards in the first half.
11:47 DuJuan Harris: 10 touches for 85 all-purpose yards in the first half.
12:01 Stafford throws a six-yard pass on 3rd-and-8, and the Lions kick a 37-yard field goal. Niners trail 23-17. Mangini’s zone coverages are covering no one. Stafford has completed 17-of-21 pass attempts.
12:01 49ers go three-and-out after the Lions gifted them back-to-back personal foul penalties. Geep Chryst called a run for Jarryd Hayne, then a draw for DuJuan Harris, then a pass to Torrey Smith, who fell at the first-down marker. Chryst has called only one deep pass this game, and Gabbert completed it. Chryst needs to be more aggressive.
12:17 Mangini blitzes Stafford on 3rd-and-8 and Gabbert throws the ball out of bounds. Ellington makes a fair catch at the Niners 10.
12:22 Chryst asks Tiller to pull and clear out and unblocked Devin Taylor. Tiller doesn’t get there in time, and Taylor sacks Gabbert. Chryst didn’t put Tiller in a position to be successful on that play.
12:42 Tramaine Brock commits a pass interference against Golden Tate in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal from the 6, then gives up a touchdown catch to Calvin Johnson on the next play. Two-point conversion no good. Lions lead 29-17.
12:52 Gabbert completes a two-yard pass to Hayne on 4th-and-3. Geep Chryst just called a pass for Hayne with the game on the line, and Hayne ran the route a yard short of the first-down marker. What did Chryst expect?
1:08 Lions make 34-yard field goal attempt, lead 32-17 with 3:07 left. Niners getting blown out even though they’re averaging 5.7 yards per play and the Lions are averaging 5.8. Bad coaching.
1:15 On fourth-and-2, Gabbert throws a nice pass downfield to McDonald who drops the pass. Niners lose. Stay tuned for grades.