SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 14 game against the Denver Broncos. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
12:20 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- WR Pierre Garcon.
- RB Matt Breida.
- SS Jaquiski Tartt.
- CB K’Waun Williams.
- OL Erik Magnuson.
- OT Shon Coleman.
- DL Sheldon Day.
12:21 WR Dante Pettis will start in place of Garcon. SS Marcell Harris will start in place of Tartt. And RB Jeff Wilson Jr. will start in place of Breida.
12:22 Here are the Broncos inactives:
- CB Chris Harris Jr.
- CB Tramaine Brock.
- OLB Shaquil Barrett.
- OLB Jeff Holland.
- ILB Brandon Marshall.
- DE DeMarcus Walker.
- OL Nico Falah.
1:04 The Broncos win the toss and defer, so the 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
1:11 On first and 10 from the 49ers 47, Nick Mullens completes a 31-yard pass to George Kittle. But on the next play, Laken Tomlinson commits a false start. Two plays later, on third and 10, Kyle Juszczcyk drops a perfect pass. Robbie Gould makes a 40-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 3-0.
1:17 The Broncos go three and out. Phillip Lindsay carried the ball one time and gained just one yard.
1:17 Richie James fumbles the punt, but recovers at the 49ers 24. He fumbled a punt last week, too.
1:28 On third and 3 from the Broncos 40, Mullens throws a one-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne, who drops the ball. Bradley Pinion’s punt bounces into the end zone.
1:34 On third and 2 from the Broncos 39, middle linebacker Fred Warner blitzes and hits Case Keenum, who throws an incomplete pass. The Broncos punt to Trent Taylor, who returns the punt eight yards to the 49ers 19.
1:45 On third and 2 from the Broncos 4-yard line, Kyle Shanahan calls a slow-developping play-action pass, and Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb beats 49ers guard Mike Person to sack Mullens. Gould makes a 29-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 6-0.
1:49 The Broncos fumble the kick return, then recover at their 16.
1:56 Ronald Blair sacks Case Keenum for a 10-yard loss on third and 8 from the 49ers 45. The Broncos punt to Taylor, who returns the punt yards to the 49ers 23. But, the 49ers fun into the Broncos punter — a five-yard penalty. The Broncos re-punt. This time, the 49ers will start from their 15.
1:59 First play of the drive, Mullens throws an 85-yard touchdown pass to Kittle. Wow! Kittle has 179 receiving yards already, and the 49ers lead 13-0.
2:10 Broncos center Connor McGovern snaps the ball over Keenum’s head on second and 11 from the 49ers 44. Keenum recovers the ball, throws it away and commits intentional grounding. The Broncos punt two plays later. The 49ers defense has been terrific so far. It has held Lindsay to just three rushing yards on five carries.
2:21 Von Miller blows by Mike McGlinchey and sack Mullens for a nine-yard loss on third and 6 from the 49ers 49. McGlinchey barely touched Miller. The 49ers punt.
2:25 Keenum throws the ball away on third and three and the Broncos punt. The 49ers defense played a spectacular first half.
2:36 On first and goal from the 3, Dante Pettis draws a pass-interference penalty. Next play, on first and goal from the 1, Pettis beats Broncos third-round pick, rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom, for the touchdown catch. The 49ers lead 20-0. Mullens’ quarterback rating is 132.5.
2:42 It’s halftime. Mullens has thrown for 653 yards the past five quarters.
2:57 On third and 11 from the Broncos 26, D.J. Reed sacks Keenum, and Keenum fumbles, but he recovers. The Broncos punt.
3:03 On third and 15, Laken Tomlinson gives up a sack to Nick Chubb. The 49ers go three and out.
3:12 On fourth and 2 from the 49eers 22, Richard Sherman bites on a play-action fake and gives up a 19-yard catch to Tim Patrick. Next play, Lindsay scores from three yards out, and the Broncos trail 20-7.
3:24 The Broncos drill Mullens on third and 9 and he throws incomplete. Bradley Pinion punts. The 49ers tackle the Broncos punt returner at the Broncos 7. Good play by the 49ers special teams.
3:37 On fourth and 3, Cassius Marsh tackles Lindsay after a gain of two, and the Broncos turn it over on downs. Strange play call by the Broncos. Why run on fourth and 3?
3:41 On third and 9, Mullens throws a good pass to Trent Taylor over the middle, but Taylor bobbles the ball and tips it to Broncos safety Darian Stewart, who makes the interception. This game is not over. The 49ers have just 24 yards of offense in the second half.
3:48 On fourth and 3 from the 49ers 22, Keenum completes a pass to Lindsay, and Marcell Harris tackles him after just a one-yard gain. The Broncos turn the ball over on downs yet again. The 49ers defense has played so well today, particularly the front 7.
3:52 Pettis takes his eyes off a good pass from Mullens and drops it on third and 2. The 49ers go three and out. The Broncos will start from their 32 after the punt. They have 6:55 and three timeouts remaining.
4:04 On fourth and goal from the 1, D.J. Reed gives up a touchdown catch to DaeSean Hamilton, and the Broncos trail 20-14 with 3:53 remaining. Let’s see if Kyle Shanahan can close out this game with a quality four-minute drill.
4:19 On third and three from the Broncos 39, Mullens completes a six-yard pass to Trent Taylor. Huge win for the 49ers, Kyle Shanahan and especially Mullens. Stay tuned for my postgame Periscope, grades and game story.