Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bunkley, Peters down; Eagles up at half

Updating: The Eagles made it 17-7 after a 22-yard DeSean Jackson punt return set them up at their 47. They scored three plays later, on a 29-yard Shady McCoy cutback run, his route sealed off beautifully by Todd Herremans and Mike McGlynn. At that point, Kolb was 11 for 12 for 116 yards and a touchdown, with a 134.7 passer rating. The 49ers drove back down for a 50-yard Joe Nedney field goal that made it 17-10 with 43 seconds left in the half. Then Dunlap gave up another egregious sack and Kolb fumbled the ball away, but Nedney missed a 40-yard field goal with two seconds left.

Bunkley, Peters down; Eagles up at half

Updating: The Eagles made it 17-7 after a 22-yard DeSean Jackson punt return set them up at their 47. They scored three plays later, on a 29-yard Shady McCoy cutback run, his route sealed off beautifully by Todd Herremans and Mike McGlynn.
At that point, Kolb was 11 for 12 for 116 yards and a touchdown, with a 134.7 passer rating.
The 49ers drove back down for a 50-yard Joe Nedney field goal that made it 17-10 with 43 seconds left in the half.
Then Dunlap gave up another egregious sack and Kolb fumbled the ball away, but Nedney missed a 40-yard field goal with two seconds left.
 

Earlier: The first drive was another exercise in watching the Eagles’ defenders seemingly mystified by everything the opposition did.
Just as last week, the D was put in a bad position by a huge runback – Tedd Ginn Jr. went 44 yards up the left side with the opening kickoff – and the 49ers started from their 49, appropriately enough.
The Eagles never gave you the feeling they were going to get a stop. San Francisco converted third down situations of 1, 10 and 8 yards, all with ease. Mostly they pounded Frank Gore into the line, then threw when they had to. Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley went down on the second snap with a left elbow injury and was replaced by Antonio Dixon. It took 11 plays for Alex Smith to make it 7-0 on a 7-yard pass to Michael Crabtree.
The Birds had to drive 75 yards to tie it up, but they did so, even overcoming a Todd Herremans hold on what would have been Shady McCoy’s 3-yard TD run on first and goal. Instead, two plays later, Kolb spun out of a sack, scrambled right and found Brent Celek at the 1. Celek carried Niners rookie safety Taylor Mays into the end zone. During the drive, King Dunlap replaced Jason Peters at left tackle; Peters suffered a left knee injury.
The Eagles had just given up their fourth successive third down conversion when new strongside linebacking starter Moise Fokou came flying in like a guided missile from the side, jacked Gore in the air and separated him from the ball. Joselio Hanson recovered at the 49ers’ 45
This set up a 33-yard David Akers field goal and a 10-7 lead, after Dunlap gave up a sack that took the Birds out of the red zone.

Earlier: Chad Hall is really going to play in an NFL game today, after two years in the Air Force, it would seem. As expected, since the Eagles cut Antwan Barnes to put him on the roster, Hall is active today against the 49ers.

Other inactives are as expected: RB Joique Bell, OL Austin Howard, TE Clay Harbor, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, and the trio of injured Birds, Michael Vick, Riley Cooper and Asante Samuel, who did not make the trip.

Stay tuned.

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