This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 8 road game against the Arizona Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
12:50 Here are the 49ers inactives.
- WR Pierre Garcon.
- C Weston Richburg.
- CB Greg Mabin.
- DT Jullian Taylor.
- OT Shon Coleman.
- NT D.J. Jones
- QB Tom Savage.
12:51 Richard Sherman is playing today. Shocker!
12:52 Here are the Cardinals inactives.
- OL Justin Pugh.
- S Tre Boston.
- DT Corey Peters.
- WR Trent Sherfield.
- OL Jeremy Vujnovich.
- OL Korey Cunningham.
- QB Sam Bradford.
1:25 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
1:29 On third-and-6, Chandler Jones and Markus Golden sack C.J. Beathard. Both Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey got beat during the play. The 49ers go three-and-out. Terrible start.
1:32 On third-and-10, Josh Rosen completes a pass to his tight end, who loses a yard, and the Cardinals punt. Good start by the defense. Robert Saleh called a blitz on third down which forced the check down. Smart call.
1:42 The 49ers drive to the Cardinals 37, but Kyle Shanahan calls a play-action pass with a deep drop, Beathard takes a sack for a nine-yard loss and the 49ers punt three plays later.
1:48 On third-and-7 from the Cardinals, Cassius Marsh runs a stunt to the inside and hits Rosen, who throws the ball into the ground and gets flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. That’s a safety. The 49ers lead 2-0 and will get the ball back.
1:55 On third-and-2 from the Cardinals 49, Staley gives up a sack to Zack Moore. Beathard has taken one sack in each of the first three series.
2:09 Phil Dawson makes a 31-yard field, and the Cardinals lead 3-2. Reuben Foster committed a 26-yard pass interference penalty covering wide receiver J.J. Nelson during the drive. Impossible assignment for Foster. Robert Saleh’s scheme got beat on that play.
2:20 On third-and-12, Beathard throws too high for Marquise Goodwin, who was open. Beathard has nine net passing yards. Awful.
2:26 On third-and-6, Jaquiski Tartt intercepts Rosen and returns the ball to the Cardinals 12.
2:29 On third-and-7 from the Cardinals 9, Robert Nkemdiche tips Beathard’s pass and almost picks it off. Beathard got away with one. Gould makes a 27-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 5-3.
2:38 Reuben Foster pulled his hamstring is his return is questionable.
2:39 Jaquiski Tartt is down on the field.
2:41 On third-and-11 from the 49ers 37, Rosen steps up in the pocket and runs into Arik Armstead, who records the sack. The 49ers knocked the Cardinals out of field goal range. Big play.
2:44 The 49ers lead 5-3 at halftime. The defense has played great. The offense has not. It gained 61 net yards, and averaged just 2.3 yards per play.
3:00 On third-and-6, Ronald Blair runs a stunt to the inside, beats right guard John Wetzel and hits Rosen as he throws incomplete. Terrific performance by the 49ers defense.
3:06 On third-and-4 from midfield, Beathard throws over the head of Goodwin running a crossing route. The 49ers punt. Beathard has been dreadful, but he hasn’t committed a turnover, so that’s progress.
3:08 Jaquiski Tartt is out with a shoulder injury. Foster seems ready to return.
3:14 On third-and-7, Rosen completes a five-yard pass to Fitzgerald. New Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is calling a terrible a game.
3:15 Dante Pettis fumbles the punt, but Elijah Lee. That’s the second punt Pettis has fumbled this season.
3:22 On third-and-6, Goodwin catches a short pass over the middle and runs through the defense for a 55-yard touchdown. Great play. The 49ers lead 12-3. The 49ers have the game in hand right now if they don’t commit any turnovers.
3:28 On third-and-8, Rosen misses a throw to Fitzgerald, and the Cardinals have to punt again. Let’s see if the 49ers can hold onto the football during this series.
3:41 The 49ers drive 73 yards and make a 20-yard field goal. They lead 15-3. Good drive. The 49ers didn’t turn the ball over, and Shanahan didn’t take unnecessary risks.
3:50 On first-and-10 from the Cardinals 37, Richard Sherman gives up a 37-yard catch to Fitzgerald, and Arik Armstead gets flagged for roughing the quarterback. That’s a 50-yard play.
3:52 On first and 10 from the 49ers 12, third-string strong safety Tyvis Powell gives up a touchdown catch to Fitzgerald. The Cardinals now trail 15-10 with 11:06 left.
3:53 Very good series from Leftwich. He finally found Fitzgerald’s name in the call sheet.
4:01 On third-and-12, Cardinals inside linebacker Josh Bynes breaks up a pass for Trent Taylor, and the 49ers punt. The Cardinals take over from their 17.
4:09 Cardinals tight end Jermaine Greshan recovers and Fred Warner recovers the ball. The 49ers take over at their 31. Great play by Warner, and Tyvis Powell who forced the fumble.
4:13 On third-and-6, the Cardinals bring an all-out blitz, and Beathard gets sacked. At least he didn’t fumble. The Cardinals will get the ball back with more than two minutes left.
4:27 On third-and-goal from the 9, the 49ers give up a touchdown catch to rookie Christian Kirk. The Cardinals go for two, and Rosen completes a pass to Fitzgerald, who runs over a defender and scores. The Cardinals lead 18-15 with 34 seconds left.
4:36 The 49ers drive to the Arizona 45. They’re eight yards out of field goal range with seven seconds and one timeout left. And backup center Erik Magnuson snaps the ball over Beathard’s head and the 49ers lose 18-15. Fitting way to end this game. Stay tuned for my grades and postgame Periscope report.