This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 8 road game against the St. Louis Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
8:32 Here are the Niners’ inactives:
8:33 How many points do you expect the offense to score without Hyde and Boldin?
8:41 Do you think the Niners are making Boldin inactive today because they have a trade lined up, contingent upon Boldin being healthy and passing the physical, and don’t want to risk him going down today to nullify the trade?
9:10 Jason La Canfora tweeted this an hour ago: “Lot of need for OL out there. Another top lineman who could go before the deadline – 49ers LT Joe Staley. Vernon Davis could go as well.”
9:11 Here are the Rams’ inactives:
10:02 Rams win the toss and defer.
10:09 Phil Dawson makes a 54-yard field goal, and the score is 3-0 Niners.
10:10 On third-and-3 from the Rams’ 36-yard line, Colin Kaepernick threw an incomplete pass over the middle to Quinton Patton, who was covered. Behind Patton, Torrey Smith was wide open.
10:16 On third-and-four, Kenny Britt beats Kenneth Acker deep but drops a perfect pass, and the Rams go three-and-out. Niners’ ball at their 21 after the punt.
10:21 Niners go three-and-out after Kaepernick throws a pass over Reggie Bush’s head on third-and-1.
10:27 Reggie Bush just injured his left knee slipping out of bounds after a punt return. That was his first touch of the game. Shocked.
10:31 They’re carting Bush off the field.
10:32 Niners start from their 3-yard line.
10:33 Mike Davis loses one yard on first down, one yard on second down and one yard on third down. The final loss results in a safety. 3-2 Niners. The Rams are bullying Marcus Martin. He got pushed back into the end zone on the safety.
10:37 Nick Foles completes a deep pass to Tavon Austin, but Jaquiski Tartt strips him and the Niners recover. The play is being reviewed to see if the play was an incomplete pass.
10:41 Call stands.
10:43 On first-and-15, Kaepernick sails a simple swing pass over Ellington’s head. The Rams are challenging the play to see if it was a backward pass.
10:44 Call stands.
10:46 Kaepernick goes 0-for-3 on that drive as the Niners go three-and-out once again.
10:50 Now the Rams go three-and-out after Foles overthrows tight end Jared Cook. Good grief. Niners’ ball at their 11 after the punt.
10:52 Kaepernick scrambles for six yards on third-and-eight. Kaepernick has thrown five-straight incomplete passes. Niners punt when the second quarter begins.
10:56 L.J. McCray is injured.
11:03 Rams commit two penalties and go three-and-out. Both teams are one-downing each other.
11:09 Rams commit two more penalties and the Niners still can’t score. Jerome Simpson drops a deep pass on third-and-6, and the Niners punt.
11:11 The Niners are still winning. It’s true.
11:12 Check that — Gurley runs through the middle of the 49ers’ defense untouched for a 71-yard touchdown on first-and-10.
11:13 Foles completes a pass to Cook in the end zone, and the two-point conversion is good. Keith Reaser gave up that catch. The score is 10-3 Rams.
11:19 Kaepernick throws a two-yard pass to Vernon Davis on third-and-13, and the Niners go three-and-out. They may have quit already.
11:23 Tramaine Brock breaks up a pass intended for Kenny Britt in the end zone on third-and-9. Rams make a field goal and lead 13-3.
11:24 Niners have gained 51 yards in this game.
11:32 Third-and-goal from the 6 after the two-minute warning. Vernon Davis has made four catches on this drive.
11:35 Kaepernick didn’t see Patton wide open in the end zone on first and goal.
11:35 Bruce Miller drops a pass on third-and-goal. Dawson makes the 26-yard field goal. 13-6 Rams with 1:53 left in the half.
11:44 On second-and-17, Foles completes a pass over the middle to a wide open Jared Cook for a gain of 49. There’s that famous Eric-Mangini zone defense. Kenneth Acker was injured on the play.
11:46 Ahmad Brooks flagged for a facemask penalty on first-and-goal. Quinton Dial was injured on the play.
11:47 Austin scores on a jet sweep from two yards out. 20-6 Rams.
11:50 Colin Kaepernick takes a knee and, miraculously, no flags are thrown. Halftime. The Niners were flagged 10 times in the first half. This team won’t play for Jim Tomsula.
12:03 To recap: Bruce Miller had three special teams penalties and a drop in the red zone during the first half.
12:08 Austin catches a pass out of bounds on third-and-7, and the Rams punt. St. Louis is 0-for-7 on third down. The Niners are getting blown out by a team with terrible offense.
12:15 Kaepernick throws a beautiful pass on third-and-9 to Jerome Simpson, who runs a comeback route and catches the ball past the first-down marker, but his momentum carries him back and the 49ers have to punt.
12:21 Foles throws the ball away, and the Rams fail to convert on third down yet again. But the punt pins the Niners at their 2.
12:25 Kaepernick stares down Torrey Smith running a comeback route on the left side of the field on third-and-5. Robert Quinn jumps and bats the pass to the ground. If he hadn’t batted the pass, it probably would have been intercepted and returned for a touchdown. A break for the Niners.
12:30 Brooks recovers a fumble and returns it for a touchdown, but the touchdown doesn’t count because Brooks grabbed the running back by the facemask. Rams’ ball.
12:33 Tomsula thinks the 49ers should have the ball even though the fumble happened before Brooks recovered the ball.
12:38 Quinton Dial blocks a 40-yard field goal attempt. The Niners are still in the game. Can the offense do anything?
12:42 Kaepernick completes a 16-yard pass to Simpson on second-and-15. Great throw. Second-and-10 from the Niners’ 41 when the fourth quarter begins.
12:43 Simpson is a good receiver. He’s big, and he’s a threat downfield. He should start the rest of the season. Expect Boldin to get traded in the next couple of days.
12:46 Kaepernick bounces a pass five feet in front of Simpson on third-and-4, and the Niners go three-and-out near midfield. Brutal. The Rams keep inviting the Niners back into the game and the Niners keep refusing.
12:51 Rams go three-and-out and punt, and Eli Harold is flagged for holding during the return. That’s penalty No. 12 for the Niners. It’s almost like they’re trying to lose.
12:59 Torrey Smith drops a pass on third-and-12. The Niners are 3-for-15 on third down.
1:00 As soon as the Niners put Kaepernick in the shotgun on that drive, he got sacked. They need to keep him under center. Not that it matters. This game is over.
1:03 On third-and-3, Foles throws a screen pass to Austin, who runs 66 yards through the middle of the Niners’ defense for a touchdown. 27-7 Rams. I told you this game wouldn’t be a blowout.
1:10 Phil Dawson punts on fourth-and-3.
1:15 First and 10 at the Rams’ 49 after Ellington returns the punt 28 yards.
1:19 The Niners turn it over on downs after Janoris Jenkins breaks up Kaepernick’s pass to Simpson on fourth-and-2.
1:23 Foles takes the victory knee. Rams win 27-6. Stay tuned for grades.