This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 5 home game against the Cardinals. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box.
4:00 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- QB Christian Ponder
- WR Keshawn Martin
- CB Jimmie Ward
- OT John Theus
- TE Vance McDonald
- DT Glenn Dorsey
- DT DeForest Buckner
4:10 And here are the Cardinals’ inactives:
- QB Carson Palmer
- DT Robert Nkemdiche
- DT Ed Stinson
- DT Josh Mauro
- DT Olsen Pierre
- TE Darren Fells
- OG Cole Toner
5:20 The Cardinals win the toss and elect to receive the opening kickoff.
5:27 J.J. Nelson returns a short kickoff to the Cardinals’ 43. Good start!
5:30 Tramaine Brock breaks up a deep pass intended for Jeron Brown on third-and-10, and the Cards punt. Jeremy Kerley makes a fair catch at the Niners’ 20 after a 19-yard punt.
5:34 Blaine Gabbert overthrows a wide open Garrett Celek running a deep corner route on first down, and the Niners punt three plays later. Gabbert nailed that throw last week. What’s his deal??
5:40 The Cardinals commit the first FIPS of the game — a false start penalty on third-and-6. On third-and-11, David Johnson drops a pass in front of Michael Wilhoite and the Cardinals punt. Niners’ ball at their 11.
5:46 On third-and-4, Gabbert scrambles out of the pocket and throws a pass that bounced off Celek’s chest. Good throw. Cardinals’ ball at their 7-yard line after the punt.
5:53 On third-and-5, Jaquiski Tartt jumps Larry Fitzgerald’s slant route and breaks up the pass from Drew Stanton. Great play by Tartt. The Niners should use him in man coverage more often. After the punt, Niners’ ball at their 16.
5:59 On first-and-10 from the 30, Gabbert overthrows a wide open Rod Streater running a deep post route. Should have been a touchdown. Two plays later the Cardinals blitz and sack Gabbert on third-and-12. After the punt, Cardinals’ ball at their 24.
6:01 First play of the drive, Tramaine Brock breaks up a deep pass intended for J.J. Nelson, then gets blasted in the helmet by teammate Antoine Bethea.
6:02 Second play of the drive, John Brown beats rookie corner Rashard Robinson on a crossing route and gains 12 yards. First-and-10 at the Cardinals’ 35 when the second quarter starts.
6:06 Nick Bellore and Michael Wilhoite blitz and sack Stanton on first down, and the Cardinals go three-and-out. This game is winnable for the 49ers. Can they win it? They get the ball at their 22 after the punt.
6:09 On second-and-11, Gabbert throws low and behind an open Jeremy Kerley. Next play, Calais Campbell sacks Gabbert and then the Niners punt. John Brown fumbles the punt, but the Cardinals recover. It’s like they’re trying to give this game to the Niners and the Niners don’t want it.
6:15 On third-and-4 from the Cardinals 44, Stanton throws high over Fitzgerald’s head and the pass bounces of his fingertips. Then Kerley fumbles the punt, but the Niners recover. Kind of feels like both teams are trying to lose.
6:16 More punts than completions so far.
6:23 On third-and-5, Gabbert throws a touchdown pass to a wide open Jeremy Kerley. 7-0 Niners. Gabbert looked like a Hall of Famer on that drive. He was 4-for-4 for 64 yards, and he ran twice for 13 yards.
6:31 Stanton throws to a wide open Michael Floyd on third-and-6, but he’s out of bounds when the ball gets to him and the Cards go three-and-out. Niners’ ball at their 26 after the punt. Time to put this game away.
6:35 Gabbert throws too high for Torrey Smith deep down the middle of the field and the pass bounces off Smith’s hands on first-and-10.
6:38 On third-and-10, Gabbert throws over the middle and his pass is tipped and intercepted. Bad play call. Pass should have been safer and toward the sideline.
6:39 Next play, Tramaine Brock falls down while covering Fitzgerald, who makes a 21-yard touchdown catch. 7-7. What a huge mistake. Cardinals would have no points if the Niners simply had ran the ball on third-and-10.
6:44 Andrew Tiller gives up a sack on third-and-7, and the Niners go three-and-out.
6:44 Cardinals’ ball at their 43 after the return.
6:47 Arizona goes three-and-out after three-straight Stanton incompletions, two of which were almost picked. NIners’ ball at their 15 with 39 seconds left in the half.
6:49 Hyde gains 11 yards up the middle before the half ends.
7:03 Chris Davis fumbles the kickoff and the Cardinals recover at the Niners’ 14-yard line. The Niners are making more mistakes than the mistake-prone Cardinals. Sad.
7:05 Cardinals run three times, then kick a 25-yard field goal and make it, but Rashard Robsinson is flagged for running into the kicker. Automatic first down at the four.
7:07 Next play, David Johnson scores on a four-yard touchdown run. 14-7 Cardinals.
7:13 Gabbert throws a one-yard pass to Hyde on third-and-7. Not a misprint.
7:20 Fitzgerald beats Brock down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown catch. Brock looked slow on that play. Fitzgerald burned him. 21-7 Cardinals.
7:32 Hyde scores a touchdown run from 1-yard out. 21-14 Cardinals.
7:41 Blaine Gabbert double pats the ball while eye-balling Kerley, which allows Marcus Cooper to break on the pass before it leaves Gabbert’s hands. Interception. The Cardinals kick a field goal a few plays later. 24-14 Arizona.
8:05 David Johnson scores a 2-yard touchdown run. 31-14 Cardinals, who have 17 points off 49ers’ FIPS. The team with fewer FIPS won 86.6 percent of the time last week. The Niners beat themselves.