49ers: Live Week 15 thread versus the Titans

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 10: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers hands the ball to Carlos Hyde #28 in the third quarter at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 10: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers hands the ball to Carlos Hyde #28 in the third quarter at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Jimmy Garoppolo gets his first start at home as a member of the San Francisco 49ers against the Tennessee Titans in a Week 15 matchup. Niner Noise has all your updates from the game, as well as analysis and your comment thread.

Through two games as the No. 1 quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo has been quick to make an impression. The team has won consecutive games, both on the road, and the offense is showing signs of improvement.

This next game is a real test for Garoppolo, as the Tennessee Titans are fighting for a spot in the AFC playoffs and boast a much better defense than the previous units the 49ers have faced.

San Francisco will also be without offensive lineman Trent Brown, which is a huge loss considering replacement Zane Beadles struggled mightily last week.

As always, Niner Noise has your in-game thread with scoring updates and a comment thread you can participate in at the bottom of the article.

Follow along with us, as the 49ers seek to extend their winning streak to three games and move to 4-10 on the season.

First Quarter

The Titans won the toss and deferred.

San Francisco was able to make it into Tennessee’s side of the field, but Garoppolo’s pass on 3rd and 18 was just one yard shy of moving the chains. Kicker Robbie Gould’s 38-yard was field goal to put the 49ers up 3-0.

On the next series, DeForest Buckner’s sack on first down put the Titans in a hole that they could not get out of, and they were forced to punt.

Well, another field goal for Gould — this time for 48 yards — made it San Francisco’s lead 6-0.

At the end of the first quarter, Marcus Mariota has the Titans just outside of the 49ers’ red zone.

Second Quarter

A solid response from the San Francisco defense as they are able to stand pat and stop Tennessee on 3rd and 10. Kicker Ryan Succop’s 40-yard field was good to make it 6-3.

The 49ers finally are able to put together a complete drive as Garoppolo rolled out on 3rd and goal to find tight end Garret Celek for the five-yard touchdown to put San Francisco up 13-3. It is Celek’s second consecutive game with a score.

Undrafted rookie wide receiver Kendrick Bourne had three receptions for 31 yards on that drive as well, including two first down conversions.

On the next drive, linebacker Brock Coyle made a surprise play, who stripped tight end (and former 49er) Delanie Walker. Rookie safety Adrian Colbert recovered the fumble, and San Francisco had 4:27 to work with in the second quarter.

Despite making it 1st and goal, the 49ers missed out as they had to settle for another field goal. Gould’s 28-yard kick was good to push San Francisco’s lead to 16-3.

Walker made good on his mistake as his four-yard touchdown reception capped off an impressive scoring drive from Mariota and the Titans. The 49ers’ lead was cut to 16-10 with 29 seconds left to play.

Third Quarter

To open up the second half, Tennessee was able to push it into the red zone but pressure in Mariota’s face led to the quarterback throwing it out of bounds on 3rd down. Succop’s 31-yard field goal was good to make it 16-13.

On the ensuing series, the 49ers were able to move the ball until rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor’s costly drop on 3rd down stalled the drive out.

A very short quarter in terms of drives — only three total as the Titans dominated time of possession in that frame. Tennessee will have 1st and goal to begin the final quarter of play.

Fourth Quarter

On 3rd and goal, Mariota stepped up in the pocket to hit wide receiver Rishard Matthews for an eight-yard touchdown to finish off a 12-play scoring drive. The Titans now lead 20-16 with 13:31 left in the game.

Even though Celek’s 61-yard reception put the 49ers into Titans territory, a sack on 3rd down forced San Francisco to settle for another field goal. Gould’s 50-yard field goal made it 20-19, Tennessee’s lead, at the 8:27 mark in the 4th quarter.

A crucial play for the San Francisco defense as they are able to force a punt from the Titans’ offense. Garoppolo will have 6:28 of game time left to put the 49ers ahead.

Well, Bourne’s 54-yard reception placed San Francisco well into Tennessee’s territory, but a penalty on Goodwin on 3rd and 18 negated a touchdown. Gould’s 48-yard field goal was good to take back the lead for the 49ers 22-20 with 3:08 left in the game.

Mariota was able to move the Titans past the 50-yard line, but nothing more as Succop’s  50-yard field goal was good to make it 23-22, Tennessee’s lead, with only 1:07 on the clock.

And 1:07 was Garoppolo needed. Receptions to Goodwin and rookie tight end George Kittle put the 49ers in prime field goal territory. Gould’s 45-yard field goal wins the game for San Francisco 25-22.

That is three wins a row for Garoppolo as the starter and the 49ers are now 4-10.

Final statistics:

  • Garoppolo: 31-43, 381 yards (career high), 1 TD.
  • Goodwin: 10 receptions, 114 yards.
  • Bourne: 4 receptions, 85 yards.
  • Celek: 3 receptions, 63 yards, 1 TD.
  • Robbie Gould was 6-6 on field goals, including the game winner.

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