SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
11:58 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- OT Joe Staley
- OT Sam Young
- DT Jullian Taylor
- DB Jimmie Ward
- RB Tevin Coleman
- WR Jalen Hurd
- QB C.J. Beathard
12:03 Here are the Steelers inactives:
- WR Donte Moncrief
- FB Roosevelt Nix
- LB Anthony Chickillo
- OL Fred Johnson
- OL Chukwuma Okorafor
- DE Isaiah Buggs
- LB Vince Williams
12:16 James Washington will start in place of Donte Moncrief, and Devin Bush will start in place of Vince Williams.
1:23 The Steelers win the toss and defer. The 49ers will get the ball first.
1:27 On first and 10 from the 49ers 42, Jimmy Garoppolo throws a screen pass to Matt Breida who bobbles the ball and tips it to T.J. Watt for the interception. Horrible start for the 49ers.
1:30 Chris Boswell makes a 46-yard field goal, and the Steelers lead 3-0. Good series by the 49ers defense. They held the Steelers to just five yards on four plays.
1:39 On first and 10 from the 49ers 49-yard line, Raheem Mostert fumbles a toss and recovers it for an 18-yard loss. The 49ers punt three plays later. Extremely sloppy start for the offense. Earlier in the drive, Mike McGlinchey fell face-first and gave up a sack to Stephon Tuitt.
1:44 On third and five, Ronald Blair drops into zone coverage and breaks up a pass intended for Diontae Johnson, who ran a quick slant route. The Steelers go three and out. The 49ers get the ball at their 28.
1:49 On second and 11, Jimmy Garoppolo throws to Dante Pettis and gets intercepted. Saw that so many times in training camp. Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off the throw.
1:53 On third and six from the 49ers’ nine-yard line, Mason Rudolph scrambles for one yard. The Steelers make a 26-yard field goal and lead 6-0. The Steelers are being extremely conservative on offense and letting the 49ers beat themselves.
2:02 On second and 7 from the 49ers 25, Raheem Mostert runs for 16 yards and fumbles. Minkah Fitzpatrick stripped the ball and recovered it. Oh my.
2:06 The Steelers go four-and-out. As ugly as the offense has played, the Niners are down less than a touchdown. Could be 14-0, but it’s only 6-0. The defense has been phenomenal.
2:13 On second and goal from the seven, Garoppolo fumbles the snap from center Weston Richburg and Steelers inside linebacker Devin Bush recovers. You’ve got to be freaking kidding.
2:15 Vance McDonald has a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.
2:18 The Steelers go three and out. They’re letting the 49ers hang around.
2:19 The 49ers start their drive from the Steelers’ 49.
2:28 Robbie Gould makes a 24-yard field goal, and the 49ers trail 6-3.
2:39 On third and four from the 49ers’ 36, Dee Ford sacks Rudolph for a five-yard loss. Huge play, because it knocked the Steelers out of field goal range. The 49ers get the ball at their 20-yard line with 50 seconds left and no timeouts.
2:55 I don’t see anything in the Steelers game plan or play calling that will generate an offensive TD. Don’t be shocked if the Niners come back and win.
2:59 On second and 15 from the Steelers 32, Rudolph throws an interception to K’Waun Williams. The 49ers take over from the Steelers’ 38.
3:04 On third and goal from the one, Jeff Wilson Jr. powers into the end zone for the touchdown. The 49ers lead 10-6.
3:10 The Steelers go three and out. They can’t move the ball on offense. Let’s see if the Steelers’ defense loses heart during this drive.
3:19 Kendrick Bourne drops a pass on third-and-five, and the 49ers go three and out. On first down, Garoppolo threw a deep pass directly to Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, and Deebo Samuel almost caught the ball anyway. Garoppolo was extremely lucky Samuel got there and Haden didn’t time his jump properly.
3:23 On third and four from the Steelers 24, Ahkello Witherspoon gives up a short catch to Juju Smith-Schuster, dives at his ankles, misses the tackle and gives up a 76-yard touchdown. Free safety Tarvarius Moore took a bad angle toward Smith-Schuster during the play. The 49ers just let the Steelers back in the game. They lead 13-10.
3:31 Jeff Wilson scores a four-yard touchdown run on first and goal, and the 49ers lead 17-13 with 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
3:41 The Steelers punt on fourth and inches from their 34. The 49ers take over from their 25.
3:46 Justin Skule commits back-to-back penalties — holding and an illegal blindside block — and the 49ers go three and out.
3:48 Ahkello Witherspoon has a foot injury and is questionable to return.
3:56 The Steelers challenged Jason Verrett on his second snap of the game. Result: 32-yard pass interference penalty. They challenge Verrett again the very next play. Result: 39-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Diontae Johnson. The Steelers lead 20-17.
4:01 On third and goal from the seven, Shanahan calls a jet sweep, and Garoppolo and Richie James fumble the exchange. The Steelers recover. Great example of Shanahan getting too cute when his base offense has worked well most of the game.
4:04 Arik Armstead strips the ball from James Conner and the 49ers recover at the Steelers’ 24. Huge.