This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 5 NFC West matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. I will provide updates and analysis throughout the game.
12:03 49ers inactives – QB Jimmy Garoppolo, WR Jauan Jennings, CB K’Waun Williams, CB Ambry Thomas, CB Buster Skrine OL Aaron Banks, DL Zach Kerr
12:51 Jennings being inactive is the only surprise. There’s a chance we see Travis Benjamin replace Trenton Cannon in handling return duties.
12:54 Cardinals inactives – CB Byron Murphy, QB Chris Streveler, CB Marco Wilson, CB Tay Gowan, DL Victor Dimukeje, DL Michael Dogbe
Arizona will be without their top cornerback. Can Trey Lance take advantage?
1:26 Trey Lance will start his first possession as a starter from the 25 yard line. He scrambles for 14 yards.
1:29 After moving the ball into Arizona territory, Lance misses a wide open Travis Benjamin high and is intercepted by Budda Baker.
1:38 Cardinals make the 49ers pay for the turnover, go 66 yards on 8 plays for a touchdown. The big play was a 26-yard “run” by Rondale Moore on a swing pass. The Arizona offense moves so quick.
1:52 After moving the ball to the Cardinals 39 yard line, Kyle Shanahan calls back to back runs for Trey Lance and the 49ers turn the ball over on downs. The 49ers need to decide if Lance is a running back or a quarterback.
1:56 Big sack by D.J. Jones for a loss of 14-yards on first down leads to a quick three and out for Arizona. 49ers will take over at their own 6.
2:02 49ers on the move as Trey Lance finds Deebo Samuel for a gain of 26 on the final play of the first quarter. 49ers averaged 7 yards per play to 6.5 for Arizona in the first. Difference so far is the Lance interception.
2:12 49ers offense drives down to the Cardinals 1-yard line. On third down the Cardinals do a good job of forcing a throw away from Lance. Instead of kicking a field goal, Kyle Shanahan goes for it on fourth down and Lance is stopped short on a bootleg to the right side.
2:26 Cardinals move the ball from their own 1 to the 49ers 3 before having to settle for a field goal. Two penalties from Josh Norman helped to get the drive started, and then Rondale Moore made a highlight reel catch along the sideline for a 33-yard gain to put Arizona in scoring position.
San Francisco needs to find a way to score points on this next drive after giving up an easy 3 on the previous possession.
2:33 Quick three and out for the 49ers, highlighted by a drop from Mohamed Sanu on a perfect Lance pass over the middle.
2:53 49ers hold Arizona. Halftime. Cardinals 10 49ers 0
3:02 The last time the 49ers were held scoreless in the first half was 10/20/19 in a downpour at Washington.
3:08 49ers defense forces a three and out to start the second half, then Brandon Aiyuk has his helmet ripped off on the punt return to give the 49ers a free 15 yards.
3:20 The 49ers offense can’t help but shoot themselves in the foot. Three holding penalties stop the possession and force a punt.
3:27 49ers defense has stepped up over the last few possessions. Hold Arizona to the second three and out to start the second half and give the offense good field possession at their own 41-yard line after the punt. The offense needs to do something now.
3:36 Trey Lance hits Brandon Aiyuk for 26 yards, and a few plays later Deebo Samuel takes and sweeps around the left side for a 12-yard touchdown to get the 49ers onto the scoreboard. Cardinals 10 49ers 7
3:46 49ers defense steps up again. On third and nine from midfield, Talanoa Hufanga gets pressure on Kyler Murray and forces him to throw the ball away. 49ers offense will start from the 20.
The injury to Cardinals center Rodney Hudson has really stymied the Arizona offense.
3:58 Sometimes Kyle Shanahan is too smart for his own good. Goes for it on fourth and one near midfield, and Kyle Juszczyk is stopped short on the quarterback sneak. Yes. Kyle Juszczyk.
4:04 Dontae Johnson strips the ball and may be the hero if the offense can do anything with the ball.
4:08 Offense does nothing. Trey Lance has two passes tipped at the line of scrimmage, and is high on a throw to Brandon Aiyuk. Turnover on downs.
4:11 Cardinals get back to back big plays out of Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins to score a touchdown and go up 17-7.
The 49ers have thrown away a terrific effort by their defense today.
4:40 49ers lose 17-10. Fall to 2-3 on the season.
Will be back soon with a wrap up.