This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason game against the Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
6:56 Here is the list of 49ers who will not play tonight, in alphabetical order:
- DE Arik Armstead
- OL Zane Beadles
- DE Ronald Blair
- LB NaVorro Bowman
- OT Trent Brown
- DT DeForest Buckner
- WR Aaron Burbridge
- DE Tank Carradine
- DE Elvis Dumervil
- LB Reuben Foster
- OL Brandon Fusco
- WR Pierre Garcon
- OL Joshua Garnett
- WR Marquise Goodwin
- QB Brian Hoyer
- RB Carlos Hyde
- CB Dontae Johnson
- FB Kyle Juszczyk
- OL Daniel Kilgore
- TE George Kittle
- NT Earl Mitchell
- CB Will Redmond
- S Eric Reid
- CB Rashard Robinson
- OT Joe Staley
- S Jaquiski Tartt
- DE Solomon Thomas
- S Jimmie Ward
- CB K’Waun Williams
7:00 C.J. Beathard is the starting quarterback tonight.
7:03 The Chargers will receive the opening kickoff.
7:09 Asa Jackson intercepts a pass that flies through the hands of TE Sean Culkin. 49ers ball at midfield.
7:10 Adrian Colbert started at free safety. Vinnie Sunseri started at strong safety. Chris Jones started at defensive tackle and D.J. Jones started at nose tackle. Quinton Dial was not a starter.
7:14 First play is a play-action bootleg pass to Logan Paulsen for an 11-yard gain. Three plays later on third-and-14, C.J. Beathard doesn’t throw to an open Trent Taylor over the middle and scrambles for seven yards. Beathard needs to throw that pass.
7:16 Quinton Dial, Sen’Derrick Marks and Pita Taumoepenu have replaced D.J. Jones, Chris Jones and Aaron Lynch on the defensive line for the second defensive series.
7:18 On first and 10, Brock Coyle and Ray Ray Armstrong run past Kenjon Barner in the hole, then Adrian Colbert runs up and forces a fumble. Niners recover at thee Chargers 16-yard line.
7:20 On third and 9, Beathard drops back and doesn’t see safety Desmond King blitzing around the left tackle. King sacks Beathard for a loss of eight yards. Robbie Gould makes a 41-yard field goal. 3-0 Niners.
7:25 On third-and-9, the Chargers run a four-verticals concept, and quarterback Cardale Jones tackles for eight yards before Ray Ray Armstrong tackles him. Chargers go three and out.
7:26 Trent Taylor returns the punt 40 yards. First and 10 at the Chargers 43.
7:31 First play of the drive, Joe Williams runs an outside zone play to the right and gains six yards. Five plays later on third and 12, Eric Magnuson fails to pick up a blitzer and C.J. Beathard gets sacked. Niners punt.
7:36 On the final play of the first quarter, Cardale Jones completes a short pass to wide open tight end Matt Weiser, who turns upfield and gains 21 yards. There’s that soft zone coverage. First and 10 at the 49ers 45-yard line when the second quarter starts.
7:43 The Chargers drive from their 11 to the 49ers 4, but on second-and-4 Leger Douzable tackles running back Andre Williams for a five-yard loss. And on third-and-goal from the 9, Jones throws a pass over the head of his check-down receiver in the flat. The Chargers kick a field goal and tie the game at three.
7:50 On second-and-8 from the 49ers 38, Beathard scrambles, jukes Chargers starting free safety Dwight Lowery, then outruns the entire Chargers defense for a 62-yard touchdown run. I didn’t know Beathard could run that fast. Did you? 10-3 Niners.
7:56 On third and 2, Don Jones blitzes around the right tackle and pressure Cardale Jones, who misses his check down receiver again. Chargers go three and out.
7:57 Victor Bolden Jr. returns the punt 92 yards for the touchdown. Made the return look easy. He now has a punt return for a touchdown and a kick return for a touchdown in the preseason. He also has two targets tonight. Seems like the Niners are seriously considering keeping him on the team.
7:58 Nick Rose misses the extra point. 16-3 Niners.
8:02 On second-and-8, Dekoda Watson strips Cardale Jones and Ray Ray Armstrong recovers at the Chargers 8.
8:05 Bethard hands off to Hightower on three straight plays, and on the third play Hightower scores from one yard out. 23-3 Niners. Their defense has forced three turnovers in the first half.
8:05 On the first two plays in the red zone, the Niners ran outside zone toward Logan Paulsen. He’s a good blocker. But it’s interesting that he’s playing in this game and Garrett Celek isn’t.
8:10 On third-and-5, both Pita Taumoepenu and Dekoda Watson bring pressure from the edge and force Jones to step up and get sacked by Sen’Derrick Marks. Chargers punt. Niners will start from their 14 after the two-minute warning.
8:16 On third-and-3, Beathard’s pass gets batted down at the line of scrimmage.
8:17 On the punt, gunner Don Jones strips the punt returner, but the Chargers recover. Jones is the best gunner on the team. But he injured himself during the play.
8:24 The 49ers lead 23-3 at halftime. Some thoughts: Interesting that Garrett Celek and Raheem Mostert didn’t play in the first half. Have they already made the team? Also interesting that the Niners gave Tim Hightower eight carries. are they trying to feature him for a trade? The old pump-and-dump?
8:38 49ers receive the ball to start the second half.
8:38 Nick Mullens is the starting quarterback.
8:42 On first and 10 from the 32, Joe Williams fumbles a handoff and recovers the ball himself. I thought the handoff from Mullens was bad — he didn’t place the ball all the way in Williams’ stomach. Not a good play. Niners punt a few plays later.
8:56 The Chargers drive from their 18 to the 49ers 19, but on third-and-11 Austin Calitro hits Cardale Jones as Jones throws the ball wildly out of bounds. The Chargers kick a field goal and now trail the 49ers 23-6.
9:05 First play of the drive, Joe Williams takes the handoff, makes a quick cutback in the backfield and gains nine yards. But the play doesn’t count because DeAndre Smelter was penalized for an illegal block in the back. Next play, Cole Hikutini makes a beautiful, twisting 20-yard catch on a pass thrown behind him.
9:07 The Niners drive to the Chargers 35 yard line. Nick Rose attempts a 53-yard field goal and misses wide right by about 10 yards. Chargers ball at their 43.
9:09 First play, Asa Jackson jumps a curl route and picks off his second pass of the game.
9:10 First play of the Niners drive, Joe Williams takes the handoff on an outside zone run to his right, makes a hard cut in the backfield and runs for a nine-yard gain. He has so much talent. Niners will face second and 1 from the Chargers 34 when the fourth quarter begins.
9:13 Williams starts the fourth quarter with a nine-yard gain on an outside zone run to his left. He has 27 yards on five carries.
9:15 Next play, Williams fumbles and the Chargers recover. Not good.
9:20 Chargers go three and out.
9:20 Williams comes back on the next drive with 21 yards on four carries. But Nick Mullens commits his second fumble of the game with another poor handoff, this time to Kapri Bibbs.
9:31 On third and goal from the 7, Will Davis intercepts a pass in the end zone. Five takeaways for the home team. Niners ball at their 20.
9:36 On third and three, Nick Mullens throws a pick-six. Niners lead 23-13.
9:46 On third and 2, Bibbs runs up the middle for one yard, and the Niners punt.
9:48 Game over. 49ers win 23-13. Stay tuned for my post-game locker room report, which will start in roughly one hour.