This is the live blog for the Santa Clara 49ers Week 4 road game against the Carson Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
11:45 Check out my pregame Periscope report: (Note, it should read “Chargers,” not Dolphins)..
49ers pregame report: Why I picked them to beat the Dolphins. https://t.co/GWRDw3dLEK
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 30, 2018
12:47 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- CB Richard Sherman
- SS Jaquiski Tartt
- WR Richie James
- OG Joshua Garnett
- OG Najee Toran
- DT Jullian Taylor
- OT Shon Coleman
12:50 Here are the Chargers inactives:
- DE Joey Bosa
- LB Kyzir White
- C Cole Toner
- OT Joe Barksdale
- OG Forrest Lamp
- WR JJ Jones
- DT T.Y. McGill
1:25 The Chargers win the toss and choose to receive. Let’s see if the 49ers defense came to play.
1:28 You bet it did. On third-and-10, Antone Exum Jr. picks off Philip Rivers and returns the interception for a touchdown. The 49ers lead 7-0.
1:32 The Chargers go three-and-out again. Reuben Foster blitzes on second down and third down and hits Rivers both times. Great start for Foster, and a great start for Robert Saleh, too. Blitzing Foster is smart and creative.
1:34 Dante Pettis suffered an injury during the punt return. The 49ers carried him off the field.
1:38 On first down, Shanahan calls an outside zone run to the right from the shotgun with no lead blocker. Matt Breida loses two yards. Next play, C.J. Beathard missed Pierre Garcon high over the middle. Weston Richburg leaves with an injury. The 49ers punt two plays later.
1:46 Caleb Sturgis misses a 54-yard field goal attempt wide right. The 49ers will get the ball at the Chargers 44-yard line.
1:52 On second-and-goal from the 2, C.J. Beathard throws a touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne, and the 49ers lead 14-0. Beathard has completed four passes in a row.
1:54 Dante Pettis has a knee injury and is questionable to return.
1:59 On third-and-goal from the 5, Rivers throws a touchdown to Antonio Gates, who was wide open because Reuben Foster didn’t cover him man to man. Foster thought the 49ers were in zone defense. The Chargers trail 14-6 after Sturgis misses the extra point.
2:01 The Chargers never ran during that drive. Saleh has to make an adjustment to his pass defense.
2:22 On third-and-goal from the 3, Beathard throws the ball away. More red-zone problems for Kyle Shanahan. Still, a good drive. It was 21 plays, and it took 10:44 off the clock.
2:23 Robbie Gould makes a 21-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 17-6.
2:24 Beathard has stepped up so far. Kyle Shanahan is calling a ton of passes and Beathard is completing most of them. He is 13-for-17 for 100 yards, and his quarterback rating is 103.9.
2:36 On third-and-2 from the 49ers 22, Fred Warner gives up a touchdown catch to backup running back Austin Ekeler. Then, the 49ers give up the two-point conversion, as Rivers throws in the flat to running back Melvin Gordon and he jogs into the end zone. The Chargers trail 17-14. Terrible sequence for the 49ers defense. Terrible sequence for Robert Saleh. If he calls man coverage near the red zone, he needs to give his linebacker safety help.
2:44 The 49ers go three-and-out in just 17 seconds. Marquise Goodwin is down on the field. Joe Staley is on the sideline with a knee injury. He’s questionable to return. Impressive the 49ers are in the game, considering the season’s worth of injuries they have suffered already this year.
2:47 Desmond King returns the kickoff 56 yards to the 49ers 32.
2:49 Sturgis makes a 48-yard field goal as time expires. The 49ers just gave the Chargers three points. The game is tied at 17 and it’s halftime.
3:05 On third-and-7, Derwin James blitzes and sacks Beathard, and the 49ers go three-and-out. During the punt return, the 49ers miss about a dozen tackles, and King returns the punt to midfield. The 49ers have lost all of their adrenaline and confidence from early in the game, and Shanahan has become way too pass happy.
3:11 Staley and Pettis are out for the rest of the game. Mike McGlinchey has a knee injury and is questionable. And now Solomon Thomas is down on the field.
3:15 On third-and-4 from the 49ers 6, Saleh calls Cover 3, the 49ers get no pass rush and Rivers checks down to Gordon who scores easily. The Chargers lead 23-17 after Sturgis misses the extra point.
3:16 The Chargers are schooling Robert Saleh. He is decidedly on the hot seat.
3:22 On first-and-goal from the 8, Garrett Celek drops a well-thrown pass and it tips it directly to Trevor Williams, who returns interception to the 49ers 12 yard-line. What a critical mistake by Celek.
3:31 The 49ers defense holds the Chargers in the red zone. Sturgis makes a 24-yard field goal, and the Chargers lead 26-17.
3:35 Shanahan calls three straight passes and the 49ers go three-and-out.
3:41 On second-and-5, Sheldon Day sacks Rivers for an eight-yard loss. Great individual effort by Day. The Rivers punt two plays later. Big defensive stand by the 49ers defense.
3:45 On second-and-8 from the 49ers 18, Beathard throws an 82-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle, and the 49ers trail 24-26. Great catch and run by Kittle. None of the Chargers could catch him.
3:51 Rivers throws incomplete on third-and-10, and the Chargers punt.
4:08 On third-and-6, Beathard scrambles for five yards and gets clobbered. Shanahan challenges the spot and the challenge fails. That’s the second one he has wasted in this game. The 49ers have just one timeout left.
4:09 Robbie Gould makes a 33-yard field goal, and the 49ers lead 27-26.
4:09 Matt Breida injured his shoulder picking up a blitzer during that drive.
4:15 Greg Mabin breaks up a pass on third-and-goal from the 3.
4:16 Sturgis makes a 21-yard field goal, and the Chargers lead 29-27.
4:19 D.J. Reed fumbles the kick return and the Chargers recover. The play is under review. The Chargers defender may not have had control of the ball when he rolled out of bounds.
4:22 He did NOT have control. The officials reverse their call, and give the 49ers the ball at their 17.
4:24 Breida gains seven yards on first down. Then, Shanahan calls back-to-back passes, they’re incomplete and the 49ers go three-and-out. Run the ball, Kyle.
4:29 The Chargers punt and pin the 49ers at their 7 with 3:49 to go. The 49ers have one timeout.
4:32 On second-and-6, Derwin James blitzes from Beathard’s blindside and hits him. The ball pop into the air and the Chargers intercept it.
4:39 The 49ers lose 29-27. Stay tuned for my postgame report and grades.