This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 17 road game against the LA Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
12:59 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- DL Aaron Lynch
- DL Leger Douzable
- DL D.J. Jones
- LB Pita Taumoepenu
- DB Antone Exum Jr.
- WR Max McCaffrey
- RB Jeremy McNichols
1:00 Poor Aaron Lynch. What a waste of talent.
1:16 In my preview column, I mentioned wide receiver Kendrick Bourne as a player with a lot to prove in this game. Check out which receiver he compares to.
Bourne: 6’1″, 203 lbs., 4.55 40-yard dash, 1.56 10-yard split, 6.73 3-cone drill, 4.21 20-yard shuttle, 36″ vertical jump, 10’04” broad jump.
Atlanta Hawks WR Mohamed Sanu: 6’1″, 211 lbs., 4.54 40-yard dash, 1.59 10-yard split, 6.88 3-cone drill, 4.22 20-yard shuttle, 36″ vertical jump, 10’06” broad jump.
1:25 The 49ers will receive the kickoff.
1:31 On third-and-goal from the 49ers 41, Rams linebacker Cory Littleton falls while covering George Kittle, who catches a short pass over the middle and runs for 44 yards. Glad I wrote about that guy today.
1:32 On second-and-10 from the Rams 15, Jimmy Garoppolo throws left to Matt Breida, who looks back for the ball and has stare into the sun and drops it. Bad play call by Kyle Shanahan. He has to know the LA coliseum runs East to West, and not call passes that forces receivers to battle the sun.
1:37 On third-and-10, Eric Reid decks tight end Gerald Everett and knocks the pass incomplete. Great play by Reid. The Rams go three-and-out.
1:45 On second-and-3 from the Rams eight-yard line, Marquise Goodwin runs a fake reverse, turns around in the backfield, catches in a pass in the flat and sprints into the end zone. Touchdown. Great play design. The 49ers lead 10-0 after an easy 82-yard drive consisting of eight plays and no third downs. Impressive.
1:50 Eric Reid jumps a route and almost intercepts a pass on second-and-8, and the Rams go three-and-out. Reid has played well the first two defensive series of the game. Rams quarterback Sean Mannion looks awful.
1:54 On first-and-10 from the 49ers 41, Jimmy Garoppolo forces a pass over the middle to Marquise Goodwin and gets intercepted. Bad decision. Garoppolo makes at least one of those every game.
1:59 On third-and-goal from the five, free safety Adrian Colbert breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Josh Reynolds. Great play by Colbert. The Rams kick a 23-yard field goal and trail 10-3.
2:02 The 49ers will face third-and-5 from their 30 when the second quarter starts.
2:06 On third-and-five, Garoppolo throws an incomplete pass to Carlos Hyde, who slipped during his route. The 49ers punt.
2:20 The Rams punt from their 45-yard line and pin the 49ers at their 4-yard line.
2:26 On third-and-3 from the Rams 29, Rams cornerback Kevin Peterson breaks up a pass intended for Aldrick Robinson.
2:27 Robbie Gould makes a 48-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 13-3.
2:34 On third-and-9 from the Rams 38, Sheldon Day lines up at one-technique, beats the center and sacks Sean Mannion. Great pass rush. Take notes, Solomon Thomas.
2:39 On second-and-goal from the Rams 16, Jimmy Garoppolo throws over the middle to Marquise Goodwin, who gets hit in the head by Blake Countess. Goodwin has a mini seizure on the field. Horrifying. He’s still down.
2:43 Goodwin rides off the field in the back of a cart while a trainer holds his neck. I hope Goodwin is OK.
2:45 On first-and-goal from the eight, Carlos Hyde runs up the middle and pushes a pile of tacklers into the end zone for the touchdown. Great run. The 49ers lead 20-3 with 1:13 left in the half.
2:52 On second-and-10 from the 49ers 25, Cassius Marsh strips Mannion and Solomon Thomas recovers.
2:53 First play of the 49ers drive, Garoppolo throws into double coverage and gets intercepted by Kevin Peterson for the second time today.
2:54 First play of the Rams drive, Michael Thomas burns Ahkello Witherspoon deep for a 50-yard completion. The officials are reviewing the play.
2:56 They confirm their ruling. First-and-goal from the three-yard line with one second left in the half.
2:57 The Rams make a 21-yard field goal. They trail 20-6 at halftime.
2:59 The Rams targeted Ahkello Witherspoon four times during the final 1:13 of the first half. He gave up three catches for 95 yards.
3:00 George Kittle caught four passes for 100 yards in the first half.
3:01 Jimmy Garoppolo’s passer rating is 67.9.
3:13 On third-and-10, Brock Coyle tackles running back Malcolm Brown after a four-yard catch, and the Rams go three-and-out. They look like the pre-Garoppolo 49ers.
3:19 On third-and-5 from the 49ers 45, the Rams break up a pass intended for Kittle over the middle. The 49ers punt.
3:25 On first-and-10, Sheldon Day tackles Malcolm Brown for a three-yard loss. Day is having a good game. He’s better right now than Solomon Thomas.
3:25 On third-and-12, Dontae Johnson tackles tight end Gerald Everett after a gain of six. Johnson is injured. He’s walking off the field.
3:28 DeForest Buckner is out with a chest injury.
3:33 On third-and-10 from the Rams 49, Kendrick Bourne makes a 16-yard catch over the middle. That’s big time.
3:34 On first-and-goal from the 5, Hyde bounces to the outside and scores his second touchdown of the game. The 49ers lead 27-6 over the Rams B team.
3:42 On third-and-20, Witherspoon strips Gerald Everett and Solomon Thomas recovers.
3:47 The 49ers will face third-and-8 from the Rams 12 when the fourth quarter starts.
3:50 On third-and-8, Garoppolo throws a 12-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, and the 49ers lead 34-6. I hear the fat lady singing.
4:07 On first-and-goal from the eight, Lance Dunbar runs for a touchdown. The Rams trail 34-13.
4:13 Garoppolo throws incomplete passes on first-and-10 and third-and-5, and the 49ers go three-and-out.
4:14 The Rams are flagged for running into punter Bradley Pinion. Automatic first down.
4:18 Matt Breida catches a 32-yard pass on third-and-2.
4:19 Next play, Hyde fumbles after an eight-yard gain, and the Rams recover.
4:19 On third-and-4, Elvis Dumervil sacks Mannion. Marsh was right there, too.
4:24 The 49ers win 34-13. Stay tuned for my post-game Periscope report and team grades.