GLENDALE, AZ — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the 49ers’ Week 3 road game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
1:45 Vic Fangio rushes six defenders on third-and-13 and forces Drew Stanton to throw a quick fade to Ted Ginn who catches the ball out of bounds. Fangio called four blitzes on that drive.
1:46 32-yard field goal good. 7-6 Niners.
1:49 Bruce Ellington kneels down in the end zone.
1:55 Kaepernick completes an 8-yard pass to Stevie Johnson on fourth and 1.
1:57 Antonio Cromartie is flagged for holding Michael Crabtree on third-and-four from the Cardinals’ 25.
1:58 The 49ers use their final timeout of the half with 7:05 left.
1:58 Kaepernick converted a fourth-and-1 on this drive by completing an 8-yard pass to Stevie Johnson. Johnson leads the Niners with four catches for 37 yards.
2:02 Ellington runs a ghost end around and Kaepernick hands off to Frank Gore who gains three yards on second-and-3 from the Cardinals’ 13.
2:03 Kaepernick pitches to Carlos Hyde who runs around the left side for a 7-yard touchdown run. 14-6 Niners. 5:07 left in the half.
2:12 Stanton completes a 14-yard pass to Floyd on play No.1. The Cardinals punt three plays later. Bruce Ellington returns it 14 yards to the 49ers’ 32. 4:07 left, no timeouts.
2:18 The 49ers face third-and-10 from their 45 after the two-minute warning. Kaepernick completed a 9-yard pass to Crabtree on third-and-6 three plays ago. He beat Patrick Peterson on an out route.
2:21 The Cardinals blitz and Kaepernick completes a quick pass to Stevie Johnson for 12 yards and a first down.
2:24 The Cardinals blitz on third-and-8 from their 42. Two rushers come free on the 49ers’ left side. Kaepernick rolls right and throw the ball away. Andy Lee punts and Ted Ginn makes a fair catch at the Cardinals’ 15 with 21 seconds left.
2:27 Ellington runs five yards to the Cardinals 33 and the first half ends.
2:28 The 49ers had 13 first downs and the Cardinals had 10 in the first half.
2:34 Flawless first half by Kaepernick. Greg Roman did a great job spreading the Cardinals’ defense and isolating guys like Stevie Johnson. Can Roman expand on those concepts in the second half?