SANTA CLARA —
This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Saints. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box.
10:55 According to Adam Schefter, who cites “sources close to Chip Kelly,” the 49ers’ head coach will not leave the 49ers this offseason to return to college football. What do you make of this report? Do you buy it? Why or why not?
11:50 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- RB Carlos Hyde
- CB Rashard Robinson
- QB Christian Ponder
- OLB Aaron Lynch
- DL Mike Purcell
- OT John Theus
- WR Keshawn Martin
11:55 Here are the Saints’ inactives:
- DB De’Vante Harris
- RB Marcus Murphy
- RB Daniel Lasco
- LB Dannell Ellerbe
- OL Landon Turner
- WR Tommylee Lewis
- DT John Jenkins
1:05 Jimmie Ward stood five feet in front of Colin Kaepernick as he knelt during the National Anthem and blocked photographers who were trying to take snapshots of the quarterback.
1:06 The 49ers win the toss and defer.
1:14 DeForest Buckner tips Drew Brees’ pass on third-and-12, and the Saints punt. Niners start at their 24-yard line.
1:22 Colin Kaepernick overthrows DuJuan Harris in the flat on third-and-18. and on fourth down Phil Dawson makes a 49-yard field goal. 3-0 Niners. The Saints defense gave up 53 yards on the first three plays of the drive, then the 49ers committed two penalties and went backward. The tempo of the Niners’ offense tends to give opposing defenses problems early games until the opponent adjusts.
1:33 Tim Hightower runs a draw and scores a touchdown from four yards out. 7-3 Saints. During that drive, the Niners’ defense gave up a 32-yard catch to a wide open Josh Hill on third-and-1, a 23-yard catch to Michael Thomas on third-and-5, and a 9-yard catch to Coby Fleener on third-and-9.
1:39 On first-and-10 from the 49ers’ 49, Colin Kaepernick stares down a throw to his left and gets intercepted by Craig Roberston. Saints ball at the Niners’ 12.
1:42 Michael Thomas beats Jimmie Ward for a one-yard touchdown catch on third-and-goal. Easy. 14-3 Saints. Game over.
1:53 The Saints stop DuJuan Harris for no gain on fourth-and-1. Saints’ ball at their 24.
2:03 On third-and-goal from the 5, Brees completes a screen pass to Ingram, and Ronald Blair tackles him into the end zone. Touchdown. The officials are reviewing the play to see if Ingram maintained control of the ball. Seems to me like he did.
2:06 Touchdown stands. 21-3 Saints.
2:12 On second-and-7, Kaepernick throws a swing pass to Harris behind the line of scrimmage and Harris runs 47 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Horrifying defense from the Saints on that play. 21-10 New Orleans.
2:19 On first-and-10 from the Saints’ 25, Mark Ingram runs off right tackle and runs 75 yards untouched for the touchdown. 28-10 Saints. Quinton Dial had no gap integrity on that play. Allowed himself to get pushed to the inside, which created a huge hole.
2:24 Kaepernick throws behind Jeremy Kerley on third-and-4 from the Saints’ 39. Then Dawson makes a 48-yard field goal. The crows goes wild! 28-13 Saints.
2:33 Tramaine Brock breaks up a deep pass intended for Michael Thomas on third-and-4 form the Saints’ 46.
2:37 Kaepernick throws a five yard pass to Vance McDonald who turns upfield and runs 60 yards untouched for a touchdown. 28-20 Saints. Some serious defense being played today.
2:45 The Saints drive the field and kick a field goal before halftime. 31-20 New Orleans.
3:03 Mike Davis fumbles at the Saints’ 1-yard line and New Orleans recovers.
3:06 Saints go three-and-out.
3:13 Kaepernick throws a one-hopper to Kerley on third-and-10 from the Saints’ 28.
3:14 Phil Dawson makes a 46-yard field goal. 31-23 Saints.
3:25 The Saints miss a 55-yard field-goal attempt. Niners’ ball at their 45.
3:29 Kaepernick runs into a sack on second down and throws five feet over Aaron Burbridge’s head on third-and-12. Niners go three-and-out.
3:38 Brees throws a 33-yard pass that bounces off the back of Brock’s left shoulder and into the hands of Michael Thomas. Touchdown. 38-23 Saints.
3:45 Niners go three-and-out in 12 seconds. Record?
3:57 The Saints kick a 41-yard field goal with 8:52 left. 41-23 Saints.
4:04 Kaepernick drops a low snap on fourth-and-5. Saints’ ball at their 8.