The 49ers (4-6) are set to square off against the Jaguars (6-4) at 1:05 PT. The game can be seen locally on CBS.
It’s another gorgeous day at Candlestick as well. In the four seasons I’ve been with the team, it still has not rained on a game day at home (knock on wood).
The 49ers have a lengthy injury report this week, but only Nate Clements and Joe Staley are listed as out for the game. The list of inactives will be posted on this blog roughly 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
49ers Inactives: QB Nate Davis (3rd QB), CB Nate Clements, RB Michael Robinson, C Cody Wallace, T Joe Staley, WR Arnaz Battle, WR Isaac Bruce, DT Ricky Jean Francois
Jaguars Inactives: WR Nate Hughes, CB Rashean Mathis, DT Derek Landri, T Tra Thomas, G/T Maurice Williams, T Paul McQuistan, DT Greg Peterson
Josh Morgan was back deep for the 49ers and they received the ball first. Morgan let the ball bounce in the end zone for the touchback. 1st and 10 from the 20, Alex Smith hit Frank Gore out of the backfield picking up 7. That’s what the 49ers will have to do – get good gains on early downs. 2nd and 3, Smith’s arm was hit as he threw and it was ruled an incomplete pass as his arm was going forward. 3rd and 3, Smith hit Delanie Walker crossing who had beaten his man, turned upfield and would have gone even further if he hadn’t been tripped up after a gain of 21. 1st and 10 from the SF 48, Gore took the handoff and plunged up the middle for a gain of 4 before being tackled by Derrick Harvey. On 2nd down, Smith hit Gore on a swing pass. gore tiptoed along the sideline and picked up 3. 3rd and 3, Smith bought some time and found Morgan along the sideline for a nice grab. The 11 yard gain gives the 49ers the first down. 1st and 10 from the JAX 34, Gore took the inside handoff but didn’t have much room and picked up just 2. 2nd and 8, Gore got the carry and seemed to hesitate a bit. For a while it looked like it would be a loss, but gore cut back for a gain of 3. 3rd and 5, Smith threw for Jason Hill who slipped as the pass sailed high. Joe Nedney came on and connected from 46 yard out to put the 49ers up early.
49ers 3 – Jaguars 0
Montell Owens took the kickoff out to the 29 where the Jags will begin their drive. 1st and 10, Garrard connected with Tory Holt on a quick slant for a gain of 11. 1st and 10 from the 40, Jones-Drew was stopped by Justin Smith for no gain and there wasn’t any running room. 2nd and 10, Garrard tried to set up the screen, but Smith read it and came back to tackle MJD for no gain. 3rd and 10, Willis came in unblocked and drilled Garrard as he got the pass away to Holt. It’s only a gain of 8 and the Jaguars will bring on the punt team. Brandon Jones fielded the punt and was brought down immediately at the SF 8.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from their own 8, Smith stepped up as the pocket started to collapse and hit Gore for a short gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Gore got the carry and was stopped by Harvey for no gain. 3rd and 7, Smith threw too high for Crabtree along the left sideline and the 49ers go 3 and out. Good coverage by the 49ers as they stretched Brian Witherspoon out wide. A 55 yard punt by Lee and the Jaguars will get the ball at their own 37.
1st and 10 for the Jags, Garrard threw to Ernest Wilford quick right and was wide open. Willis closed after a gain of 9. 2nd and 1, MJD sidestepped Takeo Spikes in the backfield and found a whole to move the chains. 1st and 10 from the 48, Mike Sims-Walker was called for a false start. 1st and 15, Garrard hit Mike Thomas wide left and Goldson closed for the tackle after Thomas picked up 6. 2nd and 8, Garrard threw the ball away and was in the pocket still. Late flag by the officials and the Jags will be called for intentional grounding – 10 yard loss and a loss of down. 3rd and 19 from the JAX 44, the 49ers just rushed 3 and Garrard found Marcedes Lewis for a gain of 12. Podlesh will punt for the Jags and Jones calls for the fair catch at the SF 9.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from their own 9, Smith hit Davis quick left who escaped a face mask tackle for a gain of 9. The personal foul will tack on an additional 15 yards. 1st and 10 from the SF 33, Smith hit Gore on kind of a slip screen. The play was read by the big man, John Henderson for no gain. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Davis on a short comeback fro a gain of 5. 3rd and 5, Smith was right on target for Davis who couldn’t haul in the pass for a would-be first down. Lee hit a great punt, but the Jags set up a nice return down the right sideline out to the SF 47. Curtis Taylor was shaken up on the play.
*** S Curtis Taylor was carted off the field. He has a hip strain and his return is doubtful.
1st and 10 for the Jags from the SF 47, Lawson dragged down Garrard who pushed the ball to MJD before he hit the ground for a gain of 17. That ends the quarter.
1st and 10, Garrard threw deep for Sims-Walker but the 49ers had good coverage and the pass sailed long. 2nd and 10 from the 30, MJD tried to find some room on the left sideline, but Lawson made a nice play to hold him to 1 yard. 2nd and 9, Garrard hit Jones-Drew out of the backfield. Michael Lewis made a great play to wrestle him down aggressively before he could get to the sticks. Josh Scobee pushed the field goal attempt wide left and the 49ers will stay on top.
1st and 10 for the 49ers after the missed field goal from the SF 30, Smith hit Crabtree on the wide receiver screen. Crabtree made some good moves to break two tackles for a gain of 8. 2nd and 2, Delanie Walker took the end around handoff and got a great block by Morgan along the left side. A gain of 11 and the 49ers are near midfield. 1st and 10, Gore took the carry straight up the middle but didn’t have much room and will only pick up 1 yards. 2nd and 9, Smith hit Davis just past the sticks. The Jags were flagged for illegal contact but will deny it as the play resulted in a first down. 1st and 10 from the 36, Smith hit Davis on their patented seem route, but Davis couldn’t hand on as the safety jarred it loose. 2nd and 10, Smith threw for Gore as the ball bounced off his hands and was nearly picked off. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Crabtree on a post. A nice catch and some yards after the catch will give the 49ers a first down at the 9. 1st and goal, Smith hit Morgan on a short comeback down to the 3. 2nd and goal, Smith tried to hit Gore or Davis after the play action, but both were covered well by the Jags so he threw it away. 3rd and goal from the 3, play action by Smith and Vernon Davis couldn’t have been more open as Smith rolled left. Smith could’ve ran it in too. Heck, I could have ran it in. The well executed play put the 49ers up 10-0.
49ers 10 – Jaguars 0
Witherspoon fielded the kickoff and appeared to have a decent hole, but Scott McKillop close the hole and made the tackle just past the 10. Right now, the 49ers have yet to be flagged for a penalty which has been emphasized I’m sure as they’ve talked about not beating themselves. 1st and 10 from the JAX 22, Spikes tackled MJD on a 4-yard carry up the middle. 2nd and 6, Willis drilled Garrard who just floated the pass. The ball should have been intercepted by Lawson, but he wasn’t able to haul it in. On 3rd down, Garrard looked for Sims-Walker and the pass wasn’t close. Jones took the punt and returned to the 34.
*** S Curtis Taylor has now been ruled out for the remainder of the game.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from their own 34, Smith’s pass was intended for Crabtree on a comeback, but it was batted down at the line. 2nd and 10, Smith looked for Davis wide left, but he couldn’t make the catch. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Morgan wide left. The Hokie made one man miss, but couldn’t get to the chains. Lee will come in to punt. Brown downed the punt at the 15, but was called for illegal touching and will take the 5-yard penalty.
1st and 10 from the 20, MJD found a good hole inside and rushed ahead for a 6-yard gain. 2nd and 4, MJD had a small window to the right, but center Brad Meester was called for holding. 2nd and 14, Garrard hit his tight end over the middle for a moderate gain of 6 yards. 3rd and 8, Garrard hit Sims-Walker, but it looks like he was called for a push-off. That’ll be a 10-yard penalty and the down will be replayed. 3rd and 18 from the 12, Garrard hit Jenning on the screen, but Haralson and Willis stopped him after a gain of 12. Podlesh will punt. Jones has hid best return so far, getting around the edge and out to the SF 41.
1st and 10, Smith hit Morgan crossing. Morgan gave the DB a nice stiff arm, but only gained 3. 2nd and 7, Smith escaped the pocket and then had a lot of running room. The refs threw the flag as Ingrim hit Smith, but they waved it off. 1st and 10 from the JAX 46, Gore got the carry, but couldn’t find a lane for no gain. 2nd and 10, Smith threw for Morgan, but a great play by Brackenridge as he flew in to break up the pass. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Morgan wide left and the 49ers won’t get a very good spot by the official after a 9-yard gain. The clock will stop at the two-minute warning and the offense will stay on the field. 4th and 1, Smith faked the handoff and hit Davis on man coverage down to the 7. The 30-yard gain looks like a great aggressive call. The 49ers will take their first timeout with 1:10 left in the half. 1st and goal from the 7, Smith threw for Morgan on the slant, but #84 couldn’t make the grab. 2nd and goal, Smith handed to Gore from the shotgun. Gore got down just inside the 5. The Jags will take their first timeout to stop the clock with 1:00 left. 3rd and goal from the 4, Smith rolled right and thought about running it in. The Jags all looked at Smith who backed up and then found Gore all alone with his feet just inside the line – great awareness by Gore to keep his feet in. The refs will review the play, but I looked up and saw the replay on the TVs and I would think this one would stand…but I don’t make the calls. The refs agree though and the touchdown is good.
49ers 17 – Jaguars 0
The Jags return the kickoff out to the 28. 1st and 10 from the 28 with :46 remaining, Garrard faked the handoff and hit Sims-Walker for a 16-yard gain. 1st and 10, Garrard hit Sims-Walker again just past midfield and the Jags take their second timeout. Garrard then hit Sims-Walker again down to the 30 and out of bounds. With :11 left, Garrard hit Holt down to the 14. Garrard just shredded the defense on this drive after the unit had played so well early on. Singletary will try to ice the kicker by calling timeout. Scobee will come on and get the Jags on the board after the 32-yard field goal as time expires.
49ers 17 – Jaguars 3
*** Alex Smith’s QB rating in the first half was 101.1
Witherspoon returned to the 24. Garrard took a shot deep for Wilford who came back on it against Goldson as the Jags quickly get inside 49ers territory. 1st and 10 from the 46, Garrard swung it wide to Thomas for a gain of 12. 1st and 10, Garrard hit Thomas again who avoided a tackle and got down to the SF 16. 1st and 10, Garrard looked for Jones-Drew on the screen but Franklin held his ground and MJD lost 2 yards. 2nd and 12, Lawson came around the left side and this time got Garrard down and stripped the ball in the process. Justin Smith fell on it – 49ers ball!
1st and 10 for the 49ers from their own 27, Smith found Walker on an out route. Walker avoided one tackler and nearly broke it before losing his balance 22 yards later. 1st and 10 from the SF 49, Smith hit Walker again over the middle. Walker turned up field right away for a gain of 9. 2nd and 1, Gore took the toss right, but there wasn’t much room. Gore though got just enough to move the sticks. 1st and 10 from the JAX 41, Gore took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and plunges straight ahead for a gain of 4. 2nd and 6, Smith threw for Crabtree who had a rare drop on a high pass that probably should have been hauled in. 3rd and 6, Crabtree made good after the drop catching the pass on the crossing route and cutting back against the defender for a couple more yards, 20 yards in all. 1st and 10 from the 17, Smith hit Walker who was tackled immediately for no gain – good coverage by the Jags. 2nd and 10, Smith floated it for Crabtree. Good coverage though, but Crabtree could’ve made the catch in the end zone. It was a perfect throw by Smith. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Morgan out left for a gain of 8. The 49ers are short of the sticks so Nedney will come on a connect on the 27-yard field goal.
49ers 20 – Jaguars 3
Witherspoon took the kickoff after bobbling it, but was hauled down after a nice tackle by Keith Smith at the 10. 1st and 10 from the 10, Jones-Drew hit the middle of the line and looked like he would be stopped for no gain. However, the short back kept his legs moving for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Garrard hit Lewis on a slant. Lewis cut back outside but was chased down by Willis. 1st and 10 from the 35, Garrard looked for Holt who was blanketed by Spencer so the throw was a bit high and incomplete. 2nd and 10, Goldson initially hit Garrard , but couldn’t make the tackle. Willis and Evans shared the sack. 3rd and 12, Garrard stepped up and hit Holt on another deep slant. 1st and 10 after the 15-yard gain, MJD took the handoff and bounced out left before being tackle by Lewis on the 9-yard gain. 2nd and 1, Jones-Drew plunged ahead for a gain of 6. 1st and 10 from the SF 37, Garrard bought some time getting out of the pocket and taking off before being chased down by Isaac Sopoaga after a gain of 5. 2nd and 5, Garrard threw for Lewis, but Spikes was in front and nearly intercepted it. Spikes celebrated by kicking the ball – hilarious. 3rd and 5, Garrard hit Miller on another deep slant for the first down and a gain of 10. 1st and 10 from the 22, Jones-Drew had a huge running lane, tackled by Spencer after a gain of 9. 2nd and 1, MJD was hit in the backfield by Smith for no gain. 3rd and 1, Jones-Drew was wrapped up by Willis short of the sticks. The Jags will let the clock run out in the 3rd quarter and they’ll have a decision to make on 4th down to start the 4th quarter.
The Jags’ offense will stay on the field on 4th and 1. Spikes is dancing around getting the fans on their feet. 4th and 1, Garrard looked to throw, but Haralson flew in and then Smith came in to help. Garrard coughed up the ball and McDonald fell on it. Huge play!
1st and 10 for the 49ers from their own 34, Gore took the handoff and bounced outside of Adam Snyder on the right side of the line for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Smith threw for Walker and the ball bounced straight in the air and the Jags nearly got the turnover. 3rd and 7, Smith hit Gore on the screen who slipped. He had nice blocking, but the slip hurt and he actually lost 1 yard on the play. Andy Lee come in to punt and gets off a good one which was fair caught at the 22.
1st and 10 from the SF 22, Garrard threw too wide for Lewis in the right flat. 2nd and 10, Garrard escaped the pressure in large part because of a hold. 2nd and 20 from the SF 12, Jones-Drew took the draw straight ahead for a gain of 12. 3rd and 8, Garrard again escaped the blitz by the 49ers secondary. Willis turned and ran him down though, pushing Garrard out of bounds after a gain of 5. 4th and 3, Garrard hit Jones-Drew on the swing pass for the first down and a gain of 13. An aggressive call keeps the drive alive. 1st and 10, Garrard it Thomas on the route of the day – deep slant. 1st and 10 from the JAX 33, Jennings took the draw and was dragged down by Spikes after a gain of 8. 2nd and 2, Jennings was able to get the first down after a gain of 3. 1st and 10 from the 22, Jones-Drew nearly broke it out left. it took 3 to bring him down. 2nd and 1, MJD got the carry up the middle for the first down. 1st and goal from the 7, MJD got the carry again, but was met by several defenders for a short gain. 2nd and goal, Brown broke up Garrard’s pass in the end zone and the ball bounced up and fell between Goldson and Bly. 3rd and goal, Singletary ran down the official in the middle of the field to get the timeout called. That’s the furthest I’ve seen a coach run to call a timeout, but it worked! 3rd and goal from the 3, Garrard tried to hit Holt on the short slant and the Jags will settle for the field goal. It’s a three score game so with 7:39 left, Scobee tries to tack on three, but drills the left upright. That’s huge as the lead stays at three scores.
So after the chip shot field goal was missed, the 49ers will get the ball at the 20. 1st and 10 from the 20, gore plunges ahead for a 1-yard gain. 2nd and 9, Smith throws back across the field for Davis who picks up 8. 3rd and 1, Gore dives ahead for the first down. 1st and 10, Smith swings wide left to Gore who’s tackled for a loss.
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