SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 5 game against the winless Arizona Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
12:51 Here is my pregame Periscope report:
49ers pregame report. https://t.co/fupHiT6i21
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) October 7, 2018
12:52 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- WR Marquise Goodwin
- WR Dante Pettis
- CB Jimmie Ward
- OG Joshua Garnett
- DT Jullian Taylor
- OT Shon Coleman
- DL D.J. Jones
12:53 The following injured 49ers are active and starting:
- CB Richard Sherman
- SS Jaquiski Tartt
- FS Adrian Colber
- LT Joe Staley
- C Weston Richburg
- RT Mike McGlinchey
- RB Matt Breida
12:54 Here are the Cardinals inactives:
- DE Markus Golden
- DT Robert Nkemdiche
- QB Sam Bradford
- RB T.J. Logan
- OL Jeremy Vujnovich
- OL Korey Cunningham
- OL Blaine Clausell
1:23 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
1:33 On second-and-goal from the five, C.J. Beathard completes a shovel pass to Matt Breida, who scores easily. The 49ers lead 6-0 after Robbie Gould misses the extra point. He never even kicked the ball.
1:34 The 49ers opening drive was brilliant. Kyle Shanahan called three screens — one to Pierre Garcon, and two to Kyle Juszczyk. Combined, those three screens gained 50 yards.
1:35 In addition to the five-yard touchdown catch, Breida had a 17-yard run during that drive.
1:38 Josh Rosen throws a 75-yard touchdown pass to Christian Kirk on first-and-10, and the Cardinals go one-and-out. Ahkello Witherspoon got burned in man-to-man coverage, and Adrian Colbert ran the wrong direction in centerfield. The Cardinals lead 7-6.
1:44 On second-and-11, Shanahan calls a play action pass, Beathard throws an accurate ball over the middle but Pierre Garcon tips it to free safety Tre Boston, which intercepts the pass and returns to the 49ers 43. That’s two major mistakes in the first quarter — one by Garcon and one by Adrian Colbert.
1:49 The Cardinals go three-and-out. Mike McCoy called a screen pass on third-and-7 and Christian Kirk dropped it. The Cardinals punt and down the ball at the 49ers five-yard line.
1:55 The 49ers hand the ball to Breida on the first two plays of the drive, and he gains 17 yards and four yards, respectively. Then, the 49ers take him out of the game and go backward. Beathard throws low and incomplete to Garcon, who falls and hurts his left shoulder. Then on third-and-6, Beathard takes a five-step drop from the shotgun, holds the ball instead of throwing it away and gets sacked for a 15-yard loss.
2:05 On first-and-15, Breida runs around the right end, cuts back, gets tackled and appears to injure his left leg. The injury looks serious. He’s still down.
2:07 Now, Breida is limping off the field.
2:08 Garcon is questionable to return with a left-shoulder injury.
2:13 On first-and-10 from the Cardinals 40, Raheem Mostert carries the ball for the first time and fumbles. Patrick Peterson recovers and returns the ball to the 49ers 18.
2:24 On third-and-9, Shanahan uses just a five-man protection, Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea blitzes and crushes Beathard as he releases an incomplete pass. That play failed because Shanahan used a five-man protection on third-and-long. Have to use a six-man protection in that situation.
2:29 The Cardinals go three-and-out after committing an illegal-pick penalty during a long catch and run by Christian Kirk.
2:38 On second-and-10 from the Cardinals 49, the 49ers commit an illegal-shift penalty, then punt three plays later. The 49ers already have committed five penalties.
2:42 Cardinals backup running back Chase Edmonds drops a first-down catch on third-and-3, and the Cardinals punt. Trent Taylor makes a fair catch at the 49ers 36.
2:52 On third-and-8, Shanahan calls a screen pass to Garcon, who gains just one yard. Bad call by Shanahan. That was a play you call on first-and-10, not third-and-8. Have to throw near or past the sticks.
3:o3 The Cardinals both their final drive of the second quarter, and the first half ends. They will receive the ball to start the second half.
3:16 On third-and-1, the Cardinals try to run at Buckner, and lose two yards. Such a dumb play call. Why not run at Cassius Marsh? McCoy is trying to win this game with 14 points.
3:23 On first-and-10 from the Cardinals 39, Chandler Jones beats Joe Staley around the edge, strips Beathard and the Cardinals recover.
3:25. Breida is out with a left-ankle injury. Cardinals guard Mike Iupati is questionable with a shoulder injury.
3:31 The Cardinals punt from the 49ers 39-yard line. Didn’t attempt a 57-yard field goal. The Cardinals think they can win this game with 14 points, and might be right.
3:46 Robbie Gould misses a 45-yard field goal attempt. He had made 33 field goals in a row before that miss.
3:53 On third-and-7 from the 49ers 44, McCoy calls a screen pass for Kirk, who gains two yards. McCoy didn’t even try to pick up the third down. He think the Cardinals can win with 14 points. He might be right.
3:54 The 49ers will start from their 17.
4:06 On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Beathard throws a touchdown pass to Trent Taylor. The 49ers go for two, and Beathard throws a quick screen to Garcon, but Chandler Jones knocks down the pass at the line of scrimmage. The 49ers trail 14-12 with 6:51 left.
4:08 The key play on that drive was a screen pass to Kittle, who ran for 45 yards. Screen passes have been available all game for the 49ers.
4:13 The Cardinals just took 48 seconds to go three-and-out. They’re handing this game to the 49ers. Will the 49ers take it from them?
4:15 On second-and-11, Haason Reddick blitzes and strips Beathard. Josh Bynes recovers the fumble and returns it for a touchdown. That was Beathard’s 46th drop back of the game. Bad things happen the more he drops back to pass.
4:23 On fourth-and-19, Beathard throws behind his intended receiver and gets picked. Beathard’s fourth turnover of the game. Why does Shanahan keep putting the ball in his hands. Who does Shanahan think Beathard is?
4:27 On first-and-goal from the 6, David Johnson powers into the end zone, and the Cardinals lead 28-12, despite gaining just 61 yards of total offense in the second half. Unreal.
4:38 On first-and-goal from the 1, Beathard sneaks into the end zone for a touchdown. The 49ers go for two. Beathard throws to Kittle, who drops the pass. The 49ers trail 28-18 with 1:29 left.
4:43 The 49ers lose. Stay tuned for my postgame report and my grades.