SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason finale against the Los Angeles Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
6:42 Nick Mullens is in uniform. I wouldn’t play him tonight, but it looks like he’ll play. He shouldn’t be on the field for more than one series. The 49ers can’t afford him to get injured.
6:43 Ross Dwelley is not in uniform, which means he probably will make the team. Good for Dwelley.
7:03 The Chargers will receive the opening kickoff.
7:08 On the first play of the drive, the 49ers give up a 42-yard run to RB Troymaine Pope. Ronald Blair overran the play in the backfield and Antone Exum missed a tackle in the open field.
7:09 The Chargers kick a 42-yard field goal. They lead 3-0.
7:12 D.J. Reed returns the kickoff 56 yards to the Chargers’ 42.
7:12 C.J. Beathard is the QB.
7:14 On fourth and two, Beathard doesn’t see a wide open Deebo Samuel, so he throws to a covered Levine Toilolo, the pass falls incomplete and the 49ers turn the ball over on downs.
7:23 On third and two from Chargers 45, D.J. Reed gives up a 25-yard catch to Artavis Scott. The Chargers kick a field goal a few plays later and take a 6-0 lead.
7:34 On first and 20 from the Chargers 41, Jeff Wilson Jr. runs to his left, stops in the backfield, cuts back to his right and follows a block from Beathard all the way into the end zone. Niners lead 7-6. Brilliant run. Wilson Jr. deserves to make the team.
7:53 On second and nine from the 49ers 46, Damontre Moore beats the left tackle and hits Cardale Jones but doesn’t wrap him up — Moore has a cast on his right hand. Jones spins away and gets sacked by Dre Greenlaw. Good play by Moore and Greenlaw.
7:54 Next play, on third and 14, Greenlaw slips and misses a tackle. Good to see the grass hasn’t changed at Levi’s Stadium.
7:55 The Chargers score a touchdown run from one yard out and lead 13-7.
7:59 Kendrick Bourne drops a pass on first down, and the 49ers go three and out. Say goodbye to Bourne. He most likely just dropped his chance to make the roster.
8:09 On third and goal from the two, Cardale Jones scrambles around the right end and dives into the end zone for the touchdown. The Chargers lead 20-7.
8:23 On third and three from the Chargers 21, Beathard scrambles to his left and throws a touchdown pass to Bourne. The 49ers trail 20-14.
8:30 Jeremiah Valoaga sacks Jones on first and 10, and the Chargers punt three plays later.
8:52 Nick Mullens is in the game, and he takes two hits during his first series. No idea why he’s playing. He should be on the bench. He’s too important to this team.
8:57 On third and four, Damontre Moore draws a holding penalty and forced Easton Stick to throw the ball away. The 49ers decline the penalty and the Chiefs punt.
8:59 Wilton Speight is in the game. No idea why he wanted Mullens to take those hits, but at least he didn’t get hurt.
9:14 On third and goal from the two, Wilton Speight fumbles a handoff to Wilson Jr. The 49ers recover and kick a field goal. They trail 20-17.
9:17 Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles intercepts Easton Stick on first and 10.
9:28 Nasir Adderley intercepts Wilton Speight on fourth and six.
9:32 On third and five, Valoaga sack Stick. The Chargers punt.
9:38 The 49ers go three and out.
9:41 Mark Nzeocha intercepts Stick on first and 10.
9:48 On first and goal from the 1, Austin Walter jumps over the pile and scores. The 49ers lead 24-20.
9:59 On second and eight from the 49ers 11, Derrick Gore scores a touchdown run, and the Chiefs leads 27-24.
10:06 Speight throws another pick and the 49ers lose.