This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 5 road game against the New York Giants. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
4:00 The 49ers’ inactives are:
4:02 The Giants’ inactives are:
4:05 The Niners just announced Vance McDonald will start for Vernon Davis at tight end, and Corey Lemonier will start for Ahmad Brooks at outside linebacker.
4:06 The Niners apparently did not make any changes to their starting offensive line.
4:44 If the Niners win, they will have the same record as the Seahawks and Rams.
4:48 Crazy to think the Seahawks should be 1-4.
5:10 The Giants have the worst pass defense in the NFL. If Colin Kaepernick struggles tonight, the Niners have to bench him at halftime. No choice.
5:28 The Niners win the toss and defer, clearly trying to avoid another early deficit.
5:38 Chryst’s adjustment seems to be throwing to Bruce Ellington. Kaepernick completed two passes on the opening drive, both to Ellington, both on screen passes. The first one gained 31 yards, and the second one gained nine.
5:44 Tramaine Brock bites on a play-action fake and gives up a 49-yard catch to Odell Beckham. Three plays later on third-and-goal from the 3, Ian Williams stops running back Andre Williams for no gain. The field goal is good, and the score is tied at 3.
5:54 On third-and-7 from the 22, Kaepernick scrambles and picks up nine. On third-and-8 from the 33, Kaepernick scrambles and gets sacked.
5:56 Carlos Hyde has 18 rushing yards on six carried through the first two drives.
6:01 The 49ers are flagged for having 12 men on the field before the end of the first quarter. New York faces third-and-six from their 48 when the second quarter begins.
6:03 On the previous third down, the Giants went after NaVorro Bowman, and Manning completed a five-yard pass to tight end Larry Donnel to move the chains.
6:07 On third-and-goal from the one, Manning throws a touchdown pass to Shane Vereen, who beats Bowman on an out route. 10-3 Giants.
6:08 On that drive, Odell Beckham made four catches, including a 31-yard catch over the middle. Jaquiski Tartt was the closest defender.
6:10 Giants linebacker Jon Beason is out with a concussion. Carlos Hyde hit him in the side of the helmet.
6:16 On third-and-14 from the Niners’ 27, Geep Chryst calls a screen pass for Garrett Celek. Ugh! Niners punt.
6:19 Kaepernick hasn’t thrown a pass more than eight yards downfield.
6:25 Dwayne Harris beats Jimmie Ward with a slant route on third-and-4 from the Niners’ 23, but Harris drops the ball. Josh Brown makes a 41-yard field goal, and the score is 13-3 Giants.
6:26 New York’s offense is 5-for-7 on third down.
6:27 Manning’s passer rating is 113.4. The Niners’ outside cornerbacks can’t cover the Giants’ outside receivers man to man.
6:30 The Niners’ running game won’t work if Geep Chryst never calls a shot downfield.
6:40 On third-and-1 from the Giants’ 5, Kaepernick rolls right and overthrows Boldin in the end zone. Phil Dawson makes the field goal, and the score is 13-6 Giants. Chryst called zero runs on that drive.
6:47 Jimmie Ward gives up an 18-yard catch to Dwayne Harris on first-and-10 from the Niners’ 32. Giants face first-and-10 from the 14 with 11 seconds left in the half after a 49ers timeout.
6:48 Tramaine Brock picks off a pass intended for Beckham in the end zone.
6:49 The Niners are still in this game. Can they score a touchdown?
7:08 Manning throws a grounder on third-and-3 from the Niners’ 47. Hayne makes a fair catch at his 12-yard line.
7:11 Chance for the Niners to tie the game.
7:18 Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass to Boldin on second-and-goal from the three. An 88-yard drive. Score is 13-13.
7:25 Right tackle Marshall Newhouse is flagged for holding on first down, and the Giants go three-and-out. The Niners have all the momentum. Time for them to take the lead.
7:31 The Niners go three-and-out after back-to-back incomplete passes to Carlos Hyde, who seems injured.
7:31 On first-and-10 from the Niners’ 17, Manning throws a short pass to Beckham, who jukes Kenneth Acker and beats Michael Wilhoite in a race to the end zone. 20-13 Giants.
7:42 Colin Kaepernick wastes a timeout right before the end of the third quarter.
7:43 Kaepernick completes a seven-yard pass over the middle to Boldin on third-and-four, and the third quarter ends.
7:51 On third-and-goal from the 5, Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass over the middle to Garrett Celek. Great throw. Game tied at 20.
7:55 Giants start from their 21-yard line with 11:44 left.
7:57 Beckham has a hamstring injury and is questionable.
8:05 The Giants kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 from the 5. 23-20 Giants, 4:29 left in the fourth quarter.
8:17 Landon Collins drops an interception on first-and-goal, and Carlos Hyde bursts into the end zone on second-and-goal. 27-23 with 1:45 left.
8:18 Chryst and Mangini have been fantastic tonight.
8:22 Manning completes a 16-yard pass over the middle to Vereen, and the Giants call their second timeout. First-and-10 at the Niners’ 44 with 50 seconds left.
8:24 Brock intercepts Manning for the second time, but the ball appears to have hit the ground. The officials are reviewing the play.
8:26 They change their ruling to incomplete pass.
8:27 Beckham is back.
8:28 On third-and-10, Manning completes a screen pass to Vereen who runs for 25 yards.
8:30 Manning completes a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Larry Donnell, who caught the ball over Bowman. 30-27 Giants with 21 seconds left.
8:32 Vereen: 8 catches for 86 yards and 1 touchdown.
8:34 Kaepernick throws the ball away on first down. 11 seconds left.
8:35 Kaepernick runs out of bounds for a two-yard loss on second down. Four seconds left.
8:35 Kaepernick completes a seven-yard pass to Boldin with the game on the line. Giants win. Stay tuned for grades.