This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 3 Thursday night game against the Rams. I will update frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
5:06 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- SS Eric Reid
- LB Reuben Foster
- WR Kendrick Bourne
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon
- LB Pita Taumoepenu
- OL Erik Magnuson
- DL Xavier Cooper
5:09 Here are the Rams inactives:
- QB Brandon Allen
- RB Malcolm Brown
- DB Marqui Christian
- OL Andrew Donnal
- OL Cornelius Lucas
- LB Ejuan Price
- CB Kayvon Webster
5:19 Here is the view of the stands from the press box:
5:20 The Rams win the toss and defer. The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
5:27 The first play of the game is a pass to Marquise Goodwin. And it’s intercepted. Unbelievable. Why is Kyle Shanahan calling the first play of the game for Goodwin two weeks in a row?
5:38 Todd Gurley runs up the middle for a touchdown. 7-0 Rams.
5:39 Hoyer comes back and leads an 81-yard touchdown drive. The Niners converted three third downs on that drive. On third-and-4 from the Rams 40, Hoyer completed a 12-yard pass to Matt Breida. On third-and-1 from the Rams 19, Hyde ran for four yards. And on third-and-4 from the Rams nine, Hoyer scrambled around the right end and ran for the touchdown. That’s the 49ers first touchdown of the season. Tie game.
5:42 Hyde left the game for a few plays during that drive. He seems to have an abdominal injury. Something to watch.
5:44 Hyde has a hip injury. His return is questionable.
5:45 The 49ers force a three-and-out with a sack on third down, but Dontae Johnson committed a holding penalty downfield. Automatic first down. Brutal.
5:49 On third-and-2 from the 49ers 7, Ray Ray Armstrong runs into a rub route and gives up a touchdown catch to Todd Gurley. Armstrong and Johnson killed the 49ers defense on that drive.
5:52 Breida is on the field for the first play. Hyde is on the sideline with his helmet on.
5:55 Raheem Mostert fumbles at the Rams 39 yard line. Rams recover at their 32. Yikes.
6:04 The Rams will attempt a 48-yard field goal when the second quarter starts.
6:07 The field goal is good. Rams lead 17-7.
6:15 On third-and-3, no one is open, so Hoyer checks down to Garcon and the pass gets broken up.
6:16 Tavon Austin fumbles the punt and Kyle Nelson recovers for the 49ers and the Rams 12.
6:19 On first-and-10, Joe Staley commits a false start. Two plays later, Kyle Juszczyk commits a hold. On second-and-18, Shanahan calls one of my plays from last week — Y Stick Nod — and George Kittle drops the pass. Robbie Gould makes a 36-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 17-10. The Niners “drove” six yards backwards during that possession. What a waste of an opportunity.
6:25 Rams go three and out. Goff completed one-of-three passes for negative two yards during that series.
6:34 On third-and-17 from midfield, Garcon runs a deep comeback routes, makes a contested catches, breaks a tackle and picks up the first down. That’s why you throw to him.
6:35 On third-and-4 from the 26, The Rams double Garcon and Trent Taylor, and Hoyer doesn’t know whom to throw to. So, he takes a sack. Gould makes a 48-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 17-13.
6:37 Shanahan called a shot play to Kyle Juszczyk on the first play of that drive, and he caught a 34-yard pass down the middle of the field.
6:38 Shanahan passed up two free downs to take shots — first-and-5 and second-and-3. He ran both times and picked up just one yard. Unrealistic to think the 49ers can smash their way into the end zone from 27 yards out. Have to throw the ball into the end zone from that distance.
6:49 Goff completes four-of-four passes for 60 yards during a 75-yard touchdown drive. Gurley finishes it with a 2-yard touchdown run. The Rams made that look easy. Solomon Thomas has been completely invisible. Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth owns him. Rams lead 24-13 with 49 seconds left in the first half, and they’ll get the ball to start the second half.
6:51 The kickoff flies out of bounds. They have the ball at their 40 with 49 seconds and three timeouts. They have to try to score here.
6:53 On third-and-3 from the 49ers 47, Shanahan calls a five-man protection and Trent Brown gives up a sack to Connor Barwin. Don’t need to send five receivers into the pattern on third-and-3. That’s the last play of the first half.
6:54 The worst sequence of the first half came after Tavon Austin’s fumble. The 49ers followed that up with a false start by Joe Staley, a hold by Kyle Juszczyk and a drop by George Kittle. That’s what losers do. The Niners got a field goal instead of a touchdown.
7:08 First-half TPS report: 49ers, 10. Rams, 4.
7:17 Sammy Watkins makes a Willie-Mays-eqsue over-the-shoulder deep catch. Takes notes, Marquise Goodwin. A few plays later, the Rams kick a short field goal. They lead 27-13.
7:29 Carlos Hyde burts into the end zone from one yard out. 49ers trail 27-20. That was a 75-yard, 10-play drive, and Hyde got the ball on six of those plays. Hoyer made a beautiful 19-yard throw to Garcon while taking an illegal hit from Aaron Donald on the first play of the drive. Hoyer has played well since his interception on the first play of the game. That interception was horrendous, though. Hoyer never should have thrown that pass.
7:48 Goff throws a one-yard touchdown pass to Watkins. Rams lead 34-20 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter. The Niners committed three penalties on that drive. Jaquiski Tartt left the game with a head injury.
7:51 Juszczyk is out with a neck injury. Tartt is questionable with a head injury.
7:52 First play of the drive, Hoyer throws a 50-yard pass into double coverage, and Goodwin leaps to make the catch. Goodwin actually attacked the ball at its highest point. Good for him. First-and-10 from the Rams 25 when the fourth quarter begins.
7:52 Tartt and Brock Coyle are out. Both have concussions.
7:59 Hoyer throws a one-yard play-action touchdown pass to Garrett Celek on first-and-goal. But Gould misses the extra point wide left. Niners trail 34-26.
8:00 Hoyer has had a really good game. If he hadn’t made that really bad throw on the first play of the game, the Niners would be down by just one point. Still, the Niners can win if their defense stops the Rams.
8:11 Jared Goff throws to a wide open Watkins on third-and-4 from the 49ers 13, and Watkins runs through three defenders on his way to the end zone. 41-26 Rams.
8:12 NaVorro Bowman missed his third tackle of the game during the drive. This missed tackle led to a 27-yard gain on third-and-10. He is washed up.
8:14 Tank Carradine is a questionable with an ankle injury.
8:18 The 49ers drop two passes on this series. They punt from their 35. Austin makes the fair catch at the Rams 14.
8:23 Lorenzo Jerome blitzes up the middle on third-and-9 and forces Goff to throw an errant pass. Rams go three-and-out. Niners ball at their 36 with 6:35 left.
8:26 Hoyer throws a 59-yard bomb down the left sideline to Garcon. Beautiful throw, beautiful catch. Three plays later, Hoyer throws a three-yard touchdown pass to Trent Taylor. 49ers trail 41-33 with 5:08 left. Hoyer’s passer rating is 106.
8:27 Pharoah Cooper fumbles the kick return at the Rams 29 and the 49ers recover. Un-freaking-beliavable. Victor Bolden Jr. made the strip. Aldrick Robinson recovered the ball.
8:37 The Niners face fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 2:17 left.
8:38 Hyde runs up the middle for a touchdown. Now the Niners have to go for two.
8:40 Hoyer’s pass is intercepted by Michael Brockers. The pass was intended for Trent Taylor, who ran a whip route to the inside. The corner jumped the route and batted the ball to Brockers.
8:41 Of course, the 49ers recover the onside kick. Raheem Mostert came down with the ball. Niners start from midfield with 2:10 left and one timeout.
8:46 On third-and-10, Hoyer throws a 12-yard completion to Taylor, but Taylor is flagged for offensive pass interference. On fourth-and-20, Aaron Donald sacks Hoyer. And that’s the game. Stay tuned for my postgame Periscope report and team grades.
8:49 How awful was Fusco on that last play? He let Donald go right by him.