This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
12:00 Here are the 49ers inactives:
12:01 Here is the 49ers’ starting lineup
LWR: Torrey Smith
RWR: Quinton Patton or Bruce Ellington or Jerome Simpson
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Alex Boone
C: Marcus Martin
RG: Jordan Devey
RT: Erik Pears
TE: Vance McDonald
QB: Blaine Gabbert
RB: Kendall Gaskins
FB: Bruce Miller
LDT: Glenn Dorsey
NT: Ian Williams
RDT: Quinton Dial
LOLB: Aaron Lynch
LILB: Michael Wilhoite
RILB NaVorro Bowman
ROLB: Ahmad Brooks
LCB: Dontae Johnson
FS: Eric Reid
SS: Jaquiski Tartt
RCB: Marcus Cromartie
12:05 The Niners have three corners active for this game: Dontae Johnson, Marcus Cromartie and Chris Davis.
12:30 I see about 50,000 fans disguised as empty seats.
1:01 Aldon Smith on pace to record three whole sacks this season.
1:03 Atlanta wins the toss and defers.
1:08 The Niners are flagged for a false start on play No. 1, then they go three-and-out. Blaine Gabbert completed a six-yard pass to Vance McDonald on third-and-10.
1:14 Matt Bryant makes a 46-yard field goal, and the score is 3-0 Atlanta. Devontae Freeman touched the ball four times and gained 28 yards on that drive.
1:17 Bruce Ellington returns the kickoff to the Niners 34.
1:23 Desmond Trufant breaks up a short pass intended for Jerome Simpson on third-and-6, and the Niners go three-and-out again. Bradley Pinion tackles Eric Weems after a 41-yard punt return.
1:27 Aaron Lynch sacks Matt Ryan on third-and-5, and the Falcons go three-and-out. Lynch and Tartt seem like the best players on the 49ers defense.
1:28 Ellington makes a fair catch at the Niners 16.
1:37 Kendall Gaskins rushes for one yard on fourth-and-1 from the Falcons 9. First-and-goal when the second quarter begins.
1:40 Gabbert scrambles for 9 yards on second-and-goal from the 10. The Niners are challenging.
1:42 Ruling confirmed. Third-and-goal from the 1.
1:43 Gabbert play fakes and throws a TD pass to a wide open Garrett Celek. 7-3 Niners.
1:45 Big play on that drive: On third-and-9, Gabbert scrambled to his right and hit Quinton Patton, who ran for about 30 yards after the catch.
1:52 Ryan completes a 10-yard pass to Jones on third-and-12, and the Falcons have to punt. So far, Geep Chryst is outcoaching Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
1:56 Gabbert throws one to a defensive lineman on third-and-9, but the DL drops the pass. Should have been a pick-six. Falcons ball at the Niners 45 after the punt.
2:02 Tony Jerod-Eddie knocks down Matt Ryan’s pass on third-and-9 from the Niners 18. Jones dropped a pass on the previous play. He may have scored had he hung on.
2:03 7-6 Niners after the field goal.
2:05 Ellington returns the kickoff to the Niners 33.
2:11 Phil Dawson makes a 46-yard field goal, and the score is 10-6 Niners. Jerome Simpson dropped a nice back-shoulder pass on third-and-8.
2:13 Torrey Smith dropped his second pass of the game so far.
2:17 Jerod-Eddie knocks down Ryan’s pass on third down. That’s two pass break ups for him today.
2:22 Halftime live chat going on now.
2:25 Draughn breaks a tackle in the backfield and runs for 30 yards. The Niners are back in field-goal range.
2:26 On third-and-6 from the 11, Gabbert throws a touchdown pass to Celek. Celek ran a stick-nod route on that play. 17-6 Niners with 1:16 left before halftime.
2:30 Bowman gives up a 53-yard deep catch to Jones on the first play of the drive. Ryan throws a touchdown pass to Freeman two plays later. 17-13 Niners with 13 seconds left. Atlanta gets the ball to start the second half.
2:47 Eric Weems returns the kickoff to midfield.
2:52 The Falcons gain exactly one yard before punting.
2:57 Gabbert completes a 26-yard pass to Torrey Smith down the left sideline on third-and-5 from the Niners 16. Smith ran a stutter-n-go. Gabbert’s pass was money.
3:00 Simpson bobbles a well-thrown pass down the seam and Phillip Adams makes the interception. The play is under review.
3:04 Ruling confirmed.
3:10 Ryan throws over a receiver’s head on third-and-7 near midfield, and the Falcons punt. The Niners are double-covering Jones on third downs and forcing Ryan to throw elsewhere. Good strategy.
3:11 Niners ball at their 3 after the punt.
3:15 Gabbert completes a shovel pass to Ellington for a one-yard gain on third-and-10. Conservative play call.
3:22 Marcus Cromartie breaks up a pass intended for Roddy White on third-and-10, and the Falcons punt. White has zero catches. Cromartie is having a fantastic game.
3:24 Ellington makes a fair catch inside the 10-yard line. Second time he’s done that today.
3:30 Gabbert takes a shot to the head and leaves the game for two plays. On the second play, Kaepernick throws deep and Vance McDonald drops the pass.
3:33 Gabbert scrambles for five yards on third-and-10, and Bradley Pinion punts.
3:34 36-yard punt.
3:34 Bowman blitzes up the middle and sacks Ryan on third-and-9. Loss of nine.
3:47 Bruce Miller runs up the middle on fourth-and-1, and the refs say he got the first down. Atlanta is challenging the spot.
3:49 Ruling confirmed.
3:50 On second-and-7, Gabbert drops back and throws a pick right to Vic Beasley.
3:56 Jimmie Ward tackles Justin Hardy one yard before the end zone on third-and-goal, and the Falcons decide to kick the field goal. 17-16 Niners with 2:56 left.
4:02 Gabbert scrambles for five yards on third-and-four right before the 2-minute warning. Atlanta has just one timeout left.
4:06 Gaskins runs up the middle for three yards on third-and-3, and this game is all but over. The refs are reviewing the spot.
4:09 Ruling confirmed. Stay tuned for grades.