This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers week 14 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals from Paul Brown Stadium in the “Chili Capital of America.”
5:05 Big win for the 49ers’ playoff hopes. Will be back soon with my five burning questions answered.
4:49 The 49ers drive down and Jimmy Garoppolo hits Brandon Aiyuk who makes a terrific dive into the endzone to give San Francisco the win. 49ers 26 Bengals 23
4;38 Nick Bosa comes up with a big sack to stop the Bengals first drive in overtime, however McPherson hits the 41-yard field goal to give Cincinnati a 23-20 lead. The 49ers offense now needs to score to win or tie.
4:29 49ers drive it down to set up a 47-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to win the game. He misses it wide right.
4:18 Nick Bosa comes up with a sack on first down, then Cincinnati goes right down the field. Burrow with big throw after big throw hits Ja’Marr Chase with a deep throw over Ambry Thomas to tie this game up at 20.
4:10 The 49ers offense is able to get one first down, but it will be on their defense to finish this one out. Bengals will take over on their own 13 with 2:40 left to play.
4:05 Huge sack by K’Waun Williams on a secondary blitz on 3rd and 5 to force a Cincinnati punt.
4:02 49ers offense picks up a quick first down on a 13-yard reception by Kittle, but Cincinnati’s defense stiffens and sacks Garoppolo on 3rd and 9 to force a punt. Big series for the 49ers defense coming up.
3:54 And just like that Joe Mixon makes a play, opening the Bengals possession with a 17-yard burst up the middle. Burrow then hits Tee Higgins for 27-yards before finding Ja’Marr Chase in the back of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown on 4th and 5. 49ers 20 Bengals 13
3:47 After picking up a first down on a run by Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo drops the ball without being hit and takes a 10-yard sack killing the possession. That was about as bad as it gets.
3:40 Heading to the fourth quarter, 49ers are in control of this one 20-6.
3:36 The 49ers defense is doing exactly what we talked about in the preview show, taking away Joe Mixon. Without much of a run game, Cincinnati is being forced to throw underneath.
On 3rd and 5, Samson Ebukam and Nick Bosa get to Burrow to drop him for a loss of 9. McPherson then misses the field goal. 49ers 20 Bengals 6
3:24 49ers offense gets two big completions from Garoppolo; one for 22 yards, another for 20, but Garoppolo throws incomplete on third down and San Francisco is forced to settle for a field goal. 49ers 20 Bengals 6
3:11 Cincinnati opens the second half with three runs and the 49ers defense holds. Terrific start to the second half for the San Francisco defense.
3:05 49ers passing offense in the first half of 1st down, 7-7, 56 yards, 1 touchdown.
2:55 Cincinnati has done a terrific job of helping out San Francisco today. After going 3 and out, San Francisco recovers a second Bengal punt return fumble to get the ball back. Then, after being held on third down, Cincinnati is called for taunting, giving the 49ers first down on the 14-yard line. On the next play Jimmy Garoppolo finds George Kittle for a 14-yard touchdown.
San Francisco goes in at halftime up 17-6.
2:35 Bengal’s offense doing a good job of taking what the 49ers defense is giving them, but also getting some breaks as well.
An interception by Burrow is wiped away due to an illegal hands to the face penalty on Ambry Thomas. Then a 3rd and 3 passes ricochets off the hands of Azeez Al-Shaair into the hands of Ja’Marr Chase. The 49ers defense holds to force another Cincinnati field goal. 49ers 10 Bengals 6
2:18 Jimmy Garoppolo puts it right into George Kittle’s chest deep down the right sideline, but the tight end is unable to make the grab. It looked like the defender had Kittle’s arm tied up.
2:13 Nice defensive effort for San Francisco. After allowing a 16-yard completion to open, San Francisco shuts Cincinnati down with terrific coverage on second and third down to force a punt.
2:07 There’s the explosion this team missed last week. After the completion on first down, the 49ers get the run game going with two strong runs from Jeff Wilson Jr and then Deebo Samuel takes the ball in from 27-yards out on a sweep around right end. 49ers 10 Bengals 3
2:01 Jimmy Garoppolo hits Brandon Aiyuk on a quick slant for 21 yards to get out to the 46-yard line on the final play of the first quarter. 49ers finding success throwing on first down so far.
1:56 Bengals put together a nice drive, but it stalls out at the 49ers 19-yard line and they settle for a field goal to tie the game at 3.
Looked like San Francisco was playing a lot of zone coverage on that drive and Joe Burrow was able to pick it apart until Charles Omenihu batted a throw down. If the pass rush can’t get home, defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans may need to use more man coverage.
1:44 Trent Williams is going to have his hands full with Trey Hendrickson today. The left tackle gets called for a hold, wiping out a third down conversion. Garoppolo then beats the rush, getting the ball to Jauan Jennings for a gain of 12. Jennings lost the ball when hit, but recovered his own fumble.
Robbie Gould puts the 49ers up 3-0.
1:37 49ers offense picked up a first down on back-to-back passes by Garoppolo, but they are forced to punt. The return is muffed and River Cracraft recovers for the 49ers deep in Cincinnati territory. Huge break for San Francisco early.
1:31 Big stop for the 49ers defense. Cincinnati started from the 49ers 44-yard line, but go three and out. Joe Mixon lost two yards on first down and then Joe Burrow threw back-to-back incompletions. 49ers will get the ball back on their 20 after the punt goes into the end zone.
The offense may need to try throwing on first down here.
1:29 No room to run on first and second down for Jeff Wilson Jr and Deebo Samuel, then Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson comes through the middle untouched on a stunt to sack Jimmy Garoppolo for a loss of 10 yards.
1:25 49ers get the ball to start the game.
1:00 Look for rookie Ambry Thomas to start at cornerback opposite Josh Norman today. Thomas drew praise this week from Kyle Shanahan for his play on special teams. “I think he’s come very far on special teams and I think it showed the most last week with his three tackles,” said Shanahan. “And that’s how he’s been looking on defense too in practice.”
12:40 Having Deebo Samuel active today should provide a shot in the arm for the 49ers offense. Something to keep an eye on his how often they try to get the ball into his hands. He’s averaged just over 7 touches per game this season.
Samuel told Bay Area media this week that his groin strain was similar to his injury from 2019 that caused him to miss the game in Washington. He came back the next week to record 5 touches for 48 yards, 3 receptions and 2 rushing attempts, in a 51-13 blowout victory over Carolina.
12:35 Running back Joe Mixon is active for Cincinnati. Mixon did not practice due to illness this week. He is a key component of the Bengals run game, averaging over 4.8 yards per carry during their seven victories and averaging over 4 yards only once during their five losses.
12:00 49ers inactive list: CB Dontae Johnson, LB Dre Greenlaw, DL Maurice Hurst, RB Elijah Mitchell, LB Tyrell Adams, OL Colton McKivitz