SAN FRANCISCO — This is the live blog for the third quarter of the 49ers’ Week 6 game against the Giants. I’ll update this frequently with observations and analysis from the press box.
3:02 The 49ers are losing 10-3. The Giants will receive the ball first.
3:03 David Wilson returns the kick 66 yards to the SF 35 yard line before he’s tackled by Perrish Cox. The kick coverage has been terrible this season. They need Blake Costanzo.
3:08 Bradshaw rushed 11 yards to set up first and goal from the five. Then Manning handed off to Bradshaw three times in a row, and on the third time Bradshaw jumped over the pile to score a 1-yard TD. It was clear Kevin Gilbride wanted to run that TD in and send a message that the 49ers are not tougher than the Giants today. 17-3 Giants.
3:09 The 49ers have hit Manning just twice.
3:16 Leonard Davis jumps offside on third and 1.
3:16 On third and six, Smith sails a pass over Manningham’s head, Antrell Rolle picks it off and returns it 20 yard to the SF 12.
3:18 On second and ten, Manning throws a pass right to Rogers’ stomach but Rogers drops it.
3:19 On third and ten Manning throws behind Hixon in the end zone. Tynes on the field to attempt a 30-yard field goal.
3:19 Tynes makes it. 20-3 Giants with 9:51 left in the third quarter.
3:20 Down 17 points, Greg Roman now has to call passing plays. He should have called more running plays in the first half.
3:25 On second and 4, Linval Joseph beats Alex Boone to sack Alex Smith. On third and 11 Smith gets flagged for delay of game. On third and 16 Smith throws behind Crabtree, Rolle picks off the pass and returns it to the 49ers’ 5 yard line. That’s Smith’s third pick of the game. This the worst game Smith has played in a couple of seasons.
3:28 The Giants go three-and-out and Tynes makes a 22 yard field goal. 23-3 Giants with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Alex Smith has to pass the 49ers back into this game, and his QB rating today is 29.4.
3:30 Skip Bayless just tweeted: “Alex Smith is turning back into Alex Smith.”
3:31 Roman called a read option play for Smith on first down. He gained no yards. Roman’s going to have to do better than that.
3:32 Smith play fakes and hits Randy Moss deep for a 55-yard gain. Perfect deep pass.
3:33 Kaepernick comes in the game and loses 11 yards on first down. Pierre-Paul sacked him. Smith is back.
3:34 Smith throws a short pass high over Walker’s head and it’s almost picked off. Third and 21.
3:35 Smith completes a check down pass to Hunter for 6 yards, and they’re going for it on fourth and 15.
3:35 Smith completes a short pass to Vernon Davis who gets tackled 8 yards shy of the first down marker. Horrible decision by Smith there. He didn’t give the offense a good chance to convert that fourth down. Giants ball at their 27 yard line. 2:54 left in the third quarter.
3:39 Joe Staley has a concussion and he is out of this game.
3:40 The Giants punt with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Touchback. The 49ers will start this drive at their 20. They need a touchdown.
3:41 Boone is the left tackle and Leonard Davis is the right guard.
3:44 Alex Smith completes a 12 yard pass to Crabtree on the first play of the drive. The Roman takes Smith out and brings Kaepernick in. He completes a 7 yard pass to Crabtree. Then he sails a pass over Randy Moss’ head. Then Kaepernick loses a yard on an option run. That’s how the quarter ended. None of Greg Roman’s play calls are working. His trick plays worked against the Jets and the Bills but they aren’t working against the Giants.
3:48 Phil Barber just tweeted: “Alex Smith’s current passer rating of 42.1 would be his lowest since Nov. 4, 2007, vs Falcons.”