49ers-Chargers final score
The 49ers impressed in their first start after losing Jimmy Garoppolo. They still struggle with tackles, but C.J. Beathard was quite impressive in his 2018 debut. The 49ers lost 29-27, but Beathard impressed with 298 passing yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions, but one was a drop by George Kittle, and one came after Beathard was bum-rushed late in the game. He took some big hits and generally played solid football in the loss.
49ers driving heading into 4th quarter
It’s hard to keep up with what has been an exciting game. The 49ers trailed 26-17, but C.J. Beathard connected with George Kittle for an 85-yard touchdown on a catch and run. The 49ers forced the Chargers to punt and now the 49ers have the ball at midfield, trailing 26-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
The 49ers return in the third quarter with Joe Staley and Dante Pettis both ruled out. Erik Magnuson is in at right tackle for Mike McGlinchey who left earlier with some kind of lower leg issue. The game is tied up 17-17 heading into the third quarter.
Joe Staley injures knee
The 49ers lead the Chargers 17-6, but have suffered a tough loss on the offensive line. Left tackle Joe Staley suffered a knee injury midway through the second quarter when Derwin James got a big hit on C.J. Beathard. Staley walked off the field and has since walked back to the locker room. He is listed as questionable to return.
49ers take 14-0 lead!
The 49ers are rolling early. C.J. Beathard found Kendrick Bourne on a short slant route for the score.
49ers take 7-0 lead on pick-six
The 49ers did not waste any time getting on the board to take a lead on the Chargers. On the third play of the game, Philip Rivers threw a pass intercepted by safety Antone Exum. Exum ran the ball back 31 yards for the score. Exum is playing in place of an injured Jaquiski Tartt.
Dante Pettis knee injury
The 49ers rookie injured his knee on a punt return in the first quarter, and is questionable to return. He was down and in pain, and needed help walking off the field. He went to the blue injury tent, and was then carted to the locker room.
Week 4 inactives
The 49ers and Chargers announced their inactives, and good news for the most part for San Francisco. Both running backs, Matt Breida and Alfred Morris, will play. Additionally, Antone Exum, who was downgraded to questionable on Saturday due to a quadricep injury, is active and will start at strong safety. Richard Sherman was ruled out on Friday, while Jaquiski Tartt had been listed as doubtful.
49ers inactives: WR Richie James, CB Richard Sherman, S Jaquiski Tartt, OG Joshua Garnett, OL Najee Toran, DL Jullian Taylor, OT Shon Coleman
Chargers inactives: LB Kyzir White, C Cole Toner, T Joe Barksdale, G Forrest Lamp, WR JJ Jones, DT T.Y. McGill, DE Joey Bosa
Adrian Colbert injury update
Safety Adrian Colbert was listed as questionable for Week 4 with a hip injury he suffered last week. He was a DNP on Wednesday, and limited Thursday and Friday. Based on pre-game workouts, it would appear he is set to be active for the game.
Matt Breida, Alfred Morris injury updates
The 49ers are expected to have both of their starting running backs for Week 4, according to Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter. Breida suffered a knee injury last Sunday and was limited on Wednesday and Friday. Morris suffered a knee injury during the practice week, and was limited on Thursday and Friday. Breida leads the NFL in yards per carry, and he and Morris need to get yards against the Chargers to set up C.J. Beathard for success.
The San Francisco 49ers are back on the road for the second time in a row. This time the milage isn’t as bad as they head to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers. While the short travel is nice, the 49ers have lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the season, making C.J. Beathard the starting quarterback going forward. This will be the first time to see if Beathard has improved on his rookie season, and with a second year in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, we can all cross our fingers. This will be an afternoon game kicking off at 1:25 PM. The game will air on CBS and you can see who gets it by looking at our broadcast map. Andrew Catalon and James Lofton will be in the booth.
The 49ers were mounting a comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, but no sooner did they make a redzone trip to make things interesting, Jimmy Garoppolo made an ill-advised cut and blew out his ACL, putting him out for the season. The team now will lean on C.J. Beathard to get through 2018. Beathard finished 2017 winning only one game and completing 54.9 percent of his passes. He finished his stint as a starter with four touchdown passes to six interceptions. The offense can continue to develop in Garoppolo’s absence, but if Beathard will hold them back with his own play is something to watch.
For Week 4, the Chargers will be without defensive lineman Joey Bosa. Wide receivers Keenan Allen (Knee) is questionable while wide receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) is a game-time decision. Right tackle Joe Barksdale will also be out after injuring his knee in Week 1
The 49ers are fighting numerous injuries. Matt Breida (knee) remains a gametime decision. Cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) will be missing the game. Safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) also is doubtful.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Stubhub Center, Los Angeles, CA
Game time: Sunday, September 30th, 1:25 P.M. PT
TV channel: CBS
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Local Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Sports USA national radio: Bob Fitzgerald, Hank Bauer
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesús Zárate, Gabriel Sotelo)
Matchup history: Series tied at 7-7
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Enemy blog: Bolts from the Blue
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Regular season schedule
Week 1: @ Minnesota Vikings — 24-16 Loss
Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions, — 30-27 Win
Week 3: @ Kansas City Chiefs, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, September 23 — 38-27 Loss
Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 30
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 7
Week 6: @ Green Bay Packers, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, October 15
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, October 21
Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 28
Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, November 1
Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, November 12
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, November 25
Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, December 2
Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos, 1:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 9
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 16
Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 23
Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 30