This is the live blog of the 49ers’ Week 5 road game against the Colts. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
9:46 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- SS Eric Reid
- LB Reuben Foster
- FS Adrian Colbert
- LB DeKoda Watson
- OL Erik Magnuson
- WR Kendrick Bourne
- LB Mark Nzeocha
10:02 The Colts receive the opening kickoff.
10:10 Adam Vinatieri blasts a 52-yard field goal, and the Colts lead 3-0. The 49ers invited the Colts into field-goal range with soft zone coverage and no pressure on third downs. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh finally blitzed when the Colts got the 49ers 25-yard line and the blitzer, Jaquiski Tartt, sacked Jacoby Brisett. Blitz more, Robert.
10:22 George Kittle drops a pass in the end zone on third-and-4 from the Colts 10-yard line. That’s his third drop in the past three games. Robbie Gould makes a short field goal and ties the game at three.
10:23 Brian Hoyer didn’t take any hits during the opening drive and played well. What a shocker. He completed 7-of-8 passes for 73 yards. Pierre Garcon caught five of those passes.
10:26 The play design on the opening drive was excellent and the play call to Kittle was perfect against the Colts blitz. Kittle has to catch that pass.
10:30 DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas tackle Colts backup running back Marlon Mack for a two-yard loss. The Colts will face third-and-7 from their 41 when the second quarter starts.
10:33 The 49ers rush five defenders, and Aaron Lynch hits Brissett as Brissett throws incomplete. The 49ers will take over from their eight-yard line after the punt.
10:41 The Niners go three-and-out because Hoyer and Kyle Juszczyk fumbled an exchange on second-and-six.
10:42 The Colts fumble during the punt return but the 49ers don’t recover. Both teams are trying to give away the game early.
10:45 That second offensive series by Shanahan was just awful. Zone read for Juszczyk? What was Shanny thinking?
10:47 On third-and-10, the Niners rush five and Aaron Lynch hits Brissett for the second time in this game. The Colts go three-and-out.
10:50 The Niners go three-and-out again. Garcon has been invisible for two straight series after catch five passes for 51 yards on the first drive of the game. Don’t overthink it, Kyle. Get the ball to Garcon.
10:58 On third-and-10 from the 49ers’ 44, Elvis Dumervil makes right tackle Joe Haeg fall on his face, then sacks Brissett for an eight-yard loss. That’s three sacks the past two games for Dumervil. Niners ball at their 19 after the punt. Let’s see if Shanny can locate Garcon’s name on the play sheet.
11:06 Shanahan fails to get the ball to Garcon for the third drive in a row, and the Niners punt after five plays.
11:10 The 49ers may have benched NaVorro Bowman. He’s not on the field for this series. He looked painfully slow trying to run down backup tight end Darrell Daniels earlier in the game.
11:16 Rashard Robinson breaks up a pass intended for T.Y. Hilton on third-and-goal from the 5. Adam Vinatieri makes a short field goal and the Colts lead 6-3 with 59 seconds left in the first half.
11:21 Robbie Gould makes a 43-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half. Game tied at six. Shanahan call two passes for Garcon during that drive and gained 27 yards. I can’t figure out why Shanny went away from Garcon in the first place.
11:23 Brissett takes a knee. Halftime.
11:23 One adjustment the defense should make: The slot defenders should play with inside leverage to take away the inside releases and quick passes, which hurt the 49ers in the first half. If the slot receiver works up field passed the quick throw game, then the slot corner can transfer to an outside technique.
11:34 NaVorro Bowman isn’t injured — the 49ers benched him in the second quarter.
11:40 On third-and-10, the Colts green dog and sack Hoyer. The Niners go three-and-out. Hyde fumbled a toss and loss six yards on second-and-4. Frank Gore has thoroughly outplayed him.
11:53 NaVorro Bowman returns to the game for the Colts’ opening drive of the second half. Aaron Lynch commits a neutral-zone infraction and a roughing-the-passer penalty. Elvis Dumervil and DeForest Buckner sack Brissett on second-and-18. And Robert Saleh gives the Colts and easy three points by calling a prevent defense on third-and-29 from the 31. Brisett checks down to Robert Turbin who picks up 11 yards. 9-6 Colts.
12:03 Joe Staley gives up a sack to Jabaal Sheard on third-and-16 from the 49ers 16, and the Niners punt.
12:09 Marlon Mack scores a 22-yard touchdown run after Jaquiski Tartt over pursues Mack in the backfield and gets caught in the wrong gap. Mack cuts back and there’s no one to stop him. Colts lead 16-6.
12:20 Hoyer hits Breida for a five-yard completion on third-and-4 from the Colts 36. 49ers face first and 10 when the fourth quarter starts.
12:23 On third-and-3 from the Colts 22, Garcon gets held but the officials don’t throw a flag. Looked like a penalty. Gould makes a 40-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 16-9.
12:33 On second-and-goal from the 3, Brissett runs a QB draw and scores. The Niners missed 357 tackles during that drive. Let’s blame Hoyer. Colts lead 23-9.
12:41 Hoyer completes a beautiful 51-yard pass to Marquise Goodwin, who goes up and catches the ball high above his head. Goodwin has improved his technique since earlier in the season. Good for him. Three plays later, Hoyer completes a shovel pass to Kyle Juszczyk, who scored for six yards out. 23-16 Colts with eight minutes left.
12:48 Brissett misses an open receiver down field on third-and-7 from the Colts 38, and they punt. Niners ball at their 11 with 5:29 left.
12:57 George Kittle catches a 19-yard pass and gets tackled at the Colts two-yard line just before the two-minute warning. Hoyer has thrown for 340 yards in this game.
1:04 On fourth-and-goal from the 5, Trent Taylor sets a legal pick for Kittle, who makes a five-yard touchdown catch. Kittle had five catches for 73 yards on that drive. Gould makes the extra point, and the game is tied at 23 with 20 seconds left.
1:07 The fourth quarter ends. Here comes overtime for the second week in a row.
1:09 The Colts win the toss and choose to receive the kickoff.
1:20 On first-and-goal from the 8, Ray Ray Armstrong intercepts Brissett in the end zone and returns the pick to the 49ers 28-yard line. That’s Armstrong second interception in the past two games. The Niners can win with a field goal.
1:26 On second-and-20 from midfield, Laken Tomlinson commits a holding penalty. Ugh. Niners punt three plays later. Colts get the ball at their 18 with 3:39 left.
1:34 Vinatieri is on the field to attempt a 51-yard field goal.
1:34 He crushes it. Colts win. 49ers are 0-5. Stay tuned for my Periscope postgame report and team grades.