This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason Week 4 game against the San Diego Chargers. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
6:17 These players are injured and will not play: CB Tramaine Brock, DT Darnell Dockett, TE Vance McDonald and WR Torrey Smith.
6:32 Colin Kaepernick is participating during warmups. It seems he will play.
7:01. Scratch that. It seems third-string quarterback Dylan Thompson will start the game.
7:03 Blaine Gabbert is the captain. Controversy!
7:03 The Chargers win the toss and defer. Wise choice.
7:06 Bruce Ellington returns the opening kickoff to the 49ers’ 25.
7:07 On third-and-7, Thompson completes a short pass to Ellington on a slant pattern. Ellington turns upfield and runs 70 yards untouched for the score.
7:08 The Niners go for two, and Thompson completes a back-shoulder fade to Quinton Patton. 8-0 Niners.
7:13 Mike Purcell tackles running back Brandon Oliver for a three-yard loss on second down, and the Chargers go three and out. Jarryd Hayne fields the punt on a bounce and gains eight yards on the return.
7:17 Hunter gets crushed in the backfield on first down after right guard Brandon Thomas tries to block a defensive lineman and whiffs. Next play, Thompson completes a screen pass to Hunter who gains 12 yards. Next play Hunter gets hit in the backfield for no gain, and the Niners punt.
7:23 The Chargers punt after five plays, and Hayne gains seven yards on the return.
7:27 On third-and-8, Jerome Simpson cuts to the inside while Thompson throws to the outside, and the Niners go three-and-out.
7:32 Arik Armstead tackles running back Donald Brown after a one-yard gain on first down, and the Chargers go three-and-out. Ellington returns the punt 26 yards, and gets hit out of bounds after the play. First-and-10 at the Niners’ 43.
7:37 Thompson scrambles to his left on third-and-11 and throws behind Ellington, who twists and drops the pass. The Niners are going for it on fourth-and-11.
7:38 Silberman gives up a sack to a blitzing safety.
7:40 Aaron Lynch chases Kellen Clemons out of the pocket on third-and-8 and pushes him down after a gain of four.
7:42 Ellington this punt about 60 yards but Marcus Cromartie is flagged for holding, which nullifies the return. First-and-10 when the second quarter begins.
7:47 Thompson takes a hit as he throws a pick-six. He really stared down the gun barrel on that one.
7:48 Clemons throws the ball up to no one during the two-point conversion attempt. No good. 8-6 Niners.
7:56 Thompson completes a four-yard pass to Ellington on third-and-26. So close.
7:58 Earlier in the drive Thompson completed a 36-yard pass to DeAndrew White down the left sideline.
8:02 DeAndrew White fields a punt at his nine and gets tackled immediately.
8:06 Hunter carries the ball for two yards on first down, three yards on second down and catches a two-yard pass on third-down. This guy has noooo juice.
8:12 Tyrell Williams drops a first-down catch on fourth-and-10.
8:17 On third-and-16, Thompson hands the ball to Hayne, who gains six yards.
8:19 Craig Dahl breaks up Clemons’ pass on third-and-1.
8:20 White returns the punt 34 yards.
8:23 Phil Dawson kicks a 50-yard field goal off the left upright before halftime.
8:37 Bradley Pinion kicks the kickoff out of the back of the end zone.
8:41 Tyrell Williams drops his third pass of the game, and the Chargers punt.
8:41 White returns the punt 36 yards. Definitely making the team.
8:45 Hayne goes nowhere on first down, then gains two on second down. The Niners go three-and-out.
8:56 After gaining 19 yards up the middle on a read-option run, and then 12 yards on a screen pass, Hayne carries the ball on third-and-22 and loses two yards.
9:13 Jermaine Whitehead is flagged for holding, which cancels out a long return by Hayne.
9:15 Thompson throws a back-shoulder fade to White, who twists and makes a 31-yard catch look easy.
9:18 Thompson throws it up for tight end Busta Anderson in the end zone. Anderson reaches up and makes a beautiful grab. Third-string tight end Garrett Celek wouldn’t have made that catch in a million years. Second-string tight end Vance McDonald probably wouldn’t have made it, either. 14-6 Niners.
9:26 Tyrell Williams beats Marcus Cromartie on a curl route, then turns upfield and runs 63 yards untouched for a touchdown. The two-point conversion is no good — Philip Wheeler blitzes and sacks Sorenson.
9:33 The Niners run Kendall Gaskins up the middle three times and go three-and-out. They’re done with this game.
9:37 Hayne calls for a fair catch when no one’s around him. Weak!
9:38 We are now witnessing the beginning and end of the Kendall Gaskins Era. Savor it.
9:54 Marcus Cromartie makes a game-saving interception, and the 49ers win. Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 49ers win! Final score: 14-12.