This is the live blog for the 49ers 2023 preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. I will provide updates and analysis throughout the game.
12:00 Here is what to look for today from the 49ers.
12:50 With the 49ers starting offensive line not expected to play it will be interesting to see how Trey Lance and Sam Darnold handle pressure. Brock Purdy did this very well a year ago and it was one of the reasons he stayed with the team over Nate Sudfeld.
1:05 49ers will open on offense. With Ray-Ray McCloud out due to a fractured wrist, Ronnie Bell returns the kick out to the 25.
1:08 Rough opening for the 49ers offense. Lance holds the ball a couple of times leading to sacks and it’s a quick three and out. Looked like he had Ross Dwelley open, but didn’t pull the trigger for some reason.
1:11 On third and one, rookie Aidan O’Connell with a 15 yard pass. This is followed up by a 9 yard gash up the middle of the 49ers defense. This looks very similar to what we saw during Friday’s practice.
1:15 The middle of the 49ers defense was dominated on that possession. Defensive tackles getting blown off the ball and linebackers not stepping up.
1:21 Ty Davis-Price opens the second possession with a gain of 3 over left guard. Lance with a short completion to Ross Dwelley off a bootleg to his right on second down before throwing incomplete to Charlie Woerner on third down.
Lance doesn’t look comfortable at all so far. Held the ball twice on the first series and the miss on third down. He’s under pressure, but the ball needs to come out
1:25 Kevin Givens gets blown off the ball on second and six leading to a five yard run. He was pushed so far back that the linebacker had no way to get up the field.
1:28 Clelin Ferrell stops the bleeding. The former Raider signed during free agency with a sack of O’Connell on first down. Pressure from Kevin Givens and a drop on second and third down get the ball back for the offense.
Let’s see if Lance can settle down here and lead a drive. He’s been good with this so far during camp.
1:34 Another three and out. Lance had the receiver open over the middle off play action on first down but didn’t pull the trigger, instead choosing to throw the checkdown to Ross Dwelley and the pass sailed high. This is rough.
The offensive line is struggling, but there have been throws to be made.
1:45 Samuel Womack and Ambry Thomas come up with big stops against the run to get the ball back for the 49ers offense. Womack comes up to drop the Raiders running back for no gain on third and one. On the next play the interior of the defense wins at the point of attack forcing the runner to bounce and Thomas drops him for a loss of one on fourth down.
Much better job by the defense on that possession.
1:52 Trey Lance was much more decisive on that possession. Three nice throws from the quarterback with runs from Bell and Davis-Price mixed in gets the ball to the redzone. Lance gets lucky there when his throw over the middle to Chris Conley bounces off the hands of a Raiders defensive back and the ball ricochets right to Ross Dwelley for a touchdown.
2:00 What a play on second down by Alex Barrett and Jalen Graham. Barrett forces the running back to bounce and the rookie linebacker is there to make the tackle.
Samuel Womack was beat deep on third down but Raiders receiver Tre Tucker can’t hold on. Good job by Kyle Shanahan to challenge the ruling on the play.
2:06 Lance has bounced back nicely from the rough start. A couple of nice throws on the fifth offensive possession for the 49ers offense including a 17 yarder over the middle to Chris Conley. However, a drop by Jordan Mason leads to a fourth and short. Instead of trying a long field goal Kyle Shanahan goes for it and Mason is dropped for a loss on a run up the middle on a zone read.
2:18 New 49ers nickelback Isaiah Oliver gets beat by Keelan Cole Sr for a Raiders touchdown. The 49ers defense has struggled against the pass since arriving in Las Vegas. They’ve allowed rookie Aidan O’Connel to go 10-13 for 107 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
2:25 After nearly throwing an interception to open a two-minute drill before halftime, Lance bounces back and leads the 49ers offense into field goal position where rookie Jake Moody misses from 39 yards out on his first NFL try.
Lance followed up the bad throw with a nice completion to Chris Conley up the left seam. On the next play he hit Troy Fumagalli over the middle for a 22 yard pickup.
2:43 Aidan O’Connell keep dicing up the 49ers defense. Raiders receivers are running wide open in the intermediate area over the middle.
Daniel Carlson hits from 53-yards out to give the Raiders a 17-7 lead.
Sam Darnold will take over at quarterback for San Francisco.
2:54 Darnold in rhythm right away. The veteran hits Ronnie Bell on a go route down the right side for 37 on his first throw. He follows that up with completions to rookie Isaiah Winstead and Tay Martin. The drive comes up empty when the offense is stopped for no gain on three consecutive runs up the middle.
2:59 D’Shawn Jamison is a much better returner than Ronnie Bell.
3:02 Cameron Latu has struggled to catch the ball throughout training camp. He catches his first target of the preseason, then drops it when he is hit and Las Vegas recovers the fumble.
3:18 Jake Moody’s attempt from 57 yards out misses so far right that it landed in Henderson.
3:27 Are you ready for Brandon Allen? The 49ers fourth string quarterback has replaced Sam Darnold.
3:28 Allen’s first throw hits Ronnie Bell in the hands but the rookie can’t hold on and it’s intercepted by Raiders defensive back Sam Webb who returns it all the way to the two yard line.
3:56 The 49ers lose their preseason opener 34-7. They can’t get out of Las Vegas fast enough. The Raiders have pushed them all over the field since Thursday.