The 49ers (3-4) have lost three straight games an will look to rebound this week against the Titans (1-6). Here’s the injury report for both teams and I’ll post the inactives around 90 minutes before the game.
49ers Inactives: QB Nate Davis (3rd QB), CB Keith Smith, CB Nate Clements, S Reggie Smith, LB Diyral Briggs, C Cody Wallace, T Joe Staley, DE Demetric Evans
Titans Inactives: CB Nick Harper, RB Javon Ringer, LB David Thornton, T Mike Otto, T David Stewart, DE Jevon Kearse, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, DE Dave Ball
The Titans picked up their first 1st down on a Vince Young pass to Justin Gage along the left sideline. On 2nd an 1, aubrayo Franklin broke into the backfield and stopped Johnson for a loss . On 3rd and 6, Young’s pass went off Johnson’s hands over the middle and was nearly picked off by Patrick Willis. Brandon Jones fielded the punt and the 49ers will start their first drive from their own 11-yard line.
*** S Curtis Taylor has a right shin contusion and his return is questionable.
Alex smith threw short right to Vernon Davis on first down who was ridden out of bounds quickly for no gain. On 2nd and 10, Smith hit Gore on a well set screen pass. Gore got out to around midfield behind a good downfield block by Rachal. The Titans were called for a personal foul (Finnegan) which will give the 49ers a first down at the TEN 39. Smith then tried to hit Walker on a short out route, but the coverage was solid and Smith’s pass sailed high. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Walker on a quick slant pass. Walker beat the coverage inside and the 49ers will pick up 13 and get another 1st down. On 1st and 10, Smith tried to hit Davis down around the goal line on a skinny post. The pass was too long but out of the reach of the Titans defenders. On 2nd down, the 49ers went with their first run of the game as Gore carried up the middle for a gain of 6. 3rd and 4, Smith scrambled left as the pocket collapsed. Smith picked up three yards as Finnegan closed quickly for the tackle and on 4th and 1, Nedney will come on for the field goal. The 49ers seemed to hesitate getting their field goal unit on the field and a delay of game will back them up 5 yards, making it a 40-yard attempt. The field goal is good and the 49ers grab the early lead.
49ers 3 – Titans 0
Nedney’s kickoff went into the end zone an was downed for a touchback. On 1st and 10, Young hit Washington for a gain down to the SF 38. Brown was called for illegal contact but it was declined. the Titans went with an option on 2nd. Young pitched to Johnson for a gain of 5. Young play actioned and hit Gage for a gain of 49 down to the SF 8. Franklin stuffed the Titans first down run, breaking into the backfield an wrapping up Johnson. They Titans lost a yard on the play. On 2nd, Young hit an open Chris Johnson down the left side. Willis closed quick to save what could’ve been a touchdown. On 3rd and goal, Johnson took the toss wide right and tried to pass. Lewis had good coverage on the play and the pass was long. Bironas hit the short field goal to tie it up at 3.
49ers 3 – Titans 3
Gore took the toss left on 1st down and was wide open, picking up enough for a 1st down. The pocket collapsed around Smith on first down as Jovan Haye came in for the sack and a loss of 7. On 3rd and 17, Smith hit Crabtree on a quick screen right. Crabtree could only pick up a couple and the 49ers will have to punt. A great punt by Andy Lee that bounced at the 5 and was downed at the 4. It was a net 57 yard punt and the 49ers will pin the Titans deep in their own end.
On 1st and 10, Johnson cut back inside picking up 4 yards. On 2nd down, Haralson flew off the left edge and into the backfield, bring down Johnson for a loss of 3. 3rd and 9, Young rolled out of the pocket and threw incomplete down the left sideline. Brett Kern’s punt was fielded by Jones as it went out of bounds at the SF 49.
Gore plunged ahead for a gain of 2 on 1st down. Nice coverage by the Titans on 2nd down and Smith rolled out of the pocket and threw it away. 3rd and 8, Smith threw for Crabtree, but the ball was deflected in the air and intercepted by Rod Hood who returned the ball to the SF24 and was tackled by Snyder.
Sopoaga filled the running lane on 1st down and stopped Johnson for no gain. Young hit Scaife to the right side as Brown and Lewis closed for the tackle after a gain of 5. That play will bring an end to the first quarter.
3rd and 5 from the 19, Young hit Gage who found a whole in the middle of the field just beyond the first down marker. 1st and 10 at the SF12, Young hit Gage down the right side for a gain of 3. LenDale White got the carry on 2nd down who plunged up the middle for a gain of 2. on 3rd down, no one accounted for Young who took the draw up the left side for the score.
Titans 10 – 49ers 3
Robinson took the kickoff and returned it out to the 30. 1st and 10, Hill hit Isaac Bruce quick right for a gain of 3 yards. 2nd an 7, Gore took the carry up the middle and cut right for a gain of 6. 3rd and 1, Smith looked to throw and scrambled for a gain of 8. 1st and 10 from the 47, Smith threw a dart over the shoulder of Davis who turned and made a nice grab down to the TEN 14. It was a gain of 40 on the play. The Titans were called for offsides on 1st down. 1st and 5, Gore took the handoff up the middle. There wasn’t much of a hole, but Gore was able to break a couple tackles, getting out near the first down. The officials came on to measure and the 49ers will get the 1st down. 1st and goal at the 3, Gore took the handoff and bounced out left for the score.
49ers 10 – Titans 10
Pearman took the kick back to the 26 where the Titans will start their drive. Young took a shot for Gage down the left sideline against the coverage of Spencer. the pass was too long and incomplete. 2nd and 10, Whit took the handoff and cut left, but Balmer and Smith combined to bring him down for a gain of just 1. 3rd and 9, Young avoided a blitzing Shawntae Spencer but couldn’t avoid Manny Lawson who got the sack. Jones took the punt and the 49ers will get the ball at the 45.
1st and 10, Smith hit Gore out of the backfield for a gain of 8 yards down the right side. 2nd and 2, Smith was wrestled down by his jersey and the ball popped loose. The 49ers recovered, but for a loss of 21. Coffee took the handoff on the draw and picked up 4. Lee will come on to punt. Another great punt by Lee was fielded at the 4 and Wilhelm made the tackle at the 14. A 60 yard punt and a 10 yard return for a net of 50 on the punt.
Johnson broke a huge run down the right sideline, but couldn’t outrun Willis after a gain of 26. Young hit Johnson, but Willis was right there and drove him back after a gain of 3. Johnson got the carry on second down and drove the pike up the middle for a gain of 4. 3rd and 3, Young threw for Gage who was blanketed by Tarell Brown and the pass fell incomplete. The punt bounced short of Jones and rolled to the SF 13. Tennessee was called for an man downfield and the penalty will be tacked on.
1st and 10 at the SF 18, Gore took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and picked up 9. 2nd and 1, Tony Brown jumped through the line early and the 49ers will get the first down the easy way. 1st and 10 from the 32, Smith hit Crabtree on a short slant. Crabtree made a great catch between two defenders. The clock will stop for the two-minute warning. 2nd and 1, Gore took the handoff and spun to avoid a tackler, picking up 4. Smith then hit Crabtree on a deep in for a nice gain out to the TEN 39. Smith was hit as he threw, but still hit Davis for a gain of 4. The 49ers took their first of three timeouts with 1:03 left in the half. 2nd and 6, Smith threw for Bruce who fell as he made hit cut. 3rd and 6, Smith hit Davis who cut back and made the catch for a gain of 13. 1st and 10 at the 20, Smith hit gore underneath and hurried to the line. Smith did not spike the ball, but avoided pressure and rolled right. Jason Hill broke loose and was wide open in the right side of the end zone. Smith didn’t miss him and Hill made the catch to put the 49ers up by 7. It was a 9 play, 82 yard drive. It was also Hill’s first catch of the year.
49ers 17 – Titans 10
Pearman took the kickoff out to the 25. One carry by Johnson and that will end the half.
Robinson took the return out to the 24. 1st and 10, Gore took the handoff on the draw, but was brought down quickly for a gain of just 2. 2nd and 8, Gore took another handoff out of the shotgun formation and rushed ahead for a pickup of 4 yards. 3rd and 4, Smith hit Hill who was crossing from right to left. Hill made the catch and reached the ball past the marker for the first down. On 1st, Davis was flagged for a false start and the 49ers will back up 5 yards. 1st and 15, Smith hit Gore over the middle for a gain of 7. 2nd and 8, Smith threw for Morgan, but it was low and incomplete and he was under pressure. 3rd and 8, Smith rolled right, but couldn’t find an open receiver and threw it away. Pearman called for the fair catch after a 53 punt by Lee. It will be Titans ball at their own 10.
1st and 10, Haralson got into the backfield and tripped up Johnson for again of 1. 2nd and 9, Young went with the option and pitched it to Johnson who ran up the right sideline and was forced out by Lawson after a gain of 5. 3rd and 4, Young threw for Gage, but he hadn’t yet turned around and the ball was at his feet. Nice work by the 49ers defense to get the ball back after a 3 and out. Jones caught the punt at the 27 and had nowhere to go.
*** G David Baas has a stinger and his return to the game is questionable.
1st and 10 at the SF 27, Smith hit Davis on a quick out left and Davis got around the corner for a gain of 13. On 1st down, Hope got into the backfield quickly and sacked Smith. 2nd and 17, Smith’s arm was hit as he threw and the ball fell incomplete. The Titans threw the red flag to challenge the ruling that the pass was incomplete and not a fumble. The officials overturned the call and the Titans will get the ball at the SF 36.
1st and 10, Johnson got the carry and got around the right side for a gain of 8. Brown looks to be shaken up on the play. 2nd and 2, Johnson rushed ahead for the first down. 1st and 10 from the 21, Young looked for Washington in the end zone. Washington tripped and the ball was incomplete. On 2nd down, Sopoaga wrestled Johnson down after a gain of 1. 3rd and 9, Young hit Johnson on the screen. Johnson got down to the 3 for the first down. On 1st and goal from the 3, Johnson took the toss left and nearly got in. On 2nd and goal from the 1, Johnson plunged ahead and tied up the game at 17.
49ers 17 – Titans 17
*** Brown has a rib contusion and his return is probable.
Robinson fielded the kick and took it out to the 27. Smith threw for Morgan on 1st down. The ball went off his hands incomplete. Gore ran left on second down and had nowhere to go. The Titans were offsides however so the 49ers will move forward 5 and repeat 2nd down. The 49ers will give those yards right back after being flagged for a false start. On 2nd and 10, Smith hit Gore out of the backfield. It looked like he was surprised by the ball as he saw it late, but he was still able to make the catch and pick up 9. 3rd and 1, the refs blew the play dead and called offsides on the Titans. 1st and 10 from the SF 41, Morgan took the handoff on the end around. The blocks were set up well and Morgan ran for a nice gain up the right side and a first down. It was a gain of 11. 1st and 10, Gore took the handoff on the draw for a gain of just a couple up the middle. 2nd and 8, Smith hit Davis on an out route to the right. Davis turned upfield and picked up 7. 3rd and 1, the Titans had 9 men in the box, but gore still plunged ahead for a short gain that was good enough for the conversion. 1st and 10 from the TEN 47, Gore took the directs step and bounced out right for a gain down to the 24. Davis was called for a false start and it will be 1st and 15 from the 29. Smith hit Coffee on the screen left. Coffee had a nice gain, but it will be called back as Baas was flagged for being down field illegally. That play brings an end to the quarter.
On 1st and 20, gore rushe straight up the middle with a nice hole for a gain of 7. 2nd and 13, Smith hit Davis on a screen. Davis broke one tackle and stayed on his feet for a gain of 7. 3rd and 6, Smith hit Morgan near the first down. It is close, but the refs will measure and it will be just short. On 4th and inches, Smith pitched it to Gore left who made on man miss and picks up 5 yards for the 1st down. Walker was shaken up on the play. 1st and goal from the 10, Robinson got the handoff, but lost a yard on the play. Smith hit Robinson quick left for a gain of 4 down to the 7. Smith looked for Gore on a short slant. He appeared to be held on the play and asked for the flag to no avail. Nedney’s field goal is good and the 49ers retake the lead.
49ers 20 – Titans 17
*** TE Delanie Walker has a knee sprain and his return is questionable.
Pearman takes the kickoff and returns it to the 19 where he was tripped up by McKillop. 1st and 10, Young threw for Washington. Lewis had good position, turned and knocked the ball down. 2nd and 10, Johnson hit the afterbruners and outran everybody for the 81-yard score. Singletary challenged the play, saying that Johnson stepped out of bounds down the left sideline. On the replay, it appears that he stepped out of bounds as Lewis tried to push him out. The officials ruled he was out of bounds at the SF40. 1st and 10 at the 40, Haralson threw Johnson down for a loss of 4 as he tried to bounce out left. Young hit Gage who was upended, but still held onto the ball at the 11. Tennessee called a timeout. 1st and 10 from the 11, Young Scramble and was run out of bounds by Lewis at the 6. Johnson got the carry and spun up the middle near the 1-yard line. They appear to be short of the first down. 3rd and inches from the 1, Young gave it to White and it will be very close. The ball is just short and the Titans will go for it on 4th and inches. Haralson had Johnson for a loss, but he got away and went in for the touchdown.
Titans 24 – 49ers 20
*** Michael Lewis has a quad strain and his return is questionable.
Robinson’s return is out to the 30 where the 49ers will get the ball with some work to do. Smith hit Gore on a swing pass out of the backfield for a gain of 2. Smith looked for Morgan, but it was intercepted by Hope at the 39.
Johnson took the carry for a gain of 2 up the middle on 1st down. 2nd and 2, Willis tracked down Johnson as he ran left for a gain of 4. 3rd and 4, Young hit Scaife for the first down. 1st and 10 from the 18, White rushed up the middle for no gain as Franklin and Sopoaga brought him down. 2nd and 10, Johnson took the carry up the middle, sliding through the defense for a gain of 5. Young rushed, but was stopped by Willis just short of the first down and the Titans will try the field goal.
Titans 27 – 49ers 20
1st and 10 from the 28, Smith looked for Morgan, and the ball went off his hands in the air for an easy interception by Finnegan who returned it for the touchdown.
We’ll run down to the field now for postgame.
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