This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
Here are the 49ers inactives:
WR DeAndrew White
CB Chris Davis
LB Michael Wilhoite
LB Aaron Lynch
G Brandon Thomas
G Jordan Devey
G Alex Boone
Here are the Bengals inactives:
QB Andy Dalton
WR Mario Alford
S George Iloka
OT Jake Fisher
TE Tyler Eifert
DT Marcus Hardison
DT Pat Sims
12:40 Looks like Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters will win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Niners passed on him to draft Arik Armstead.
12:49 Marcus Martin is playing right guard. Andrew Tiller is playing left guard.
12:53 Here are some fun vines of Niners starting inside linebacker Gerald Hodges:
1:00 Here are the injured players Trent Baalke has drafted:
Zero have worked out.
1:23 The Bengals win the toss and defer.
1:28 On third-and-13, Gabbert throws the check down pass so fast Shaun Draughn can’t even turn his head around. Niners punt.
1:31 Tank Carradine is starting at defensive end in a four-man front.
1:32 McCarron scrambles for one-yard on third-and-4, and the Bengals go three-and-out.
1:39 Shaun Draughn runs for 19 total yards on the first-three plays of the drive, then gets flagged for unnecessary roughness after the fourth play. Gabbert pads his stats with a 10-yard completion on third-and-15. Niners punt.
1:45 Jaquiski Tartt stops Giovani Bernard for no gain on third-and-1, and Bowman stops him for a loss of one on fourth-and-1. Inspired play-calling by Hue Jackson.
1:46 Earlier in that drive, A.J. Green beat Tramaine Brock deep for a gain of 37.
1:49 Gabbert completes a two-yard pass to Blake Bell on third-and-three. You can’t make this stuff up.
1:53 Harold blitzes up the middle on third-and-6, hits A.J. McCarron and forces a bad throw. Bengals go three-and-out. NaVorro Bowman is having an excellent game. He made two tackles on that series.
1:58 Quinton Patton commits a false-start penalty on third-and-5, and Gabbert throws a six-yard pass to Blake Bell on third-and-10 as the first quarter ends.
2:04 Bengals go three-and-out again. Niners defense playing well against a backup quarterback.
2:05 Niners start for their 43.
2:10 On third-and-11, McDonald drops a pass and Adam Jones picks it off. Brutal drops. McDonald has feet for hands.
2:14 Jimmie Ward breaks up a pass intended for A.J. Green on third-and-8. Ward is having a good season.
2:17 Erik Pears commits a holding penalty on first down. Fifth penalty of the game for the Niners.
2:19 Gabbert throws a first-down pass to Anquan Boldin on third-and-10, and Boldin fumbles. The Bengals recover. Seems time for Boldin to retire.
2:25 Shaun Draughn is questionable with a knee injury. Time to play the fifth-string running back.
2:27 Jeremy Hill punches the ball in the end zone from one yard out. 7-0 Bengals, who may have already scored enough points to win.
2:32 Travaris Cadet whiffs in pass protection on second-and-8, Gabbert gets sacked for a 10-yard loss, the Niners go three-and-out and Bradley Pinion kicks an 18-yard punt. People paid to see this.
2:43 Hill again scores from one-yard out. The Bengals lead 14-0, and the Niners seem to have quit. Defense played hard for a while, though–credit where credit is due.
2:48 The Bengals pick off another pass McDonald dropped.
2:49 Next play, McCarron throws a touchdown pass to a wide open tight end. 21-0 Bengals. The Niners have quit. Mark the time.
2:54 Fans boo the home team as it walks to the locker room for halftime.
3:20 Bengals drive down the field and kick a field goal to open the second half. 24-0. Hue Jackson is making a good impression on his future employer.
3:20 Kenneth Acker gave up two long catches on third down during that drive.
3:21 Jimmie Ward might be the 49ers’ best defensive back.
3:22 Draughn is out with knee injury.
3:25 Gabbert scrambles for six yards on third-and-10. Good halftime adjustments by Geep Chryst.
3:27 Dontae Johnson injured on the punt return.
3:31 Giovani Bernard just ran over Eric Reid. Second scat back who has trucked Reid the past two games. Previous one was Duke Johnson.
3:33 Ian Williams pushes a pulling guard into Jeremy Hill, who fumbles. Niners recover.
3:36 Gabbert overthrows a wide-open McDonald in the end zone.
3:39 TOUCHDOWN 49ERS!!!!!!!! Bruce Miller scores from one-yard out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3:46 Jimmie Ward blitzes and sacks A.J. McCarron on third-and-12. Ward has not quit.
3:48 Niners commit penalty No. 9–holding on Marcus Martin–as the third quarter ends.
3:52 Martin injured on first play of fourth quarter.
3:54 On third-and-12, Gabbert checks down to a covered receiver instead of throwing downfield to Blake Bell who is open. Pass incomplete. Niners punt.
4:00 Martin is questionable with a head injury.
4:09 Gabbert overthrows Torrey Smith on third-and-19, then yells at Smith for some reason. Get this clown out of here.
4:10 Bengals block Phil Dawson’s field goal attempt.
4:14 18 people still in the stands.
4:15 Eric Reid sacks McCarron on third-and-11.
4:16 Martin has a concussion and is out.
4:19 Gabbert rolls out and throws a grounder to Bell on third-and-2.
4:20 Gabbert completes a nine-yard pass to Patton on fourth down.
4:21 Next play, Erik Pears gives up a sack.
4:23 Gabbert throws off his back foot to Boldin in the end zone. Touchdown. Gabbert gets his 14 points — a model of consistency.
4:25 Dawson to attempt an onside kick.
4:26 Nick Bellore appears to recover the ball, but the refs award possession to the Bengals. Jim Tomsula is challenging.
4:30 Challenge successful. Niners ball down by 10 with 2:16 left.
4:31 Gabbert completes a 27-yard pass to Bell just before the two-minute warning.
4:33 Gabbert throws deep for Simpson and gets picked off by Shawn Williams. That’s why Gabbert doesn’t throw deep.
4:42 Geno Atkins blows by Andrew Tiller and sacks Gabbert, and that’s the game. Stay tuned for grades.