SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ irrelevant Week 17 game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
3:48 Chris Culliver gives up a 21-yard catch to Michael Floyd on second-and-19 from the Cardinals’ 6-yard line.
3:49 Lindley overthrows John Brown deep on the next play. Culliver never turned his head to find the ball.
3:50 Leon McFadden is flagged for pass interference on third-and-four. Larry Fitzgerald was the intended receiver.
3:54 Dontae Johnson tackles John Brown after a 1-yard catch on third-and-10. The Cardinals’ punt bounces to the Niners’ 6.
3:59 Frank Gore gains 12 yards on a counter run to the right, and Mike Iupati injures himself.
4:01 Kaepernick takes a sack and loses 15 yards on first-and-10 from the Niners’ 29.
4:02 Anthony Davis is flagged for a false start on second-and-25.
4:04 Gore gains 17 yards up the middle on third-and-30. Ted Ginn returns Andy Lee’s punt to the Cardinals’ 30.
4:07 Dontae Johnson gives up a 13-yard catch to Michael Floyd on first down.
4:08 Next play, Culliver breaks up an underthrown deep pass intended for Floyd.
4:09 The Cardinals punt three plays later. Bruce Ellington makes a fair catch at the Niners’ 16 with 5:40 left.
4:14 Kaepernick hits Brandon Lloyd for 14 yards on third-and-9.
4:16 Gore gains 24 yards on a G Lead run to the left. First-and-10 from the Cardinals’ 48 with 3:58 left.
4:21 Marcus Martin is flagged for a false start on third-and-11 from the Cardinals’ 34. Would have been a delay penalty if not for that false start. Huge penalty. Knocks the Niners out of field goal range.
4:22 The Cardinals blitz on third-and-long, forcing Kaepernick to throw quickly to no one. Andy Lee punts the ball into the end zone. Not good. First-and-10 for the Cardinals after the two-minute warning.
4:25 Jim Harbaugh is on the verge of ending his season with a win for the first time as an NFL head coach. Congratulations, Jim.
4:26 Aaron Lynch sacks Lindley on first down. Craig Dahl intercepts Lindley on second down. I told you Dahl was great.
4:28 Niners win 20-17. Stay tuned for grades.