East Rutherford, NJ — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the 49ers’ Week 11 game against the Giants. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
10:42 Greg Roman calls a read-option run for Vernon Davis — not a typo — on third-and-2, and Stevie Johnson is flagged for holding.
10:43 Kaepernick completes a pass over the middle to Crabtree on third-and-8. First and 10 at the 23.
10:45 Crabtree drops a pass near the goal line on second-and-11 from the Giants’ 24. He saw the safety running toward him and braced for the hit. Two plays later, Dawson makes a 42-yard field goal. 7-6 Giants.
10:48 Preston Parker returns the kickoff to the Giants’ 25.
10:49 Giants’ RT Justin Pugh has a strained quad and his return is questionable.
10:52 On first-and-10 from the Giants’ 38, Chris Borland intercepts a short pass intended for Odell Beckham. 49ers’ ball at the Giants’ 29. Great play. Borland was covering Beckham man to man.
10:55 The 49ers’ call a 30-second timeout to avoid a delay penalty on third-and-7 from the Giants’ 26.
10:56 Kaepernick throws behind Crabtree on third down. Incomplete. Crabtree pouts as he walks off the field. Dawson makes a 44-yard field goal and the score is 9-7 Niners.
10:59 Parker returns the kickoff to the Giants’ 30.
11:01 Larry Donnell jumps and catches a 29-yard pass over Michael Wilhoite’s head on third-and-4 from the 36.
11:03 Aldon Smith has had zero impact on this game so far.
11:03 As I type that, Smith hits Manning as he throws into the end zone. Incomplete.
11:04 Manning throws a pass right to Michael Wilhoite on third-and-7. Interception. Niners’ ball at their 15. Bad Eli seems to have showed up today.
11:11 Kaepernick’s pass to Crabtree is broken up on third-and-12. Beckham returns the punt 4 yards to the Giants’ 19. Damontre Moore is flagged for a blindside block, so the Giants start at their 9 after the two-minute warning.
11:24 Beckham drops a first-down catch at midfield on third-and-12 from the Giants’ 34. The Giants down the punt at the 49ers’ 31.
11:25 Kaepernick kneels and the first half ends.
11:25 Kaepernick threw 7 passes to Crabtree, four to Boldin and none to Stevie Johnson or Brandon Lloyd in the first half. It’s clear the 49ers are trying to placate Crabtree’s complaints about being just a third option.
11:35 The 49ers averaged 4.5 yards per play in the first half. The Giants averaged 5.8 yards per play. Manning’s two interceptions are the difference in this game.
11:36 Curious to see if Roman saved anything for the second half. He better have.