This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 16 road game against the LA Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
12:10 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- QB Blaine Gabbert
- RB Mike Davis
- CB Dontae Johnson
- G/C Marcus Martin
- LT Joe Staley
- NT Glenn Dorsey
- OLB Tank Carradine
12:12 And here are the Rams’ inactives:
- WR Mike Thomas
- QB Case Keenum
- DB Lamarcus Joyner
- S Mo Alexander
- OL Cody Wichmann
- OT Greg Robinson
- DE Matt Longacre
12:19 Jared Goff will start at quarterback. He left last week’s game against the Seahawks with a concussion. Sean Mannion is his backup.
12:59 The 49ers have allowed 11 running backs to gain 100 yards in a game this season and Todd Gurley hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark once. It’s the old classic matchup between the movable object and the stoppable force.
1:25 The Rams win the toss and defer.
1:29 Carlos Hyde runs for 14 yards on the first play of the drive then never touches the ball again. And, Kaepernick misses two passes dreadfully high and takes a sack on third-and-9 from the Niners’ 48-yard line. Rams get the ball at their 13 after the punt.
1:36 Tramaine Brock intercepts Goff and runs the ball back to the Rams’ 17. Pass was behind the intended receiver.
1:39 Carlos Hyde catches a touchdown pass over the middle on second-and-12. Niners lead 7-0. Feels like the a rerun of the Jets game.
1:43 Pharoh Cooper returns the kickoff to the Rams’ 48.
1:50 On fourth-and-2 from the 49ers’ 40, Goff play fakes and hits a wide open Lance Kendricks for 24 yards down the right sideline. Two plays later, Todd Gurley runs up the middle for a one-yard touchdown. Game tied at 7.
1:56 Kaepernick sails a pass over Garrett Celek’s head downfield and gets intercepted. Rams’ ball at the Niners’ 30.
1:58 Next play, Tavon Austin scores on a jet sweep. That run has worked against the Niners’ defense all season. 14-7 Rams.
2:06 Kaepernick throws a pass behind the line of scrimmage to Hyde cuts upfield and gains 5 yards. Third-and-3 from the Niners’ 38 when the second quarter starts.
2:10 Kaepernick hits Celek over the middle for 12 on third-and-3.
2:10 Three plays later, Kaepernick takes a sack on third-and-7. He dropped his eyes almost immediately and looked for a hole to squeeze through but found none.
2:17 Austin drops a short pass from Goff on third-and-10 from the Rams’ 28.
2:25 Niners go three-and-out. Kaepernick is playing like pre-Harbaugh Alex Smith.
2:29 Now the Rams go three-and-out. Exciting stuff.
2:36 Kaepernick completes a two-yard pass to Aaron Burbridge on third-and-6 from the Rams’ 43 just before the 2-minute warning. Ah, the shallow crossing route way in front of the sticks on third down — a staple of the Chip Kelly offense.
3:01 First-half Kaepernick played like second-half Kaepernick today.
3:10 Ahmad Brooks’ bats down Goff’s pass on third-and-12.
3:15 Kaepernick dumps the ball down to Shaun Draughn on third-and-15 for a gain of 11, and the Niners punt.
3:20 Rams go three-and-out. They’re sitting on this seven-point lead.
3:23 Burbridge catches a short pass out of bounds on third-and-9 and the Niners go three-and-out. They’re sitting on this seven-point deficit.
3:28 DeForest Buckner sacks Goff at the Rams’ 31 on third-and-11. Niners’ ball at their 25 after the punt.
3:34 Aaron Donald sacks Kaepernick on third-and-8 at the 49ers’ 44.
3:37 Todd Gurley gains 7 yards up the middle and the third quarter ends. First-and-10 from the Rams’ 32 when the fourth quarter begins. Will the 49ers’ defense quit?
3:43 Eli Harold sacks Goff on third-and-2, and they go three-and-out again. The Niners defense hasn’t quit yet. Good for them.
3:45 The Rams fake a fake punt, then punt. That was the most exciting play of the second half so far.
3:49 First play of the drive, Kaepernick dumps a pass to Hyde, who catches the ball, turns up field and gets blasted in the knee. He fumbles. Rams recover, but the officials rule the play an incomplete pass. The Rams are challenging. Hyde is hurt.
3:51 The officials reverse their ruling, and the Rams get the ball at the 49ers’ 25. That was Hyde’s second fumble of the game. He recovered the first one.
3:55 Goff throws a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Higbee on third-and-goal from the 2. Turns out sitting on that seven-point deficit was the wrong strategy by the 49ers. Who knew?
4:08 Kaepernick scrambles for a touchdown on third-and-10 from the Rams’ 13 with 5:06 left. Rams lead 21-14.
4:13 Ronald Blair sacks Goff on third-and-5 with 3:17 left.
4:23 Kaepernick throws a 10-yard touchdown pass to Streater on first-and-goal from the 10. And the Niners are going for 2.
4:27 Kaepernick rolls to his right and dives into the end zone. Niners lead 22-21. Then Zane Beadles is flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
4:31 Austin returns the kickoff to the Rams’ 43 with 27 seconds left.
4:32 Rashard Robinson intercepts Goff and the 49ers win. Stay tuned for grades.