GLENDALE, AZ — This is the live blog for the third quarter of the 49ers’ Week 3 road game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
2:38 The 49ers will get the ball first.
2:44 Colin Kaepernick throws blindly to his left on third-and-8 from the 49ers’ 34 and Antonio Cromartie drops a pick-six. Andy Lee has to punt.
2:45 Ted Ginn makes a fair catch at the Cardinals’ 15. 51-yard punt.
2:48 On third-and-8 Drew Stanton steps up in the pocket and throws a 45-yard bomb to Michael Floyd who catches the ball over Chris Culliver.
2:50 The Cardinals call timeout No.1 on third-and-4 from the 49ers’ 32. Perrish Cox dove and almost picked off Stanton in the end zone two plays ago.
2:52 Fangio is using a lot of Dime on passing down.
2:53 Cardinals convert — Ginn gains 8 yards on a screen pass.
2:54 Next play, Stanton throws deep for John Brown who is wide open and makes a 24-yard TD catch. 14-13 Niners. That drive took two minutes and 46 seconds.
2:57 Bruce Ellington returns the kickoff from the back of the end zone to the 49ers’ 17.
3:02 The Cardinals blitz up the middle on third-and-4 and Kaepernick scrambles for two yards. Andy Lee punts. Ginn makes a fair catch at the Cardinals’ 34.
3:04 The Cardinals call their second timeout on second-and-6 from their 38 with 6:57 left in the third quarter.
3:05 Antonio Cromartie has a left knee injury and is questionable to return.
3:07 Stanton scrambles up the middle for 7 yards and first down and then gets clocked in the head by Dan Skuta. 15 yard penalty. First and 10 at the 49ers’ 40.
3:08 Next play, Patrick Willis is flagged for roughing the passer.
3:10 Ted Larsen is flagged for false start on third-and-1 from the 16.
3:11 Drew Stanton throws an easy 21-yard TD pass over the middle to John Brown. 20-14 Cardinals. Fangio rushed just four on that third-and-6 and got no pressure on Stanton. Have to blitz there.
3:13 Stanton’s rating now is 107.5.
3:14 Bruce Ellington takes a knee in the end zone.
3:20 Roman goes back to the empty backfield no huddle offense and Kaepernick completes 7 passses in a row.
3:20 Kaepernick keeps the ball on a read option and loses two yards. Third-and-8 at the Cardinals’ 19 when the fourth quarter begins.