This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 preseason finale against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston. I will provide updates and analysis from the tool shed throughout the game.
8:10 49ers lose 17-0 and it’s a wrap for the preseason. There’s now seventeen days before San Francisco opens the season in Chicago.
I’ll be back soon with my observations from the game.
7:50 Brock Purdy is Nick Mullens with mobility. It’s good play, good play, OMG what was that! Come on!
7:20 The 49ers have been whipped up front on both sides of the ball all night.
7:04 Brock Purdy hits Ross Dwelley down the middle for a gain of 30, but Malik Turner drops a short in breaking route on third and seven to end the possession.
The 49ers backup tackles are awful. Jaylon Moore looked like a turnstile tonight and so do Jordan Mills and Justin Skule. None of these guys should be playing tackle for the 49ers this year.
6:57 The Texans have a number of starters still in the game to open the second half. They go 77 yards on six plays, ending with a touchdown pass from Davis Mills to Chris Mills.
6:34 End of the first half. Texans 7 49ers 0
Trey Lance looked like a quarterback who hadn’t played in nearly two weeks. He completed 7 of 11 attempts, but the overall accuracy was not there. The offensive line did him no favors either. Jaylon Moore is not good in pass protection on the outside, and Colton McKivitz wasn’t much better. Add a couple of holding calls by Spencer Burford and Aaron Banks getting beat inside on 4th and two and it’s easy to see why the 49ers were held scoreless.
6:21 After Jordan Mason picks up eight on first down, rookie right guard Spencer Burford is called for holding and the 49ers are eventually forced to punt. That’s Burford’s second holding penalty in the game.
6:18 Samuel Womack runs stride for stride with Nico Collins on a deep shot into the endzone. The rookie gets his hand on the ball and Tarvarius Moore is there to catch the deflection. 49ers ball on.
6:14 Nate Sudfeld telegraphs a pass to Tyler Kroft and Texans cornerback Desmond King picks it off.
6:09 Trey Lance’s night comes to an end. He completed seven of eleven attempts for 49 yards. The 49ers offense needs Trent Williams or Mike McGlinchey to be on the field every week.
6:06 Samson Ebukam forces Davis Mills to move leading to a Jordan Willis sack to open the Houston possession, leading to a quick three and out for the 49ers defense.
6:02 Jaylen Moore is better when he is lined up at guard. He misses a block leading to an incompletion from Lance when his arm is hit as he throws.
On fourth and two, Aaron Banks gets beat with a quick inside move which blows up play leading to a loss of three by Trey Sermon.
5:53 The first quarter comes to a close with the 49ers offense on the move. After the possession starts with a hold by rookie Spencer Burford, Trey Sermon gains 12 on a draw over the left side, Trey Lance hits Malik Turner and Ross Dwelley for 22 yards, and Sermon gains five on a run behind Burford. They finally have some rhythm.
5:46 Terrific coverage by rookie Tariq Castro-Fields leads to a pass break up on third and three. It’s a quick three and out for the defense.
San Francisco will take over at their own 12.
5:42 San Francisco’s offensive line is giving up pressure nearly every time Lance drops back. Lance may have been able to get the ball to George Kittle on third and three, but moves and checks it down to Jeff Wilson for a gain of two.
He’ll likely be in for another possession. The first two have not been pretty.
5:33 After a sack to open the possession, Houston drives the ball 85 yards for a touchdown. Houston controlled the line of scrimmage. George Odum missed a tackle, turning a short throw into a long gain and Samuel Womack was called for pass interference in the endzone. Texans 7 49ers 0
5:29 The 49ers defensive line is getting pushed around in the run game on the Texans opening drive.
5:21 Lance goes deep down the right sideline on third and two to Deebo Samuel, but the pass is underthrown and broken up.
Lance did a nice job of finding Kyle Juszczyk for 15 on the second play of the possession but threw the ball into hte ground when forced to move to his right after Colton McKivitz allowed quick pressure. That is the type of throw we’ve seen often from Lance in training camp when throwing on the run.
5:15 The 49ers will play eight of their regular starters tonight. They will get the ball to start the game.
4:37 49ers General Manager John Lynch tells Thursday Night Football pregame show that safety Jimmie Ward is expected be placed on short term IR to start the season. This would keep Ward out for the first four weeks.
4:35 How long Trey Lance plays will depend on him. If Lance plays well and the offense is moving the ball look for him to be in for only a couple of series. If Lance isn’t able to find a groove and offense is stagnant, he will be on the field through the first half.
4:20 49ers not expected to play tonight include Elijah Mitchell, Daniel Brunskill, Mike McGlinchey, Trent Williams, Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw, Azeez Al-Shaair, Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, Emmanuel Moseley, Ambry Thomas, Charvarius Ward, Jimmie Ward, Dontae Johnson.