Game Day: San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns

Dec 12, 2015 at 9:00 PM--


On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns (2-10) will host the San Francisco 49ers (4-8) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 49ers are coming off of a 26-20 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears. The Browns are coming off of a 37-3 defeat against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Against the Bears, QB Blaine Gabbert completed 18 of his 32 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. He also capped off the fourth quarter with a game tying 44-yard touchdown run that sent the two teams into overtime. he finished the game with a career-high 75 yards rushing. His lone touchdown pass on the day came on a 71-yard pass to WR Torrey Smith, who has three touchdown receptions of 70-or-more yards on the season. Gabbert has completed 63 percent of his passes since taking over for QB Colin Kaepernick. The victory was the first 49ers win in Chicago since the 1988 season when the 49ers beat the Bears in the NFC Championship.


WR Anquan Boldin became the 18th player in NFL history to record 13,000-or-more receiving yards in their career as he finished the game with five receptions for 37 yards. RB Shaun Draughn also scored on a one-yard touchdown run, marking his first score since 2012.


The 49ers defense scored their first defensive touchdown of the season when DB Jimmie Ward intercepted Bears QB Jay Cutler and returned it 29 yards for his first interception and touchdown of his career. S Jaquiski Tartt brought down Cutler for the team's only sack of the game and the second of his career.

The 49ers offense will be without RB Carlos Hyde for the remainder of the season. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday. On Sunday, the team will also be without TE Vance McDonald and LB Michael Wilhoite, both of which were injured in Chicago. McDonald suffered a concussion and Wilhoite has a high ankle sprain.

Cutler had his worst passer rating (64.2) of the season against the 49ers and CB Kenneth Acker had his best Pro Football Focus rating (+2.9) of his two-year career against him. During the week prior, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer also had his worst passer rating (80.3) of the season against the 49ers.

SF W13 Top Performers CLE W13 Top Performers
CB Kenneth Acker (+2.9) LT Joe Thomas (+4.0)
ILB Gerald Hodges (+2.4) QB Austin Davis (+1.7)
DB Jimmie Ward (+2.4) RB Isaiah Crowell (+1.4)
LG Alex Boone (+2.4) WR Brian Hartline (+0.9)
RT Erik Pears (+1.0) NT Jamie Meder (+0.9)
Pro Football Focus' top-rated week 13 players for each team

One of the top storylines of the game is Browns QB Johnny Manziel and his second, and possibly his last, chance with Cleveland. Manziel is coming off of a two-game benching by his head coach, Mike Pettine. he was caught partying during Cleveland's week 11 bye. However, on November 15 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Manziel was 33 of 45 passes for a career-high 372 yards in a 30-9 defeat.

While eliminated from playoff contention, the Browns currently hold the top spot in the 2016 NFL Draft (if the season ended today).

The 49ers should be able to run against the Browns, whose run-defense ranks 31st after giving up 136.3 yards per game. The 49ers have allowed 170 yards or more on the ground in four of their last six games, but the Browns own the league's worst rushing offense (73.9) and are averaging a meager 50.8 yards over their last five.

Kickoff: Sunday, December 13 at 10:00 AM PT

Television: The game will be televised on FOX (Check 506 Sports to see if it is local)

Bay Area Radio: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 (Other radio affiliates)

Spanish Radio: KTRB 860

All-Time Matchup: Browns lead series 11-7

Last Meeting: 10/30/11, 49ers win 20-10, at SF

Current Streak: Won 1

Betting: The Browns are 2 point favorites

NFL Fan Picks: 67% pick the 49ers to win according to Yahoo! Sports

49ers Fan Picks: Within our Pick 'em Contest, 88% believe the 49ers will win

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Injury Report

TeamPosPlayerInjuryStatus
49ers RB Carlos Hyde Foot IR
49ers TE Vance McDonald Concussion Out
49ers LB Michael Wilhoite Ankle Out
49ers CB Tramaine Brock Foot Questionable
49ers LB Aaron Lynch Concussion Questionable
49ers WR Torrey Smith Back, toe Questionable
49ers DT Arik Armstead Shoulder Probable
49ers WR Anquan Boldin Hamstring Probable
49ers G Alex Boone Knee Probable
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman Shoulder, finger Probable
49ers DT Quinton Dial Shoulder Probable
49ers RB Kendall Gaskins Hamstring Probable
49ers LB Eli Harold Shoulder Probable
49ers C Marcus Martin Ankle Probable
49ers G Erik Pears Knee Probable
49ers NT Mike Purcell Shoulder Probable
49ers T Joe Staley Knee Probable
49ers S Jaquiski Tartt Ankle Probable
49ers G Andrew Tiller Knee Probable
Browns CB Justin Gilbert Concussion Out
Browns CB Joe Haden Concussion Out
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins Concussion Out
Browns TE Gary Barnidge Ankle Questionable
Browns WR Travis Benjamin Shoulder Questionable
Browns WR Taylor Gabriel Concussion Questionable
Browns WR Brian Hartline Hip Questionable
Browns WR Marlon Moore Ribs Questionable
Browns G Cameron Erving Ankle Probable
Browns QB Johnny Manziel Right elbow Probable

Game Averages (Rank)

49ers Browns
14.8 (32nd)
Offense Pts
18.0 (30th)
295.1 (32nd)
Offense Yds
330.8 (26th)
196.0 (30th)
Offense Pass
256.8 (13th)
99.1 (20th)
Offense Rush
73.9 (32nd)
24.2 (20th)
Defense Pts Allowed
28.9 (31st)
395.1 (28th)
Defense Yds Allowed
398.8 (29th)
269.9 (27th)
Defense Pass Allowed
262.5 (25th)
125.2 (28th)
Defense Rush Allowed
136.3 (31st)

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