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The San Francisco 49ers (4-9) will play one of their two remaining home games in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals (10-3).
Keep it logged on here for live updates as the 49ers look to spoil Cincinnati's hopes for a first-round playoff bye. Pregame Notes
Torrey Smith (back, toe) is active against the Bengals but Aaron Lynch (concussion) won't play. Those were the two biggest names that were in doubt for the 49ers going into the game.
Lynch, the teams leader in sacks with 6.5, will miss his second straight game after not being able to get through the league's concussion protocol. Smith played against the Browns despite being banged up, but was limited to just 27 snaps. The receiver's workload will be worth monitoring throughout.
Michael Wilhoite will miss his second straight game due to an ankle injury. Eli Harold and Gerald Hodges will replace the two missing linebackers, respectively. The other lineup change for the 49ers is that Daniel Kilgore will start at center and Marcus Martin will slide to left guard with Alex Boone out due to a knee injury. The start is Kilgore's first since October of 2014.
For the Bengals, quarterback Andy Dalton (hand) and tight end Tyler Eifert (concussion) were announced as out during the week. AJ McCarron and Tyler Kroft will fill in for them. For McCarron, it will be the Alabama product's first career start.
Here's the 49ers full list of inactives: Lynch, Wilhoite, Boone, Chris Davis, DeAndrew White, Brandon Thomas and Jordan Devey.
Here's the Bengals full list of inactives: Dalton, Eifert, George Iloka, Jake Fisher, Marcus Hardison, Pat Sims and Mario Alford.
The Bengals won the toss and deferred, giving San Francisco the ball to open the game.
A pass from Blaine Gabbert to Bruce Miller picked up 10 yards and a quick first down but the drive stalled from there. Two carries from Shaun Draughn netted negative three yards, and Gabbert's third-down pass fell incomplete.
The 49ers defense responded with a three-and-out.
San Francisco got one first down on its next drive with Draughn runs of 5 yards and nine yards. A personal foul would halt the series, however.
Cincinnati got the first big play of the game on a 37-yard pass from McCarron to A.J. Green. The Bengals star wideout beat Tramaine Brock up the right sideline and hauled in a perfect pass. Three plays later, Cincinnati was faced with a 4th-and-1 and opted to go for it. Giovani Bernard got the carry but was met in the backfield by NaVorro Bowman. San Francisco's linebacker drove Bernard for a loss of a few yards to give the ball back to the 49ers.
Following a 49ers punt, San Francisco's defense stood tall once again. Bowman posted back-to-back tackles on Bernard and then McCarron's pass fell incomplete on third down. On the play, Harold burst through to get a hit on the Bengals quarterback.
The offense, however, failed to capitalize again on the strong play of the defense. A 14-yard run from Draughn on the 49ers next possession was all they could muster before punting it back to Cincinnati.
Through the first 20 minutes of play, the teams combined for seven punts.
A 16-yard pass from Gabbert to Smith was the lone highlight of San Francisco's next drive. The possession ended when a third-down pass bounced off the hands of Garrett Celek and into the arms of Bengals cornerback Adam Jones.
Despite the turnover, the 49ers defensed forced the games eigth punt to keep the game scoreless.
San Francisco turned the ball over again on its next possession. Anquan Boldin fumbled a catch on third-down that would have moved the chains for the 49ers. Carlos Dunlap forced and recovred the fumble, returning it to San Francisco's 11-yard line. It was Boldin's first fumble since 2010 (hat tip to Taylor Price for the stat).
Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill ended the stalemate shortly after. Hill scored a touchdown from 1-yard out to put the Bengals up 7-0. (4:44)
It was announced in the press box that Draughn was questionable to return with a knee injury.
After a 49ers three-and-out, the Bengals offense added to their lead. A 19-yard pass from McCarron to Marvin Jones got Cincinnati on the move. A few plays later, another completion to Jones put Cincinnati on San Francisco's 1-yard line.
Hill punched it in from there, notching his second 1-yard touchdown of the game to make it 14-0. (1:19)
A third interception of the half gave Cincinnati the ball back at the 49ers 20-yard line. Another pass bounced off of the hands of McDonald and Vontaze Burfict picked it off.
On the very next play, McCarron hit a wide-open Kroft up the left seam for the touchdown, extending their lead to 21-0. (0:53)
That's how the two teams would head into halftime. Cincinnati will get the ball to start the second half.
It was the McCarron-Jones combination that provided the big plays on Cincinnati's first drive of the third quarter. Completions of 16 yards and 47 yards got the Bengals into the red zone once again. The 47-yard gain was a beautifully thrown ball down the left sideline to beat tight coverage.
Mike Nugent finished the drive with a 22-yard field goal with the Bengals going up 24-0. (8:40)
It was announced that Draughn would not return with his knee injury.
Hill fumbled on Cincinnati's next possession. Ian Williams forced the fumble and recovered it himself. The offense responded with a 29-yard gain from Gabbert to Boldin and a 16-yard pass to Kendall Gaskins. Those two plays got San Francisco down to Cincinnati's 1-yard line.
After Gaskins was stopped on first down, Bruce Miller punched it in on the next play. The touchdown put the 49ers on the scoreboard, now trailing 24-7. (3:14)
The rushing score was Miller's first of his career.
Jimmie Ward ended the Bengals next drive with his first career sack. On the third-down stop, Ward came untouched on a blitz around the left side of Cincinnati's offensive line.
Marcus Martin left the game with a head injury and it was announced that his return was questionable. Trent Brown took over at right tackle while Erik Pears moved to right guard.
Bruce Miller converted a 4th-and-1 situation to set up San Francico's next scoring opportunity. Phil Dawson's field-goal attempt was blocked, however, keeping the score at 24-7.
Eric Reid notched his first career sack to end the next Bengals possession.
San Francisco found the end zone late in the fourth quarter. A fourth-down completion of nine yards to Quinton Patton kept the drive alive. Smith then hauled in a 17-yard reception off of a tipped ball. Smith's catch also marked the 49ers first third-down conversion of the game.
Two plays later, Gabbert found Boldin for a 15-yard touchdown to pull the 49ers within 10 points, 24-14. (2:16)
The catch was Boldin's third touchdown of the season and his 998th career reception.
San Francisco recovered the ensuing onside kick from Dawson. A 27-yard pass to Blake Bell appeared like it would lead to another 49ers score, but Gabbert was intercepted on the next play. Shawn Williams jumped in front of a pass at the goal line intended for Jerome Simpson.
The 49ers fell to 4-10 with the 24-14 loss to the Bengals, who are now 11-3 and still lead the AFC North.