This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers (3-2) week six matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) from Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. I will provide updates and analysis from the tool shed throughout the game.
8:30 Nick Bosa will not play today. Joining him on the inactive list for today are Tyler Kroft, Danny Gray, Trent Williams, Jimmie Ward, and Arik Armstead.
9:04 How the 49ers defensive holds up against the run without Nick Bosa will be a key to this game. Bosa is equally as strong against the run as he is against the pass and Atlanta is one of the best rushing teams in the league.
9:09 The 49ers are rumored to have interest in obtaining Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey. Having McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel on the field at the same time would put opposing defenses in a blender.
What do you think? Should the 49ers go all in to add McCaffrey?
9:29 Based on warmups Deommodore Lenoir will start at cornerback in place of Emmanuel Moseley.
9:38 The 49ers defense has carried the team through the first five weeks of the season. Without Nick Bosa, it is time for Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense to step it up. One problem, Garoppolo has never gone three weeks without throwing an interception. Does he change that today?
10:00 The 49ers won the toss and have deferred. The Falcons will start on offense.
10:04 49ers defense showing three safeties with George Odum joining Tashaun Gipson and Talanoa Hufanga.
Marcus Mariota hits a wide-openfor a gain of 37. The 49ers have no pass rush without Nick Bosa on this opening drive.
10:09 Samson Ebukam took a shot to his right knee at the end of that last play. He is back up and on the sideline.
10:12 Mariota finishes off an 11-play, 74-yard drive with a touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt to put the Falcons up 7-0. That’s the first touchdown allowed by San Francisco in the first half of a game this season. It looked way too easy.
10:18 Quick three and out to start the game for the offense. A pair of runs from Jeff Wilson Jr. pick up six yards before Garoppolo throws incomplete to Jauan Jennings.
Atlanta dropped eight into coverage and nobody came open.
10:26 Atlanta picks up a quick first down before a pair of penalties push them back and the 49ers defense is able to force a punt. 49ers will take over on their own 11.
This game is shaping up to be a grinder for the 49ers.
10:31 Jeff Wilson Jr. fumbles on a third down carry. Atlanta picks it up and returns it for a touchdown.
Falcons up 14-0.
10:38 The 49ers offense opening up a bit on its third possession. Garoppolo hits George Kittle with a screen pass for six yards, then finds Deebo Samuel with a short pass over the middle for a gain of 14 as the first quarter comes to a close.
The Falcons dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides in the first half. That needs to change for the 49ers to get back into this one.
10:48 The 49ers offense responds with an eight-play, 79-yard touchdown drive.
That possession was surgical. Garoppolo was 6-6, 59 yards with several underneath throws and Jeff Wilson Jr. added 15 yards on two carries. The touchdown came on a screen to the left side that Brandon Aiyuk took in from 12 yards out.
With that touchdown pass Jimmy Garoppolo tied Colin Kaepernick for seventh all-time in 49ers history.
49ers 7 Falcons 14
10:53 There is the 49ers defense everyone knows. Drake Jackson with terrific pressure leading to a sack.
Ray-Ray McCloud takes the punt 35 yards, and the offense is back in business.
11:00 The 49ers offense answers the bell again. They go 32 yards on four plays, tying the game on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Aiyuk. Their second scoring connection of the game.
Garoppolo missed his first throw of the game and hasn’t missed since. The touchdown to Aiyuk was the 73rd of his 49ers career, moving him ahead of Colin Kaepernick for seventh in franchise history.
Mike McGlinchey left the game with an injury a couple of plays before the touchdown. No update yet on his status.
11:04 No Nick Bosa for the 49ers defense and now no Samson Ebukam either. The defensive end just limped off the field for the second time today. Kemoko Turay has replaced him.
11:09 Charvarius Ward is headed into the locker room with a trainer. Samuel Womack has replaced him.
11:11 Samson Ebukam is back in the game. Marcus Mariota hits Drake London over Deommodore Lenoir for a gain of 20. Two plays later Caleb Huntley with a strong run around the right side for a gain of 17.
Marcus Mariota with a zone read around the right side for a touchdown, and the Falcons are back on top 21-14.
11:14 The 49ers defense came into this game having allowed 12 first half points this season. They’ve allowed 14 so far.
11:22 Jimmy Garoppolo tries to go deep down the right side to Deebo Samuel, Isaiah Oliver picks it off and the first half comes to a close.
Falcons 21 49ers 14
San Francisco will get the ball to open the second half. Atlanta will be kicking off from its own 15 due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on linebacker Rashaan Evans.
11:27 Prior to the game I pointed out the 49ers two losses had come against teams who were committed to running the ball. Chicago and Denver combined for 68 runs compared to 51 combined runs by opponents in the 49ers three wins.
Atlanta had 20 rushing attempts in the first half.
11:41 The 49ers opening possession of the second half: Brandon Aiyuk drops a short slant on first down. Ray-Ray McCloud drops a deep post on second down. Garoppolo is forced to checkdown to Kyle Juszczyk on third and ten. Punt
11:49 Atlanta has owned the offensive line for most of this game. They open the second half with a 9 play, 65 yard touchdown drive. The Falcons bookended the possession with gains of ten and seven through the air. In the middle they ran the ball seven times for 48 yards.
Falcons 28 49ers 14
12:00 Jimmy Garoppolo hits Charlie Woerner down the middle of the field and the tight end drops it. That’s three drops in two second half possessions for the 49ers offense. Punt.
12:05 The 49ers defense holds Atlanta to only 18 yards on a six play drive, but more important is the Falcons hold a 14-point lead and took nearly four minutes off the clock.
12:12 49ers offense quickly out near midfield, and the third quarter comes to a close.
Atlanta has dominated time of possession so far, 28 to 17 minutes. The 49ers need to cash in quickly to have a chance to win this game.
12:16 Garoppolo throws an interception to open the final quarter. He was trying to hit Deebo Samuel on an over route, the Falcons defender timed it perfectly and Jaylinn Hawkins came down with the ball.
Feels like this one is over.
12:20 Marcus Mariota throws his first incompletion of the game, and the 49ers defense gets a stop. The 49ers take over on their own one.
12:46 The 49ers offense took over eight minutes off the clock and come up empty handed.
They will drop to 3-3. This team has been a disappointment through the first three weeks of the season.