49ers vs. Packers live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 6 game


49ers vs. Packers live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 6 game


FINAL: Packers 33, 49ers 30: Mason Crosby, who missed four field-goal attempts last week, drills a 27-yarder as the Packers stun the 49ers, who squandered numerous chances and a fourth-quarter lead.



Aaron Rodgers marches Green Bay all the way from its 10 to the San Francisco 9 with a 21-yard run, then three sideline passes to Equanimeous St. Brown and Davante Adams for big gains.

A sad ending for the 49ers, who let another win slip away and fall to 1-5. They actually had the drive stopped on DeForest Buckner’s third-down sack of Rodgers on third down, but an illegal contact penalty on Richard Sherman kept the drive and the Packers alive.

Fourth quarter, 1:07, 30-30: C.J. Beathard takes a third-down shot down the field, and Packers cornerback Kevin King intercepts his pass. Oh boy ...

Green Bay ball at its own 10.

Fourth quarter, 1:49, 30-30: Packers special-teamer Tony Brown shoves Richie James while out of bounds, drawing a 15-yard penalty that puts the 49ers at their own 47.

Fourth quarter, 1:55, 30-30: The 49ers’ defense bring pressure again, Aaron Rodgers burns them, and now we have a tie game.

Rodgers finds Davante Adams on the left side of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

That leaves the 49ers some time to respond. Will they?

Fourth quarter, 2:00, 49ers 30-23: We’ve hit the two-minute warning, and we’re set up for quite a finish. The Packers have the ball at the 49ers’ 20, facing third-and-6.

Fourth quarter, 3:00, 49ers 30-23: Clay Matthews sacks C.J. Beathard on third down, so the 49ers join the punt-fest – the last thing they wanted to do.

The Packers burned their final two timeouts on that 49ers possession to save time for their offense. Green Bay ball at its own 42.

Fourth quarter, 4:06, 49ers 30-23: Ronald Blair might have made the biggest play of the night, sacking Aaron Rodgers on a third-down pass attempt to force a Packers punt.

Now it’s up to C.J. Beathard and the 49ers’ offense to seal the deal.

Fourth quarter, 5:33, 49ers 30-23: Pierre Garcon falls one short of a first down on a third-down pass, and the 49ers have to punt the ball.

Packers ball at their own 48, giving Aaron Rodgers and the offense another short field.

Fourth quarter, 7:46, 49ers 30-23: The Packers roll the dice on fourth-and-3 at the 49ers’ 4, but they can’t convert as K’Waun Williams blankets the Green Bay receiver in the end zone on Aaron Rodgers’ throw.

Robert Saleh’s 49ers defense is starting to bring pressure on Rodgers, and it’s working.

Meanwhile, there’s an injury concern for San Francisco …

Fourth quarter, 13:08, 49ers 30-23: C.J. Beathard, who basically has been perfect all night, misses a wide-open George Kittle on a third-down pass, so the 49ers have to settle for a 43-yard Robbie Gould field goal …

.. and hope Aaron Rodgers doesn’t go all Aaron Rodgers here in the fourth quarter.

Third quarter, 3:20, 49ers 27-23: A DeForest Buckner sack on Aaron Rodgers pushes back the Packers, who have to punt after their ensuing third-down pass falls short of the marker.

Green Bay is 1 of 8 on third-down conversions, which isn’t good.

49ers ball at their own 18. A lengthy touchdown drive really could put them in control here.

Third quarter, 6:59, 49ers 27-23: Robbie Gould hits a 44-yard field goal, and the 49ers re-extend their lead to four points, thanks to two big plays by their wide receivers.

C.J. Beathard connected with Marquise Goodwin to convert a crucial third down in San Francisco territory. Pierre Garcon later stepped up by making a Packers defender miss on a second-down pass in the flat and picked up another first down.

Third quarter, 11:17, 49ers 24-23: Aaron Rodgers’ back-shoulder throw to Marquez Valdes-Scantling goes for 30 yards and puts Packers at the 49ers’ 33.

Then San Francisco’s defense holds, forcing Mason Crosby to drill a 51-yard field goal that trims Green Bay's deficit.

Third quarter, 15:00, 49ers 24-20: The Packers receive the ball to start the second half and will begin at their own 25.

Halftime, 49ers 24-20: The 49ers are jumping for joy with this halftime lead.

At least Marquise Goodwin is.

Robbie Gould drills a 46-yard field goal to end the half for San Francisco, which is receiving contributions for all over. For example, Raheem Mostert, who normally plays special teams, is stepping up at running back in this one.

Second quarter, 5:07, 49ers 21-20: The 49ers’ defense forces a three-and-out, capped by Sheldon Day’s third-down sack of Aaron Rodgers.

49ers ball at their own 40.

Second quarter, 6:05, 49ers 21-20: There’s no quit in these Niners. And now they have the lead.

Marquise Goodwin continues his monster game with a 30-yard touchdown catch to complete a three-play, 65-yard drive.

Goodwin has three catches for 114 yards and two TDs in one heckuva return.

C.J. Beathard is 8-of-9 passing for 178 yards and the two TDs to Goodwin. Impressive that he’s going toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers in prime time.

Second quarter, 7:34, Packers 20-14: Riverboat gambler Mike McCarthy goes for it on fourth-and-4 at the 49ers’ 39, and Aaron Rodgers scrambles 6 yards for the first down. Pretty easy decision when you have a probable Hall of Famer at quarterback.

But the 49ers’ defense tightens and forces a 39-yard Mason Crosby field goal to keep San Francisco within one score.

The 49ers nearly caused a turnover on the drive, as they punched the football out of Jimmy Graham’s hands and then recovered it. However, officials ruled the Packers tight end’s forward progress had been stopped, and they were correct.

Second quarter, 12:12, Packers 17-14: The 49ers can’t keep their hands on the football, as Kyle Juszczyk makes a catch but almost immediately fumbles it.

The Packers recover the loose ball at the San Francisco 44 and are sitting pretty with a short field.

Second quarter, 12:23, Packers 17-14: Green Bay drives to the San Francisco 39, but an intentional grounding call on Aaron Rodgers pushes back the Packers, and they can’t make up the distance.

After the punt bounces into the end zone, it’s 49ers ball at their own 20.

First quarter, :27, Packers 17-14: Marquise Goodwin takes the top off the Packers’ defense on a 67-yard touchdown pass, and the 49ers aren’t folding their tents.

First quarter, 1:58, Packers 17-7: Aaron Rodgers is on a roll, and that can’t be good for the 49ers.

Rodgers’ 54-yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham pushes Green Bay to the San Francisco 12, and the QB finds Davante Adams two plays later on a 9-yard touchdown strike.

First quarter, 4:52, Packers 10-7: The 49ers advance near midfield but have to punt, putting the Packers at their 21.

First quarter, 7:39, Packers 10-7: The 49ers’ defense limits the damage by holding the Packers to a 29-yard Mason Crosby field goal.

First quarter, 9:08, 7-7: Disaster for the 49ers, as D.J. Reed fumbles away the kickoff, and the Packers recover the loose football at the San Francisco 34.

First quarter, 9:17, 7-7: Well, that didn’t take long.

Aaron Rodgers hits Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 60-yard pass on the Packers’ first play, and Aaron Jones runs 16 yards to the 1 on the next play. Two plays later, Ty Montgomery grabs a pass from Rodgers and walks 2 yards into the end zone for the touchdown.

Tie game.

First quarter, 10:59, 49ers 7-0: What a start for the 49ers, who drive 75 yards on seven plays and score a touchdown on Matt Breida’s 3-yard run.

If Breida’s ankle is bothering him, he didn’t show it on his two carries.

Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne also made big catches of 17 and 22 yards, respectively.

First quarter, 15:00, 0-0: The 49ers’ offense, which will have its biggest weapons despite their injuries, will start the game with the football.

5:10 p.m.: So close … The 49ers take the field in Green Bay.

4:58 p.m.: Richard Sherman is all about technique and discipline – and he let his 49ers teammates know all about it with kickoff approaching.

4:52 p.m.: Hey, we know this 49ers fan …

4:09 p.m.: Richard Sherman is bringin’ the heat to Green Bay …

3:57 p.m.: It's 37 degrees in Green Bay right now, but that evidently doesn't bother Marquise Goodwin as much as it did our bundled-up reporter.

3:47 p.m.: The 49ers just dropped their inactives, and good news -- tight end George Kittle will be in uniform for tonight's game.

Tight end Ross Dwelley, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day, also is active, presumably in case Kittle's knee injury causes him problems.

Slot receiver Trent Taylor is inactive, so he'll have a week off to give his problematic back some time to improve. Taylor had been listed as doubtful.

Here are the Packers' inactives, which include wide receiver Randall Cobb. He had been expected to miss the game because of a hamstring injury.

3:44 p.m.: If you've ever wondered what it's like to be on the field in Green Bay, the 49ers' Twitter account dropped this cool video just for you ...

2:15 p.m.: We're three hours from kickoff at Lambeau Field, and the 49ers are having more injury problems.

Although running back Matt Breida is expected to play against the Packers, the 49ers promoted tight end Ross Dwelley from the practice squad. That could signal George Kittle might not be able to play because of a knee problem that had him listed as questionable on the injury report. Kittle leads the team in receptions (23) and receiving yards (399), so it obviously would hurt not to have him on the field.

Breida has an ankle sprain that also had him listed as questionable. If Kittle can't go, it stands to reason that Breida might have more carries than first thought.

Inactives will be released at 3:45 p.m. PT, so we'll know exactly what the 49ers' offense will look like then. Be sure to come back to this live blog often throughout the night for the latest news, analysis and highlights.

Also be sure to visit our Facebook page for "49ers First Look," with Matt Maiocco, live from Lambeau. Then flip over to NBC Sports Bay Area at 4 p.m. for "49ers Pregame Live" from Pete's Tavern in San Francisco with Laura Britt, Greg Papa, Donte Whitner and Jeff Garcia.

Hang out after the game, too, for "49ers Postgame Live."

Richard Sherman has message for Antonio Brown in his bid to join 49ers


Richard Sherman has message for Antonio Brown in his bid to join 49ers

Richard Sherman knows what it's like to leave the only franchise he's ever known to join the 49ers.

So, what does he think about Antonio Brown's desire to play in San Francisco?

"Good luck to him," Sherman told TMZ on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

The All-Pro receiver wants out of Pittsburgh and to come to the 49ers "really badly," according to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II has said the team won't release Brown but will explore all other options, including a trade. Rooney also said he expects discussions regarding Brown's future to heat up in mid-March when the new league year begins.

Sherman, who signed a three-year, $27.15 million contract with the 49ers last March, was asked about his time in the Bay Area.

"So far, so good," Sherman told TMZ.

Before Sherman could get away, he was asked if he had a message for Brown.

"Go wherever it makes him happy," Sherman said.

49ers' George Kittle voted 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by PFWA


49ers' George Kittle voted 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by PFWA

George Kittle had an impressive 2018 season for the 49ers to the say the least.

Kittle was named the top tight end in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, and PFF even told NBC Sports Bay Area his season could be considered one of the all-time greats if data was around years ago to back it up.

Regardless, he will be known for breaking the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, finishing his 2018 campaign with 1,377 yards.

Kittle can now add "Most Improved Player of the Year" to his list of accomplishments, as voted by the Pro Football Writers of America.

This is on top of being voted by the PFWA's All-NFC Team Tuesday and just about every other prestigious football honor one can receive.

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The best part is knowing Kittle is only 25 years old, and can surely still get better.

But for now, we should all relish in his growing list of impressive resume accomplishments.