This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 3 road game against the Seahawks. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
11:35 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- QB Christian Ponder
- FS Marcus Cromartie
- RB DuJuan Harris
- DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
- OT John Theus
- OT Anthony Davis
- DT Taylor Hart
11:43 The 49ers’ defense has a great opportunity to grow up today. It has given up 33 points per game on the road since last season.
11:55 Here are the Seahawks’ inactives:
- RB C.J. Prosises
- RB Thomas Rawls
- S Tyvis Powell
- OG Rees Odhiambo
- OG Germain Ifedi
- TE Nick Vannett
- DT Quinton Jefferson
- The Seahawks will try to get tight end Jimmy Graham matched up against Niners’ strong safety Antoine Bethea deep down the field. Bethea gave up a 78-yard touchdown catch to Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen last week.
- The 49ers will feature tight end Vance McDonald in the passing game. The Seahawks’ excellent defense has struggled against tight ends in the past.
- Blaine Gabbert will throw a couple of deep passes to Quinton Patton, who will be matched up against the Seahawks’ No. 3 corner, DeShawn Shead.
1:02 Niners win the toss and defer.
1:07 Christine Michael breaks through the line untouched and runs away from the 49ers’ defense and scores a 41-yard touchdown. Jaquiski Tartt could not keep up. DeForest Buckner got pushed completely out of the play. 7-0 Seahawks. Three-play drive. The second play was a 34-yard pass to Doug Baldwin, who beat nickel back Chris Davis.
1:13 Blaine Gabbert throws a four-yard pass to Jeremy Kerley on third-and-7 and the Niners go three-and-out. The first play of the drive was a read-option with no running back in the backfield. Gabbert kept the ball and ran for one yard. Was that Chip Kelly’s big wrinkle for today?
1:16 Seahawks start from their 38 after a 14-yard return by Tyler Lockett and a holding penalty on Kyle Nelson.
1:27 Michael scores another touchdown, this time from four yards out. 14-0 Seahawks. Michael already has 72 rushing yards and two touchdowns. I guess the Niners’ defense isn’t growing up any time soon.
1:33 Niners go three-and-out again after three-straight runs by Carlos Hyde net just nine yards. The final run was an outside-zone play which was telegraphed by the 12 personnel grouping and the formation, which included both tight ends on the left. Do better, Chip.
1:38 Eli Harold chases down running back Alex Collins after a 10-yard catch-and-run, and the Seahawks go three-and-out. Jeremy Kerley returns the punt 20 yards to the Niners’ 34.
1:41 Gabbert completes an 11-yard pass to Torrey Smith on the first play of the drive just before the first quarter ends.
1:46 Gabbert throws a grounder to Jeremy Kerley on third-and-four and the Niners punt after four plays, which is a big improvement for them.
1:54 Jimmy Graham fumbles and Gerald Hodges recovers at the Seahawks’ 30.
1:57 Gabbert completes a three-yard pass to Shaun Draughn on third-and-4 from the 6. Checkdown Charlie. Phil Dawson makes a 20-yard field goal and the score is 14-3 Seahawks.
2:01 Jimmie Ward grabs his right hip and crumples to the ground as he runs down the field for the kick off. No one touched him. Now he’s walking off the field.
2:04 Vance McDonald has a hip injury and is questionable to return.
2:06 Wilson has forever in the pocket on third-and-14, and completes a 59-yard pass down the middle of the field to Doug Baldwin, who beat both Eric Reid and Tramaine Brock. Next play, Wilson scrambles to his left and throws against his body to a wide open Jimmy Graham who beat NaVorro Bowman for the touchdown. 21-3 Seahawks. Game over.
2:14 Jimmie Ward is out with a quad.
2:15 Gabbert completes a 13-yard pass to Torrey Smith on third-and-16. Next play, Phil Dawson misses a 53-yard field goal way short and wide right. Seahawks’ ball at their 43.
2:21 Gerald Hodges jumps offside and Wilson completes a 40-yard pass to Jimmy Graham, who snatches the ball out of Eric Reid’s hands. Bad game for Reid. He should have intercepted that.
2:25 Steven Hauschka makes a 33-yard field goal with 1:13 left in the half. 24-3 Seahawks.
2:29 Kelly calls an inside handoff for Draughn on third-and-10. Really. Draughn loses two yards, and the team punts after the offense held the ball for just 13 seconds.
2:41 Pathetic offense. Woeful passing game. Just brutal. This isn’t even a rivalry anymore.
2:47 Checkdown Charlie completes a two-yard pass to Garrett Celek on third-and-four. Celek has to reach up for the pass, and he takes a shot in the back from Kam Chancellor. Time for the Belldozer.
2:49 McDonald is out with a hip injury.
2:53 Seahawks go three-and-out. Niners’ ball at their 41 after the punt.
2:57 Gabbert forces a pass to Jeremy Kerley who is double-covered on third-and-4. Bobby Wagner almost picks off the pass, and the Niners’ go three-and-out.
2:58 Then Tyler Lockett returns the punt 62 yards.
3:01 Eli Harold drags Wilson down by the horse collar on third-and-21. Automatic first down. Wilson’s leg bends awkwardly and he leaves the game for one play. Now he’s back. Darrell Bevel has gotten greedy, exposing Wilson for no reason. Going for the kill shot when the Niners are dead already.
3:07 Hauschka makes another 33-yard field goal. 27-3 Seahawks.
3:12 On third-and-8, Gabbert throws a pass to Patton, who appears to catch the ball and the lateral it to Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. Interesting strategy. Seahawks’ ball at the Niners’ 20.
3:19 Hauschka makes a 22-yard field goal. 30-3 Seahawks.
3:24 Gabbert rolls out and throws out of bounds on third-and-6. Niners go three-and-out.
3:24 Niners are 0-for-10 on third down.
3:25 Trevone Boykin throws a 16-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin on third-and-6. Boykin would be the best QB on the 49ers right now. 37-3 Seahawks.
3:42 Hyde scores a 10-yard touchdown run. 37-10 Seattle. Niners ran the ball eight times on that drive. Chip Kelly wanted to establish his run game down 34 points with eight minutes left.
3:51 Boykin throws a pick right to Nick Bellore with 3:40 left. Niners’ ball at Seattle’s 47.
4:01 Hyde scores a touchdown and a two-point conversion. 37-18 Seattle. Kelly leaves Hyde in the game to make Kelly’s offensive numbers look better.