This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 9 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. I will provide updates and analysis throughout the game.
11:06 Inactive for the 49ers today: S Jimmie Ward, DL Maurice Hurst, OL Aaron Banks, DB Deommodore Lenoir, RB Trey Sermon, DL Charles Omenihu, WR Travis Benjamin
Inactive for the Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, WR DeAndre Hopkins, RB Jonathan Ward, S James Wiggins, Kevin Petersen
For Arizona, A.J. Green is out as well. He was placed on the Covid-19 list.
1:05 Jerry Rice just sprinted the length of the field to get the crowd ready for this big NFC West matchup.
1:10 With Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green out for Arizona, the 49ers defense needs to be ready to stop the run today. They held Cardinal running back’s James Connor and Chase Edmonds to only 44 yards on 16 carries in the first game.
1:23 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
1:29 After a good start to the drive, Garoppolo throws incomplete to Aiyuk and Kittle. On 3rd and 10, Brunskill and Mack get beat by Markus Golden who sacks Garoppolo for a loss of 4.
1:31 On the first defensive play of the game, D.J. Jones is down on the field after making a tackle. The 49ers are thin in the middle of the defensive line. Jones walks slowly off the field. Kentavius Street is in to replace him.
1:35 The 49ers pass rush is going to be able to get after McCoy a little harder than they could if Murray was out there. On 3rd and 10 they do a good job of forcing him out of the pocket and he throws the ball into the Cardinals bench as Arden Key drags him down.
1:37 The 49ers ran the ball only once on their first possession. Might be a good idea to do that more often considering Arizona has the second worst run defense in the NFL.
1:39 Instead they come out throwing. Garoppolo hits Kittle in stride, but he fumbles the ball after a gain of 18 yards. So much for a clean offensive game today.
1:41 Arizona running back Chase Edmonds has an injured ankle and his return to the game is questionable. Can Arizona serve this game up on a bigger silver platter?
1:49 Arizona cashes in after the Kittle fumble with a 13-yard touchdown run by James Connor. This is what Arizona does. They force turnovers and make you pay by scoring. Cardinals 7 49ers 0
1:59 Deebo Samuel with drop number 10 on the season. The 49ers have run the ball only twice in their first 11 plays against the second worst run defense in the NFL.
2:02 On 3rd and 18, Azeez Al-Shaair can’t make the tackle and James Connor takes the check down from Colt McCoy 21 yards for a first down. On the next play McCoy finds Christian Kirk wide open for a 17 yard gain.
2:04 Arik Armstead sacks Colt McCoy, but the 49ers call facemask on Armstead. Unbelievable.
2:07 On the next play, Christian Kirk finds Antoine Wesley on a trick play for a 33-yard gain down inside the one. James Connor then punches it in. Cardinals 14 49ers 0
2:13 The 49ers gave up 145 yards in the first quarter to an Arizona team missing its starting quarterback, two starting wide receivers and starting running back.
2:20 The 49ers just cannot hold onto the football. After a nice drive into Arizona territory, Garoppolo hits Aiyuk for a gain of 18 yards, but Aiyuk fumbles when he is hit from behind.
2:27 Rookie safety Talanoa Hufanga gives up a 41-yard completion from McCoy to Kirk.
2:31 The 49ers defense had stopped Arizona, but Josh Norman can’t stop running his mouth after the play and Arizona gets a new set of downs. Dre Kirkpatrick has replaced Norman.
2:34 49ers defense holds, but Matt Prater hits the field goal. Cardinals 17 49ers 0
2:36 Colt McCoy has thrown only 3 incompletions on 15 attempts in the first half. The 49ers defense forgot to show up today.
2:51 The 49ers offense finally holds onto the football, and ends the 9 play, 75 yards drive with a 6-yard touchdown throw from Garoppolo to George Kittle. That’s Kittle’s first touchdown in more than a year. Cardinas 17 49ers 7
2:54 Halftime Cardinals 17 49er2 7
3:09 Mike McGlinchey has been ruled out with a knee injury.
3:10 49ers defense opens the second half playing the same way they did in the first half. DeMeco Ryans calls a blitz and Kliff Kingsbury has the perfect play called, a screen to James Connor that goes 45 yards for a touchdown. Cardinals 24 49ers 7
3:25 The 49ers defense has now allowed points on 10 of the last 14 drives over the last 6+ quarters. Cardinals 31 49ers 7
3:32 Garoppolo goes 5-5, 80 yards on a scoring drive. Hits Brandon Aiyuk in the endzone to finish it off. Great catch by Aiyuk. Cardinals 31 49ers 14
3:44 End of the 3rd quarter. Cardinals 31 49ers 14
4:00 The 49ers defense comes up with a stop, Brandon Aiyuk has a big punt return, and the 49ers settle for a field goal. Cardinals 31 49ers 17
4:18 Jimmy Garoppolo throws an interception, the 49ers third turnover of the game, to wrap up a dismal offensive performance for San Francisco. 49ers down 31-17 at the two minute warning.