This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 17 game against the St. Louis Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
12:15 Here are the 49ers inactives:
WR DeAndrew White
S Jaquiski Tartt
G Brandon Thomas
C/G Marcus Martin
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DE Quinton Dial
OLB Corey Lemonier
Jimmie Ward will start at strong safety in place of Tartt, and Tony Jerod-Eddie will start at defensive end in place of Dial.
12:17 Here are the Rams inactives:
QB Sean Mannion
RB Todd Gurley
CB Troy Hill
DT Louis Trinca-Pasat
T Andrew Donnal
OL Brian Folkerts
T Isaiah Battle
1:00 I’m thinking 2015 was the best year of Jim Harbaugh’s life.
1:23 49ers win the toss and defer. Wise choice, Coach Tomsula.
1:29 Case Keenum overthrows Brian Quick by 10 yards on 3rd-and-11 from the Rams 19-yard line. The 49ers can win this game. The Rams almost always lose after a big win. Look it up.
1:31 Niners start from the Rams 47.
1:34 Blaine Gabbert completes a seven-yard pass to Torrey Smith on 3rd-and-11, and the Niners go three-and-out. That’s the problem with saying they can win a game — the statement implies they can score points.
1:40 First play of the drive, the Rams run a play-action-fake-reverse-deep-pass and Kenny Britt beats Tramaine Brock for 54 yards. Next play, Tavon Austin runs off tackle and gains 13 yards after making about seven 49ers miss. Rams kick a field goal a few plays later, take a 3-0 lead. Keenum isn’t particularly accurate, but the Rams trust him to take shots downfield.
1:48 Gambling Gabbert completes a zero-yard pass to Anquan Boldin on 3rd-and-8 from the Niners 34, and they punt. Play was a bubble screen. Nice play call by Geep Chryst.
1:52 NaVorro Bowman tackles Tre Mason for no gain on 3rd-and-1, and the Rams go three-and-out. Niners start from their 30.
2:02 Anquan Boldin pushes Janoris Jenkins to the ground with one arm and catches a 33-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter. 7-3 Niners.
2:09 Eric Reid breaks up a pass intended for Jared Cook on 3rd-and-4 from the Niners 36. Punter Johnny Hekker throws deep on fourth down and Bruce Ellington breaks up the pass in the end zone.
2:17 Gabbert throws to Vance McDonald in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal from the eight, and McDonald falls down. Phil Dawson kicks a 26-yard field goal to give the Niners a 10-3 lead. DuJuan Harris had a 47-yard run on that drive.
2:27 Ahmad Brooks gets pushed in the back, then turns around and decks someone who didn’t push him. Personal foul.
2:28 Keenum throws high over the middle for Quick on third down. Quick jumps, and Reid flips him. Incomplete. Rams kick 32-yard field goal. 10-6 NIners with 2:43 left.
2:37 Gabbert throws a screen pass to Mike Davis, but Aaron Donald tips the pass to Eugene Sims who picks it off and runs it to the 49ers three-yard line. When checking it down goes wrong.
2:39 Tre Mason runs it in two plays later. 13-10 Rams. Reid decked Mason as after he crossed the goal line and made him fumble, but the touchdown still counts. Reid came to play today.
2:44 Gabbert throws grounders on 2nd-and-9 and 3rd-and-9. He looks like Jacksonville Gabbert.
2:44 Niners give up a 40-yard run to Bennie Cunningham. Lack of fine focus. Bowman missed a tackle on that run.
2:53 Rams make a 42-yard field goal before halftime. 16-10 Rams with four seconds left.
2:58 Gabbernick is regressing. Passer rating of 66.9 today, has thrown 7 picks in 7.5 games this season.
3:16 Gabbernick completes a 44-yard pass to Ellington deep down the sideline. I have no idea why Chryst doesn’t call more plays for him. Phil Dawson makes a field goal a few plays later. 16-13 Rams.
3:32 The Rams miss a 52-yard field goal wide right. Niners ball at their 42 with 1:13 left in the third quarter. That drive was a bunch of runs and bubble screens.
3:42 Gabbernick throws behind Torrey Smith and almost gets picked on 4th-and-4 from the Rams 39.
3:47 Keenum throws behind Jared Cook on third-and-2 from the Niners 41. Cook was open.
3:59 Gabbert drives the offense down the 8-yard line, but pitches the ball behind Harris on third-and-1. Dawson makes the field goal. Game tied at 16 with 4:28 left.
4:06 Kenny Britt drops a first-down catch on 3rd-and-7. Gabbernick time.
4:10 Gabbertnick completes a 10-yard pass to Boldin on second-and-11 just before the 2-minute warning.
4:12 Andrew Tiller flagged for a false start on 3rd-and-1.
4:14 Before getting sacked Gabbert spins and throws downfield to Boldin. Gain of 27.
4:15 Gabbert’s pass flies through McDonald’s hands on 3rd-and-4 from the Rams 37. Tomsula punts instead of attempting a 55-yard field goal.
4:19 Kaepernick standing on the sideline by himself with hands in pockets. Can’t he hold a clipboard?
4:21 Britt drops a deep pass on 3rd-and-10 with 52 seconds left.
4:23 Rams punt and pin Niners at their 2. Can’t wait for overtime.
4:27 Niners win toss and choose to receive. Just the break they needed.
4:36 On 3rd-and-10 from midfield, Boldin runs a double move and Gabbernick overthrows him. Rams ball at their 17 after the punt.
4:44 Keenum fakes a handoff and hits Britt over the middle for 18 yards. Eric Mangini’s defense can’t stop a play-action pass.
4:45 Dontae Johnson blocks the field-goal attempt. This game is an instant classic.
4:49 Gabbert completes a screen to Quinton Patton who runs 33 yards to the Rams 5.
4:50 Dawson makes the game-winning field goal. Niners win 19-16. Stay tuned for grades.