This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 1 road game against the Minnesota Vikings. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
Here are the 49ers inactive players:
- LB Malcolm Smith
- WR Richie James Jr.
- OL Erik Magnuson
- OL Matt Tobin
- OL Shon Coleman
- DT Jullian Taylor
Here is my pregame report:
49ers pregame report https://t.co/A0v6P26qgg
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 9, 2018
10:12 The Vikings punt three plays after DeForest Buckner sacks Kirk Cousins. Great series for Buckner.
10:16 On third-and-7 from the 49ers 23, Garoppolo throws to George Kittle, who is triple covered. Incomplete. The 49ers punt. The Vikings will take over from their 30-yard line.
10:18 Bad first series for the 49ers offense. The Vikings seemed to know where the ball was going every play.
10:23 On third-and-6 from the 49ers 30, Cousins throws a short pass over the middle to No. 3 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who drops the ball. Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson makes a 48-yard field goal, and the Vikings lead 3-0.
10:24 The 49ers defense has held Dalvin Cook to just seven yards on nine carries. Fred Warner has been terrific — he tackled Cook for a two-yard loss during this past series.
10:25 The pass coverage has been an issue, though. K’Waun Williams, Richard Sherman and Fred Warner each have given up big gains.
10:31 On the first play of the drive, Laken Tomlinson commits a holding penalty. Next play, Sheldon Richardson bulldozes Mike Person and hits Jimmy Garoppolo, who stumbles and gets sacked by Everson Griffen. The 49ers punt a few plays later. Terrible start for the offense. Completely disjointed and out of sync.
10:39 On third-and-3 form the 49ers 46, Robert Saleh calls a blitz and Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFelippo beats the blitz with a screen pass to Cook, who gains 17 yards.
10:40 On third-and-3 from the 49ers 22, Ahkello Witherspoon gives up a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, who ran a go route up. Witherspoon covered him man to man and never turned his head to find the ball. Easy touchdown. The Vikings lead 10-0.
10:41 The 49ers defense is struggling on third down. The Vikings have converted 60 percent of the time.
10:45 On the third series, Kyle Shanahan makes two adjustments — he goes with a hurry-up offense, and he calls play-action roll-out passes. He calls that concept three times in a row to start the drive. The result is two first downs. He found a way to attack the Vikings base defense on first down, which is critical to beating Minnesota. Good job by Shanahan.
10:46 On the third play of the drive. Marquise Goodwin ran into a defender and appeared to injure his right leg.
10:50 Goodwin’s injury ruins the drive. Dante Pettis replaces him and draws a 15-yard penalty. But after that, the 49ers go nowhere. Robbie Gould makes a 42-yard field goal to make the score 10-3 Vikings.
10:51 Losing Goodwin after already losing McKinnon would be devastating.
10:56 Cook bursts through the 49ers defense for a big gain, but Warner catches him, strips him and Richard Sherman recovers. Wow!
10:59 On third-and-1 from the Vikings 47, tight end Garrett Celek commits a false start and Mike Person injures his right leg. Joshua Garnett will replace him.
11:00 Goodwin is questionable to return with a quad injury.
11:11 On second-and-goal from the 1, Alfred Morris runs into the line, fumbles and the Vikings recover. Morris fumbled on the previous play, but got the ball back.
11:12 What a bad break. The Vikings had given the 49ers a gift, and Jimmy Garoppolo had just led a brilliant 14-play drive.
11:13 The 49ers red-zone offense remains an issue.
11:23 On the final play of the first half, the Vikings attempt a Hail Mary from the 49ers 44, and Buckner sacks Cousins for a loss of nine. The 49ers will get the ball when the third quarter starts.
11:37 The third quarter will start any minute, and Goodwin still is sitting on a stationary bike.
11:41 On the second play of the drive, backup right guard Joshua Garnett injures his left leg. He can’t walk off the field by himself. Looks bad. The 49ers will have to play backup tackle Garry Gilliam at right guard. This is exactly why the 49ers should have drafted a guard this year.
11:43 On third-and-9, Garoppolo throws incomplete over the middle to Trent Taylor, and the 49ers go three-and-out.
11:47 On third-and-12 from the Vikings 42, the 49ers get a coverage sack. Cousins scrambles around with no one to throw to, and runs into Buckner and Ronald Blair. Big series for the defense.
11:48 Dante Pettis fumbles the punt, but Witherspoon recovers the ball at the 49ers 18.
11:51 Garry Gilliam is playing right tackle and Mike McGlinchey is playing right guard.
11:51 On second-and-8, George Kittle drops a deep pass. He was wide open. He dropped passes last season, too.
11:52 Next play, Garoppolo throws a pick-six. The Vikings blitzed, he threw off his back foot while spinning away from a hit and threw the ball directly to rookie cornerback Mike Hughes. The Vikings lead 17-3. Terrible decision by Garoppolo.
11:58 On the first play of the drive, Garoppolo throws a 56-yard pass to Kyle Juszczcyk, who was wide open. Brilliant play design by Shanahan in the middle of the field.
11:59, In the red zone, Shanahan’s play design fails the 49ers again. On third-and-6 from the 15, Garoppolo throws an incomplete pass to Garcon, and the 49ers kick a field goal. They trail 17-6.
12:08 On second-and-goal from the 11, Jaquiski Tartt gives up a touchdown catch to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Tartt was in man-to-man coverage and never turned his head to find the football. The Vikings lead 24-6.
12:17 On second-and-goal from the 22, Garoppolo scrambles to his left and flicks a touchdown pass to Dante Pettis. Beautiful throw. Fantastic catch. Good job by Pettis adjusting his route and running deep when Garoppolo started scrambling. The 49ers trail 24-13 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
12:24 On third-and-8, Tartt breaks up a pass intended for Diggs, and the Vikings go three-and-out.
12:24 Pettis returns the punt 14 yards to the 49ers 31.
12:28 On the first play of the drive, Shanahan calls a pass to Pettis, who runs a slant. Garoppolo throws a bad pass that gets picked by Xavier Rhodes.
12:30 The Vikings go three-and-out again. The defense is keeping the 49ers in the game, but Garoppolo has played poorly in the second half.
12:41 On third-and-goal from the 4, Garoppolo overthrows Kittle, who was wide open. Robbie Gould makes a field goal, and the 49ers trail 24-16 with 8:09 remaining.
12:47 The Vikings go three-and-out again. After a short punt, the 49ers get the ball at their 45 with 7:09 left. They can tie the game on this drive.
12:50 On third-and-5, the Vikings blitz, and safety Harrison Smith sacks Garoppolo. Bad time for a three-and-out.
12:53 On that sack, Laken Tomlinson was at fault. He should have come off the double team with center Weston Richburg and taken the first dogger through the hole to let Matt Breida take Harrison Smith.
12:53 Brock Coyle is down.
12:55 Coyle is up. He’s walking off the field holding his helmet in his hand.
12:58 On third-and-6, Cousins tries to scramble for the first down, but Elijah Lee, Coyle’s replacement, tackles Cousins one yard short of the sticks. The Vikings are challenging the spot.
1:02 The officials confirm their ruling. It’s fourth-and-1 with 2:54 remaining. The 49ers have one timeout.
1:04. On fourth-and-1, with the game on the line, Solomon Thomas jumps offside. The Vikings weren’t even going for it. They were trying to draw the 49ers offsides, and succeeded. Brutal.
1:08 The Vikings punt three plays later with 1:54 left. Pettis makes a fair catch at the 11 with 1:49 to go and one timeout.
1:10 On second-and-10, Garoppolo throws his third interception of the game, and the 49ers lose.