This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 14 road game against the Houston Texans. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
9:54 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- RT Trent Brown
- DE Ronald Blair
- DE Leger Douzable
- NT D.J. Jones
- LB Pita Taumoepenu
- S Antone Exum
- RB Jeremy McNichols
10:02 The Texans win the toss and defer. The 49ers will have the ball first.
10:05 The 49ers go three-and-out to start the game. Jimmy Garopplo’s pass intended for Marquise Goodwin on third-and-three was broken up, and Kendrick Bourne was flagged for offensive pass interference, which the Texans declined.
10:11 On third-and-3 from the 49ers 34, K’Waun Williams sacks Tom Savage. Next play, the Texans make a 55-yard field goal and take a 3-0 lead. Savage completed three of three passes for 33 yards on that drive. DeAndre Hopkins made one uncontested catch against a soft Cover 3 defense. He ran a comeback route as corner Dontae Johnson kept running downfield.
10:20 On first-and-15 from the Texans 39, Jadeveon Clowney beats Zane Beadles around the edge, Garoppolo rushes his throw and passes behind Trent Taylor. Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson intercepts the pass. After the interception, tight end Garrett Celek commits a horse-collar penalty.
10:25 On fourth-and-1 from the 49ers 39, Earl Mitchell tackles Texans running back Lamar Miller two yards behind the line of scrimmage. That was a classic Kyle Shanahan play by Bill O’Brien. Hard to run up the middle when the gaps are stacked with inches to go.
10:30 Robert Saleh lined up his players in a 46 defense on that fourth-and-1 play, and the nose tackle swam the center. I’ve been saying Saleh should use that defense all season. Good for Robert.
10:32 On second-and-10, Daniel Kilgore commits a holding penalty that negates a nine-yard run by Hyde. The Niners go three-and-out.
10:33 The 49ers have committed four penalties in the first quarter. One penalty was declined.
10:35 The Texans are clogging the middle of the field with multiple zone defenders, yet Kyle Shanahan continues to call pass plays with primary and secondary receivers in those areas. The Texans have a good scouting report on where Shanahan likes to go with the ball.
10:36 The Texans will face first-and-10 from their 27 when the second quarter starts.
10:45 On third-and-17 from the Texans 37, Texans tight end Stephen Anderson drops a first-down pass over the middle. The Niners will get the ball at their 20-yard line.
10:47 Earlier in the drive, Eli Harold sacked Savage for a seven-yard loss on second-and-10 when no one blocked him.
10:54 On third-and-10 from the 49ers 38, Garoppolo throws an incomplete pass intended for Marquise Goodwin. The pass was broken up by Texans corner Johnathan Joseph. The 49ers punt.
10:59 On third-and-7 from the Texans nine, the 49ers rush seven defenders and force Savage to throw a quick, incomplete throw. Saleh is doing a good job of blitzing on third-and-long.
11:00 Reuben Foster is hurt again.
11:01 Elvis Dumervil drove Savage into the ground on that third down, Savage’s helmet hit the turf and his hands started shaking. Looks like a concussion.
11:06 On third-and-16 from the Texans 39, Garoppolo completes a five-yard pass to Trent Taylor. Next play, Robbie Gould makes a 52-yard field goal. The 49ers and Texans are tied at three.
11:07 Something to watch: Right tackle Zane Beadles and right guard Brandon Fusco cannot handle the twist stunt by the Texans DE and DT. Jadeveon Clowney is coming around clean on that stunt and hitting Garoppolo.
11:11 Carlos Hyde, the 49ers leading receiver, whiffed on a deep pass during that drive. Embarrassing play.
11:12 Texans running back Lamar Miller hurts his knee. He’s out. The Texans may not score another point.
11:13 Savage throws a screen pass into the turf on third-and-11, and the Texans go three-and-out. I can’t believe Savage is playing. He was twitching on the field. He probably is concussed.
11:19 On second-and-goal from the two-yard line, Hyde runs up the middle, bounces outside and scores. Classic Hyde. The Niners lead 10-3. Ten points should be enough to win this game.
11:21 On that drive, Shanahan finally noticed the Texans were giving him one-on-one matchups on the left side. So, he called two long passes to Kyle Juszczyk, who caught both. Good adjustment.
11:30 T.J. Yates replaces Savage and leads a 75-yard touchdown drive. Hopkins caught the TD pass when he beat Dontae Johnson with a move to the inside. The Texans clearly feel Johnson in the weak link in the 49ers secondary. The Niners still lead 10-9 after the Texans miss the extra point.
11:38 Gould makes a 35-yard field goal before halftime. The 49ers lead 13-9. That drive was made possible by Hopkins, who ran out of bounds when he didn’t have to during the previous series. Still, Hopkins is having a great game — seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Feels like a repeat of Week 4 when the 49ers couldn’t stop T.Y. Hilton.
11:40 Garoppolo’s quarterback rating in the first half was 64.4.
11:52 The Texans get the ball to start the third quarter. They will start from their 25.
11:57 On first-and-10 from the 49ers 29, Yates throws a touchdown pass to Hopkins. The Texans lead 16-13.
11:59 The Texans are going after Dontae Johnson mercilessly with Hopkins. The Texans targeted Johnson four times on the drive. The result: three catches, 52 yards, one touchdown, two pass-interference penalties (one was declined).
12:09 Garoppolo leads the 49ers to the Texans seven-yard line, then throws three straight incomplete passes. Gould makes a 25-yard field goal, and the 49ers and Texans are tied at 16.
12:17 The 49ers benched Dontae Johnson.
12:18 On third-and-2 from the Texans 46, Yates throws an incomplete pass intended for DeAndrew White. The 49ers get the ball at their 15 after the punt.
12:25 On second-and-2 from the Texans 6, Garoppolo throws a touchdown pass to Garrett Celek in the left flat. Celek was wide open. The 49ers lead 23-16. Celek caught a 61-yard catch earlier in the drive.
12:31 On third-and-10, Adrian Colbert breaks up a pass intended for DeAndrew White, and the Texans go three-and-out.
12:35 On second-and-6 from the 49ers 17, Laken Tomlinson commits a holding penalty. Next play, Brandon Fusco commits a false start. The 49ers will face second-and-19 from the four-yard line when the fourth quarter starts.
12:41 On third-and-16 from the 49ers’ 36, Garoppolo overthrows a deep pass to Marquise Goodwin, and a Texans defensive back drops an interception.
12:43 Bradley Pinion shanks a 24-yard punt, and the Texans get the ball at their 40.
12:47 On third-and-6 from the Texans’ 48, Elvis Dumervil hits Yates as he throws and forces an incomplete pass. Texans punt.
12:57 On third-and-9 from the 49ers 49, Garoppolo gets sacked for an 11-yard loss. The 49ers punt.
1:01 On second-and-11, Hopkins catches a screen pass, runs upfield and Adrian Colbert knocks the ball out of his hands. Great play. The 49ers recover.
1:06 Gould makes a 41-yard field goal. The 49ers lead 26-16 with 3:50 left.
1:12 On third-and-15 from the Texans 34, DeForest Buckner sacks Yates for a seven-yard loss. The Texans are going for it on fourth down.
1:13 Yates completes a 24-yard pass to DeAndrew White on fourth down just before the two-minute warning. The 49ers are challenging the play.
1:14 On the replay, it looks like White caught the ball, hit the turf, stood up before anyone touched him and got stripped by Eric Reid.
1:16 The officials rule White gave himself up. Not a reviewable play.
1:20 The Texans miss a 52-yard field goal, and the 49ers will win 26-16. Stay tuned for my post-game report and team grades.