PITTSBURGH — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 2 road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
8:32 The 49ers’ inactives are WR Bruce Ellington, RB Reggie Bush, CB Shareece Wright, OG Brandon Thomas, NT Mike Purcell, OC Nick Easton and OLB Corey Lemonier.
8:34 The Steelers’ inactives are QB Landry Jones, WR Sammie Coates, CB Cortez Allen, C/G Chris Hubbard, TE Jesse James, DE L.T. Walton and DE Caushaud Lyons.
8:52 Reggie Bush is a professional rehabber.
9:10 Ben Roethlisberger had a sprained ankle the last time he played the 49ers.
10:00 The 49ers win the toss and defer.
10:03 The last time Todd Haley faced the 49ers (2010), his offense scored 31 points.
10:07 On third-and-10, Roethlisberger completes a 28-yard pass down the left sideline to Antonio Brown, who burned Kenneth Acker. The 49ers are challenging the play.
10:09 The refs uphold their ruling.
10:13 The Steelers punt from midfield after their third penalty of the opening drive. Terrible. Hayne makes a fair catch at the Niners’ 15.
10:14 The Niners completely shut down Pittsburgh’s running game on that drive.
10:21 On third-and-7 from the Niners’ 41, Colin Kaepernick completes a pass over the middle to Anquan Boldin, who gets stripped by William Gay. The Steelers recover, but officials rule the pass incomplete. Pittsburgh is challenging the play.
10:23 The refs confirm their ruling of an incomplete pass. Looked like a fumble to me.
10:25 On the previous play, Colin Kaepernick got sacked by Stephon Tuitt, who beat right guard Jordan Devey.
10:26 On third-and-five, Darrius Heyward-Bey beats Dontae Johnson for a 41-yard catch.
10:30 On second-and-goal from the 2, tight end Heath Miller beats Antoine Bethea and Jimmie Ward for a touchdown.
10:31 Brown beats Acker for the two-point conversion. Acker slipped and fell on the grass. 8-0 Steelers.
10:32 Bad pass rush and pass coverage on that drive. NaVorro Bowman was flagged for defensive holding in the red zone. He’s shaky in coverage.
10:33 DeAndrew White returns the kickoff to the 49ers’ 13.
10:34 The Steelers used a hurry-up offense on their second drive. The Niners were not prepared.
10:40 Kaepernick completes an 11-yard pass to Carlos Hyde over the middle as the first quarter ends. First-and-10 from the Steelers’ 33.
10:42 Hyde missed two plays with an injured leg. He’s back.
10:48 The 49ers were facing first-and-goal from the 10. Then Erik Pears was flagged for a false start. Then Torrey Smith lost three yards on a screen pass. Then Carlos Hyde lost four yards on another screen. Third-and-27, and the Niners use their second timeout of the first half.
10:51 On third-and-goal, Kaepernick gets sacked by Cameron Heyward, who beats Alex Boone. Phil Dawson makes a 47-yard field goal, and the score is 8-3 Steelers.
10:59 On third-and-6 from the Steelers’ 39, Roethlisberger throws deep to Brown, who beats Acker and Reid for a 59-yard catch. DeAngelo Williams runs into the end zone from two yards out on the next play.
11:01 Ahmad Brooks is flagged for a neutral zone infraction on the extra point. So the Steelers choose to go for the two-point conversion from the one, and Roethlisberger completes a pass to a wide open Heath Miller. 16-3 Steelers.
11:06 Kaepernick gets sacked for a 17-yard loss on third-and-7, and the Niners go three-and-out. The Niners’ drop-back passing game is broken.
11:07 Brown returns the punt 16 yards to the 49ers’ 35. Vance McDonald is injured on the play.
11:09 First play, Roethlisberger hits Heyward-Bey deep for a 35-yard touchdown down the right seam. The Niners’ defense was rotating toward Brown on the left.
11:10 Extra point no good. 22-3 Steelers. Is this game already over?
11:14 Hyde fumbles on first-and-10 from the Niners’ 45, and the Steelers recover at the Niners’ 42. Hyde hasn’t seemed right since he took that big hit.
11:16 McDonald has a knee injury and is questionable.
11:18 The Steelers will face second-and-goal from the 2 after the two-minute warning.
11:21 Williams runs up the middle untouched for a touchdown. The Niners seem totally demoralized.
11:21 Josh Scobee makes the extra point. 29-3 Steelers.
11:26 Kaepernick stares down Vernon Davis on third-and-5 and the pass gets broken up. Anquan Boldin was wide open downfield. Kaepernick never looked at him.
11:27 Roethlisberger kneels down. Halftime.
11:47 Kaepernick scrambled for two yards on third-and-24, and the Niners punt. Kaepernick got sacked on second down. He has been sacked four times already.
11:51 Steelers go three-and-out for the first time today.
11:51 Jarryd Hayne trips and gains just 7 yards on the punt return.
11:54 Kaepernick keeps the ball on a read option and fumbles. The Niners recover. Gain of six.
12:06 Carlos Hyde went to the locker room.
12:08 Bruce Miller drops a touchdown catch on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and the Niners turn it over on downs. Tomsula is challenging.
12:09 Hyde is being evaluated for a head injury. His return is questionable.
12:10 The refs confirm their ruling. Miller did not maintain control of the ball. Steelers’ ball at their 1. An 18-play drive that nets no points.
12:13 Reid breaks up a deep pass to Brown on third-and-6. Great play. Brown had Acker beat yet again.
12:13 DeAndrew White returns the punt four yards.
12:16 Vernon Davis runs downfield completely uncovered and, after three or four seconds, Kaepernick actually spots him, and hits him for a gain of 43. First-and-10 from the Steelers’ 26 when the fourth quarter begins.
12:21 Blake Bell left the game with what seemed like a back injury.
12:23 Kaepernick is flagged for delay of game on third-and-goal from the 6. He had no clue the clock was running down.
12:24 Kaepernick sacked for a three-yard loss on third-and-goal.
12:24 Kaepernick throws a 14-yard touchdown pass to Boldin. Comeback time! The officials are reviewing the play to see if Boldin got both feet in bounds.
12:27 The touchdown is confirmed. Huge momentum shift. Can Pittsburgh respond???
12: 27 Phil Dawson makes the extra point. 29-10 Steelers with 13:16 left.
12:34 On third-and-2, Roethlisberger completes a 48-yard pass to Markus Wheaton. Michael Wilhoite was covering him. Great coverage concept by the Mangenius.
12:37 Williams scores another touchdown, this one from one yard out. Extra point good. 36-10 Steelers.
12:40 Kaepernick completes a pass over the middle to Torrey Smith, who breaks a tackle and runs for a 75-yard touchdown. Gritty effort. The Niners are going for two.
12:41 Kaepernick completes a fade pass to Torrey Smith. Two-point conversion good. 36-18 with 9:43 left.
12:44 On third-and-four from the 27, Brooks jumps offside and gives the Steelers a free play. So Roethlisberger throws deep for Brown — why not? He beats Brock for a 56-yard catch.
12:46 Brown beats Acker for a seven-yard touchdown catch two plays later. Two minutes, 80 yards. 43-18 Steelers.
12: 48 This is new territory for the 49ers. They never gave up more than 42 points under Jim Harbaugh and Vic Fangio.
12:59 Kaepernick scrambles three yards for the touchdown. The play is being reviewed. Kaepernick’s knees seem to be down before the ball crosses the plain.
1:01 The refs reverse their call. First-and-10 at the 1 for the Steelers. Michael Vick is their quarterback.