SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ Week 16 game against the Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
8:04 Joe Staley is flagged for illegal formation on third down. That’s the third illegal formation penalty called on the Niners.
8:05 Eddie Royal makes a fair catch at the Chargers’ 11-yard line.
8:05 Chris Culliver is flagged for pass interference on the first play of the drive. 12-yard penalty.
8:06 Next play, Dontae Johnson gives up an 18-yard catch to Royal.
8:07 Rivers throws pass No.4 to the Niners’ defense but Michael Wilhoite drops it. Third-and-9 from the Chargers’ 42.
8:08 Donald Brown beats Nick Moody down the left sideline but drops the first-down pass. The Chargers’ punt is a touchback.
8:14 The Niners use a timeout to avoid a delay penalty on first-and-10 from the 49.
8:15 Brandon Lloyd has a groin injury and is questionable. Bubba Ventrone has a groin injury and is out. And Bruce Ellington has a hamstring injury and is out. He was fun while he lasted.
8:18 Kaepernick avoids a sack and scrambles for three yards on third-and-9 from midfield. Kaepernick still hasn’t thrown a TD pass in the fourth quarter this season.
8:19 Royal makes a fair catch at the Chargers’ 15.
8:24 Dontae Johnson gives up a 21-yard catch to Antonio Gates on third-and-4.
8:29 No one covers Gates, and Rivers hits him for a 21-yard touchdown pass. 35-28 Niners with 5:15 left.
8:32 Cox returns the kickoff to the Chargers’ 45. Funny, I expected the Chargers to show up.
8:36 Roman calls a QB sweep to the left on third-and-5. Kaepernick loses a yard and runs out of bounds, stopping the clock. Good gracious. And he STILL hasn’t thrown a TD pass in the fourth quarter this season.
8:38 Andy Lee punts the ball into the end zone for a touchback.
8:39 Corey Lemonier is flagged for offside on the first play of the drive. Why is Corey Lemonier on the field?
8:40 Cox gives up a 10-yard catch to Floyd on second-and-5.
8::41 Next play, Rivers dumps the ball to Ronnie Brown. Dontae Johnson misses a tackle and Brown gains 9 yards. Next play, he runs behind his left guard for 11 yards. First-and-10 at the Niners’ 45 after the two-minute warning.
8:42 Who is that man wearing No.99? Can’t be Aldon Smith. Must be an impostor.
8:45 Wilhoite gives up an 8-yard catch to Gates on second-and-10. Aldon Smith is injured. Now he’s on the bench.
8:46 Rivers scrambles, Skuta hits him from behind and forces a fumble. The Chargers recover. Loss of five yards. Fourth-and-7.
8:48 Bethea gives up a 17-yard catch to Royal on fourth down. The officials are reviewing the catch.
8:49 They confirm their ruling.
8:52 On fourth-and-10, Cox gives up a 17-yard catch to Inman. INMAN. First-and-goal from the 9.
8:53 Dial sacks Rivers for a loss of 2 on first-and-goal. The Chargers take their third timeout.
8:55 Rivers goes after the Niners’ weakest link — Marcus Cromarte — on second-and-goal. Easy touchdown. Tie game. 29 seconds left.
8:56 Yes, the defense was terrible. But the Niners had 28 points at halftime, scored just 7 in the second half and 0 in the fourth quarter. Once again, Roman got out-adjusted at halftime. The offense has to put the game away when it has a chance.
8:59 Aldon Smith has a head injury and his return is questionable.
8:59 Kaepernick scrambles for 20 yards on third-and-4 from the 34. Nine seconds left. First-and-10 at the 46.
9:01 Kaepernick completes a 4-yard pass to Boldin. Here’s Phil Dawson to attempt a 60-yard field goal.
9:01 He misses wide right and way short. Overtime.