This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers (8-6) week 16 matchup with the Tennessee Titans (9-5) from Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
8:09 Randy Buller hits from 44-yards out. Tennessee is going to win 20-17. That first quarter interception in the red zone by Jimmy Garoppolo cost the 49ers this one.
7:59 Huge drive by the 49ers offense, going 95 yards for the touchdown. Deebo Samuel with the play of the drive, Garoppolo hits him in stride over the middle and Samuel splits the defense to take it 56 yards and set the offense up at the Tennessee 6. Garoppolo then finds Brandon Aiyuk from the 2 and the game is tied. 49ers 17 Titans 17
7:47 The defense comes up big. Azeez Al-Shaair sacks Tannehill on 3rd down to force a punt. This will probably be the 49ers final offensive possession. They’ll start at their own 4.
7:44 After going for it on 4th and 6 from the 40, Shanahan decides to punt on 4th and 9 from the 43. Makes no sense.
7:31 Tennessee makes Kyle Shanahan pay for his decision to go for it. The Titans convert 3rd and 23 when A.J. Brown beat Ambry Thomas for a gain of 42. Tennessee then moves the ball down the field and Ryan Tannehill hits A.J. Brown on a slant for an 18-yard touchdown. Brown beat Josh Norman on the touchdown.
Titans 17 49ers 10
7:20 San Francisco offense puts together a drive, but a false start on 4th and 1 pushes it to 4th and 6. Kyle Shanahan decides to go for it and Garoppolo is inaccurate to Brandon Aiyuk.
Think it’s smarter to punt there after the false start and give your defense an extra 20 yards to work with.
7:06 Tennessee makes the 49ers pay. After a couple of Jeremy McNichols runs gets the ball down to the 3, D’Onta Foreman takes it into the endzone to tie the game at 10.
7:04 Jimmy Garoppolo with a terrible throw over the middle on first down and it’s intercepted by Titans safety Amani Hooker. Garoppolo had Deebo Samuel open and just sailed it over his head.
7:01 Tennessee opens the second half with its best possession of the game. Ryan Tannehill hits a number of third down throws before the 49ers defense steps up and holds at the 20. Randy Bullock hits a 38-yard field goal to get the Titans onto the scoreboard.
49ers 10 Titans 3
6:49 Jimmy Garoppolo was 14-18 for 144 yards, but his interception in the end zone and overthrow of Kyle Juszczyk cost the 49ers offense 11 points.
The 49ers defense on the other hand has been lights out, allowing only 2.6 yards per play so far. Only concern on that side of the ball is the amount of time Ryan Tannehill has been given.
6:36 49ers offense picks up a couple first downs, but Kyle Shanahan chooses to let the clock run out on the first half. 49ers go in up 10-0 but should be frustrated not being up by more.
6:29 49ers defense is having a terrific first half. Tennessee picks up a first down, then a holding penalty sets them back and they are forced to punt. Key play on the possession was rookie Ambry Thomas with a pass break up on a deep throw from Tannehill to Brown.
San Francisco should be concerned by their inability to take get to the quarterback.
6:16 First bad offensive possession for San Franisco. Garoppolo is almost intercepted on first down, Jeff Wilson Jr is dropped for no gain, and then on third down George Kittle gets beat by Denico Autry for a sack.
Then, the 49ers special teams with ANOTHER bad play as Mitch Wishnowsky shanks the punt. Tennessee will get the ball on the 49ers 45.
6:12 After allowing Tennessee to pick up a first down, Kentavius Street comes up with a big tackle for loss to set up third and 2. K’Waun Williams blitzes, Tannehill tries to hit the receiver Williams had left free, but Jimmie Ward is there to break up the throw. Terrific play by the 49ers defense.
D.J. Jones has gone to the locker room with an ankle injury and Tennessee was able to get their run game going a little bit on that last possession.
6:03 Jimmy Garoppolo had Kyle Juszczyk wide open for a touchdown but missed him badly with an inaccurate throw, then Trent Williams is called for a facemask on 3rd and 11 to push the offense back to the 36. A screen pass for 6 to Deebo Samuel sets up a 48-yard field goal attempt and Robbie Gould hits it.
49ers mistakes have cost them points these last two possessions, but they are still up 10-0.
5:50 Fred Warner with a terrific play on 3rd and 3, dropping A.J. Brown for a loss of 3 on a jet sweep around the right side. The defense does its job, and picks up the offense after Garoppolo’s mistake.
5:46 Jimmy Garoppolo with the first big 49ers mistake of the game. After driving it down to the Tennessee 8, Garoppolo tries to hit George Kittle in the end zone but Janoris Jenkins has him blanketed and comes up with an interception.
5:37 49ers defense bails out the special teams. Nick Bosa and Samson Ebukam come up with big plays. Bosa dropping Hilliard for a loss of 8 on a screen play to open the game. After Tennessee was able to pick up a first down, Ebukam sacks Ryan Tannehill on 1st and 10 for a loss of 8 and the defense gets off the field.
5:32 The 49ers special teams are not good. Tennessee returns the kickoff all the way out to the 39.
5:29 Opening offensive possession could not have gone any better for San Francisco. Kyle Shanahan moved Jimmy Garoppolo in the pocket to negate the Titans pass rush and then Garoppolo threw a dart to Deebo Samuel over the middle for a gain of 23. Jeff Wilson Jr finished it off with a run up the middle for the touchdown.
49ers 7 Titans 0
4:46 The Tennessee defense is strong up the middle, and this could cause the 49ers offense problems. Jimmy Garoppolo is at his best working over the middle of the field and the Titans have allowed the 4th lowest passer rating on throws into this area at 70.5.
Will be interesting to see how Garoppolo and the San Franscisco offense manage their way around this tonight.
4:06 Dillon Radunz protected Trey Lance’s blind side while the two were at North Dakota State. Why does that matter? We might see the rookie at LT tonight for Tennessee. Radunz was selected by Tennessee in the second round and has played 53 total offensive snaps this season.
4:02 Inactive for the 49ers tonight: RB Elijah Mitchell, S Talanoa Hufanga, LB Dre Greenlaw, OL Colton McKivitz, and DL Maurice Hurst
Inactive for Tennessee: Chris Jones, Joe Jones, Derick Roberson, David Long Jr, Taylor Lewan, Larrell Murchison
Wide receiver A.J. Brown is active.