The 49ers get their first shot at a win on the road at Paul Brown Stadium, where they have not played since 2003. The 49ers hold a 10-3 advantage against the Bengals all-time.
Former Niner safety Taylor Mays is inactive for the Bengals, but WR Jerome Simpson will be active. The full list for each team is below.
49ers Inactives: QB Scott Tolzien, WR Braylon Edwards, FB Moran Norris, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, NT Ian Williams, DT Demarcus Dobbs
Bengals Inactives: WR Andrew Hawkins, S Taylor Mays, S Robert Sands, LB Dontay Moch, G Otis Hudson, TE Colin Cochart, DE Robert Geathers
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The 49ers improved to 4-0 on coin tosses this season and elected to defer to the second half. The Bengals quickly entered 49ers territory on their first drive thanks to three completions to Andre Caldwell. Dalton completed his fourth-straight pass to A.J. Green down to the 24-yard line. The 49ers defense did well to hold the Bengals to a field goal after they had a 1st and goal.
Bengals 3 – 49ers 0
The 49ers drive started with a play action pass to FB Bruce Miller for a gain of 12. On the next play though, Smith was sacked for a loss of five and once again, the 49ers were hurt by negative plays. The drive would stall and Lee would come in to punt. His 51-yard put the Bengals at their own 29.
The 49ers got more pressure on Andy Dalton on the second series. The Bengals picked up one first down as Dalton again found Caldwell to move the chains. Then, the 49ers were able to hurry Dalton to force the punt.
The 49ers were able to move the chains after a 5-yard run by Gore and a quick out to Joshua Morgan. Smith then found Vernon Davis open deep down the left sideline for a gain of 22. Once again though, a negative play put an end to the promising drive. A false start penalty against Joe Staley made it 3rd and 11. Smith avoided the pressure on 3rd down, but his pass skipped short of Michael Crabtree. Lee shanked the punt for only 14 yards.
The Bengals started their drive from the 43.
Standout Stat: Dalton started the game going 5 of 6 and went 1-4 since.
Highlight Reel: The best play for the 49ers so far was the 22-yard completion to Vernon Davis. Smith threw a great ball to Davis, who found a hole in the zone down the left sideline.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers need to limit their negative plays. Every drive has ended as a result. The defense appears to have adjusted after the first drive. The fact that the defense was able to hold the Bengals to three points could be big come the end of the game.
The Bengals weren’t able to capitalize on the good field position, going three and out as Dalton’s third down pass to Caldwell was short of the sticks. Ted Ginn signaled for the fair catch at the 12.
The 49ers offense went three and out. Lee’s punt was much better this time and the Bengals started their next drive at the 37.
Carlos Rogers put the Bengals drive to a halt with a great pass breakup on third down. Ted Ginn fair caught the punt at the 13.
Gore was dropped for a loss on first down and Rachal was flagged for holding on second down to back the 49ers up. A great run by Frank Gore on the next play would make it third and manageable and Smith hit Crabtree just beyond the sticks to keep the drive going. Jonathan Goodwin went down on the drive and was replaced at center by Adam Snyder. On 3rd and 9, Anthony Davis was flagged for a false start. On the next play, Smith was dropped for an eight-yard loss. Once again, the negative plays hurt the 49ers.
The 49ers defense forced a three and out after Ahmad Brooks crushed Dalton on first down and knocked his helmet off.
The 49ers started their next drive at the 17 and Jonathan Goodwin returned at center. On 3rd and short, Alex Smith hit Davis crossing to pick up just enough to move the chains. A false start penalty against Rachal backed the 49ers up, but they were able to overcome it thanks to a nice run by Gore on second down. On 3rd and manageable, Smith found Kendall Hunter in the flat and the rookie lowered his shoulder to get the first down. The drive stalled just short of midfield.
The 49ers would punt and the Bengals would run out the clock.
Catastrophe was avoided on the 49ers first drive. On 2nd and short, Bruce Miller got the carry and fumbled. Thankfully, Miller was able to recover even though the Bengals initially signaled that they had it. The result of the play was a first down. The 49ers had a great chance to pick up the first down. Smith’s third-down pass hit Crabtree in the hands. He may have saw it late as it went through the hands of a Bengals linebacker as Crabtree couldn’t make the would-be first down catch. Lee’s punt was fair caught at the 6.
The Bengals picked up one first down on their next drive, but that would be it. The second false start penalty against A.J. Green backed the Bengals up and the 49ers held on third and long. Huber’s punt was a low line drive that Ginn returned to the 47.
Smith started the drive by rolling out and hitting Crabtree for a gain of 8, which put the 49ers inside Bengals territory. Alex Smith connected with Vernon on a huge 39-yard play down near the 5. The 49ers had two sets of downs to try to punch it in after a late hit penalty against Maualuga. The Bengals defense held and the 49ers settled for a 23-yard field goal by David Akers – the 300th of his career.
49ers 3 – Bengals 3
The Bengals took a shot deep down the middle on 3rd down, but Tarell brown did a great job to step in front of his man and knock it down. The punt rolled into the end zone for a touchback.
The last play of the quarter was a sack for a loss of 12.
Smith hit Davis on third and long, but it was well short of the first down and the 49ers had to punt. Cincinnati was called for a block in the back on the return which backed them up to their own 25.
The Bengals were backed up after Justin Smith drew a holding penalty on a big run by Benson. On 3rd and 11, the 49ers were in pursuit of Dalton, who just threw it away. Anthony Dixon was called for a hold on the punt return so the 49ers will start their drive at the 10.
On the first play of the drive, Gore had a nice run up the middle, but coughed up the ball and the Bengals recovered at the 16.
After a big run by Benson, down to the 5, the 49ers defense held. Cincinnati settled for a 23-yard field goal, but took the lead.
Bengals 6 – 49ers 3
Ginn fielded the punt halfway in the end zone and took it back to the 28. First play of the drive, Smith hit Morgan on an out for a gain of 12. Kendall Hunter just about broke the next run after he cut the toss left back inside and picked up another first down. On 3rd and short, Snyder and Sopoaga were both eligible – Gore followed a great block by Sopoaga and picked up the first down.
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