ATLANTA — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the NFC Championship game between the 49ers and the Falcons. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the Georgia Dome press box.
12:45 Ryan pump fakes and throws it up for Julio Jones in the end zone. He jumps over Tarell Brown and catches the touchdown. They’re reviewing the play to see if Jones got his second foot in bounds.
12:47 It looks like Jones got his second foot in bounds.
12:48 The refs confirm the catch was a touchdown. 17-0 Falcons. Julio Jones has six catches, 120 yards and 2 TDs six seconds into the second quarter. He’s destroying Tarell Brown, the 49ers’ best cornerback.
12:51 Gore takes the ball on a read option and gains nine yards up the middle. Second and one.
12:52 Gore takes the ball on a read option again and gains one. First and 10 from the SF 30.
12:52 From a Jumbo formation, Gore runs up the middle and gains three yards. Second and seven.
12:53 Gore takes the ball on a read option and runs around the left tackle for seven yards and a first down. A Falcons is hurt. It’s Cliff Matthews.
12:56 From the pistol, Kaepernick hits Randy Moss for eight yards. Second and two from the SF 48.
12:57 From the shotgun, Kaepernick throws a quick pass to Crabtree, who gains seven yards. First and 10 from the ATL 45.
12:57 Kaepernick throws another quick pass to Crabtree at the line of scrimmage. Gain of four.
12:58 Kaepernick completes a screen to James. Gain of four. Third and two from the ATL 37.
12:59 Kaepernick is flagged for delay of game. Third and seven.
1:00 Vernon Davis runs a crossing route and he’s wide open. Kaepernick hits him. Gain of 27. First and 10 from the 15.
1:01 Kaepernick throws it up for Crabtree in the end zone. He catches it, but can’t keep both feet in bounds. Second and 10.
1:01 Kaepernick hands off to James on the read option. James runs around the right tackle for a touchdown. He was barely touched. 17-7 Falcons with 8:08 left in the second quarter.
1:05 Touchback Akers.
1:05 From the shotgun, Ryan takes a hit and throws and completes it to White, who beat Carlos Rogers. Gain of 14.
1:06 Turner runs up the middle for six. Second and four at the ATL 40.
1:06 Ryan drops back and has pressure up the middle. He throws quickly and errantly to Rodgers in the left flat. Incomplete. Third and four.
1:07 Ryan floats one out to Rodgers in the right flat and it’s incomplete. The Falcons will punt for the first time today.
1:08 The 49ers almost block it. Ted Ginn Jr. makes a fair catch at the SF 18.
1:11 Kaepernick hits Vernon Davis for a big gain, but it’s called back due to a Iupati hold. First and 19 from the 9.
1:12 James runs around the right side and gain three yards. Second and 16.
1:12 Kaepernick hits Vernon Davis on a stick route. He breaks a tackle and ends up gaining 19 yards and first down.
1:13 Gore takes the ball on a read option and gains nothing up the middle. Second and 10 at the SF 31.
1:14 Kaepernick scrambles around the left end for a 23-yard gain. First and 10 from the ATL 46.
1:15 Kaepernick hands off to Gore, who runs up the middle for two yards. After the play, Stephen Nicholas is flagged 15 yard for unnecessary roughness. First and 10 at the ATL 29.
1:16 Vernon Davis runs a wheel route and Kaepernick hits him for a 25-yard gain. First and goal at the 4 yard line. That’s the two-minute warning.
1:19 Kaepernick play fakes and hits Vernon Davis in the end zone. Touchdown. 17-14 Falcons with 1:55 left in the second quarter.
1:22 Touchback Akers. Both the Falcons and 49ers have three timeouts.
1:22 Ryan hits White for 15 yards.
1:23 Ryan throws to White again, this time incomplete. Second and 10.
1:23 Willis blitzes, he’s picked up and Ryan hits Gonzalez over the middle for 16.
1:24 Ryan throws to White, and Culliver is flagged for illegal contact. First and 10 at the SF 44.
1:24 Ryan throws a deep out to White, who catches it in front of Brown. Gain of 13. First and 10 at the SF 31.
1:25 Ryan has a clean pocket and he hits Jones over the middle for 15 yards. The 49ers call timeout. First and 10 at the SF 16.
1:27 Ryan completes it to Gonzalez for six yards. Second and four from the SF 10. Timeout Atlanta.
1:28 Ryan completes it Gonzalez in the end zone for a touchdown. He beat Patrick Willis and Donte Whitner on the play. 24-14 Falcons with 25 seconds left in the first half. Not one run on that drive. The Falcons feel they can beat the 49ers passing.
1:28 On the kick return, James is tackled at the SF 15.
1:31 James tries to run around the right end and gains one yard. That’s the end of the first half.
1:40 P.O.D. is performing in the middle of the field. Haven’t heard from them since I was in sixth grade. They’re even worse than I remember.