This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 6 road game against the Redskins. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
10:03 The Redskins receive the opening kickoff.
10:09 On second-and-five from the 49ers 11-yard line, Kirk Cousins throws a touchdown pass to Josh Doctson, who beat Jaquiski Tartt with a post route. 7-0 Redskins. The Niners seem physically and emotionally unprepared for this game. Seems like they’re still in shock NaVorro Bowman is gone and Carlos Hyde could be gone soon, too.
10:14 On that touchdown pass, the 49ers defense played a three-deep zone against a three-by-one formation in the red zone. Horrible call by Robert Saleh. No way to stop the middle receiver on the seam or skinny post concept. The way to shut down that alignment in the red zone is to use quarters coverage, lock the single receiver and slide the free safety over the top of the No. 3 so the other safety can handle the No. 2 receiver and the Mike backer can run vertically with the No. 3 receiver.
10:21 On third-and-12 from the 49ers 44, Brian Hoyer completes a five-yard pass to George Kittle, and the 49ers punt. Carlos Hyde rushed twice and lost two yards during that drive. Victor Bolden Jr. played one snap and ran a fake jet sweep.
10:27 On third-and-6, Saleh calls a soft Cover 3 defense and rushes only four players, but Cousins overthrows an open receiver downfield and the Redskins go three-and-out.
10:30 On first down, Trent Brown commits a false-start penalty. On second down, Garrett Celek drops a pass. And on third down, Joe Staley gives up a sack. Brandon Fusco also got walked back into Hoyer’s lap on that play. Classic 2017 49ers.
10:36 On third-and-1 from the Redskins 46, Tartt blitzes and tackles running back Mack Brown behind the line of scrimmage for a one-yard loss. First sign of life from the 49ers. Trent Taylor makes a fair catch at the 49ers 13.
10:41 On third-and-6, Kyle Shanahan calls a pass for Trent Taylor, who runs a one-yard route. Hoyer hits him for a one-yard gain. Gutsy play call. Niners go three-and-out.
10:54 On third-and-1 from the 49ers three-yard line, Cousins throws a swing pass to running back Samaje Perine, who scores. 14-0 Redskins. The 49ers are mailing this one in.
10:57 The 49ers are averaging a whopping one yard per play on offense. Matt Breida hasn’t been on the field yet.
11:02 Hoyer completes a 21-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson on third-and-10. But on the next play, Trent Brown commits his second false start of the game. And on the play after that, Marquise Goodwin drops a pass over the middle. The Niners punt two plays later.
11:04 Fusco is getting Hoyer killed. Hoyer knows he’s in trouble when he has the ball and sees Fusco’s face staring at him.
11:07 On second-and-7, Jimmie Ward makes a diving interception, but it looks like the ball hit the ground. The play is under review.
11:11 The officials rule the pass incomplete.
11:12 On the next play, Rashard Robinson intercepts a deep pass intended for Vernon Davis. Niners ball at their 20.
11:13 The 49ers have benched Brian Hoyer. C.J. Beathard is the new quarterback.
11:16 On third-and-10 from the 49ers 43, Kittle drops a pass, and the Niners punt.
11:25 The Redskins make a 48-yard field goal and lead 17-0.
11:37 On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Carlos Hyde takes the handoff and scores. 17-7 Redskins. The Niners will get the ball to start the second half. Beathard was 6-of-14 for 89 yards and a QB rating of 64.3 in the second quarter.
12:02 Robbie Gould makes a 52-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 17-10. Beathard’s QB rating is up to 74.2.
12:12 On third-and-six from the Redskins 35, Cousins throws a short pass to Jamison Crowder, and K’Waun Williams tackles him three yards short of the first-down marker. Trent Taylor returns the punt 39 yards to midfield. Let’s see if Beathard can lead another scoring drive.
12:20 On third-and-5 from the 20, Brandon Fusco gives up another sack. He is unbelievably bad.
12:21 Robbie Gould pushes a 47-yard field goal attempt wide right.
12:24 Ray Ray Armstrong strips Vernon Davis, Jimmie Ward recovers the ball and returns it for a touchdown. But it seems Davis was down. The play is under review.
12:27 Davis wasn’t down. The fumble stands. But Ward stepped out of bounds at the 1-yard line.
12:28 Hyde scores on first-and-goal from the 1, and the Niners tie the game at 17.
12:34 On third-and-11 from the Redskins 42, the 49ers rush six defenders and still can’t touch Cousins, who completes an 18-yard pass to Ryan Grant over the middle. The Redskins will face another third-and-long when the fourth quarter starts.
12:37 Coyle gives up a 14-yard catch to Chris Thompson. The Niners third-down defense is so bad.
12:43 On third-and-goal from the three, Dontae Johnson breaks up Cousins’ pass to Josh Doctson. Dustin Hopkins makes a 21-yard field goal and the Redskins lead 20-17 with 10:34 left.
12:50 On third-and-five from the 49ers 40, the 49ers offensive line gives up heavy pressure and Beathard throws deep and out of bounds near Aldrick Robinson. That’s twice in a row Shanahan has made Beathard drop straight back on third-and-5. Shanahan knows the 49ers can’t block. He needs to move the pocket and change the launch point.
1:05 Ray Ray Armstrong stares at the quarterback and forgets to cover Vernon Davis, who sprints down the field and makes a 51-yard catch.
1:07 On first-and-goal from the 7, Solomon Thomas guesses wrong on a read-option play and allows Cousins to run into the end zone for the touchdown. So much for that Stanford education.
1:11 On first-and-10 from the Redskins 45, Beathard shuffles up in the pocket and throws a long pass to Aldrick Robinson for a touchdown. Great play. Niners trail 26-24 with 1:58 left.
1:14 The Redskins recover the onside kick.
1:17 Washington runs three straight times and go three-and-out. The Niners will get the ball back with roughly a minute left in the game.
1:18 The punt results in a touchback. The Niners start from their 20 with 54 seconds left. They need a field goal to win.
1:31 On fourth-and-20 from midfield, Beathard throws an interception and the 49ers lose their fifth-straight game by three or fewer points. That’s a new NFL record. Stay tuned for my postgame Periscope and team grades.