This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason game against the Ravens. I will update this with information and analysis from my living room.
4:34 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
4:37 Bruce Ellington is the starting kick returner. He runs the opening kick to the 49ers’ 27.
4:39 Carlos Hyde explodes up the middle for seven yards on first down.
4:43 The 49ers drive down to the Ravens’ 7 yard line in just five plays, but Jewel Hampton gets stopped at the line of scrimmage on back to back plays and the 49ers have to kick a field goal. 3-0 Niners. Carlos Hyde carried the ball three times on that drive. He gained 7 yards, then 24 yards, then 8 yards. It seems he’s worth his salt so far.
4:54 The Ravens easily drive down the field against the 49ers’ defense and score a touchdown — Bernard Pierce punched it in from 2 yards out. Keep in mind that Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis are not playing. Chris Borland is starting in place of Willis. Borland bit on a play action pass and gave up a 17 yard catch. The 49ers’ run defense gave up a 6 yard run, a 5 yard run, a 7 yard run and another 6 yard run. Jimmie Ward gave up a 12 yard catch to Jacoby Jones on third and five.
4:58 Blaine Gabbert is in the game for Drive No.2.
5:04 Quinton Patton gets flagged for offensive pass interference on third-and-five and the 49ers punt. Stevie Johnson drew a five yard holding penalty and made a six-yard catch on third-and-five. Carlos Hyde gained just five yards on back-to-back runs behind the right side of the 49ers’ offensive line. Joe Looney and Jonathan Martin got pushed backward.
5:10 Tank Carradine just tossed the Ravens’ left guard to the left and sacked Tyrod Taylor on first-and-ten. That was the final play of the first quarter. That looked way too easy.
5:16 The Ravens drove down to the 49ers’ 13 yard line. Then Jimmie Ward blitzed from the slot and tackled Bernard Pierce for a four-yard loss. Next play, Michael Wilhoite blitzed up the middle and sacked Tyrod Taylor. The 49ers have been practicing those blitzes all training camp. The Ravens made the field goal — they’re leading 10-3. Quinton Dial forced a fumble once and burst into the backfield twice on that drive. Dial and Carradine have looked terrific so far. Borland has not looked so good.
5:21 Snyder is in for Iupati on Drive 3.
5:22 Jonathan Martin is playing left tackle. He just got flagged for a false start on second and ten.
5:22 Jewel Hampton drops a screen pass on second and 15.
5:23 Gabbert sails a pass over Patton’s head on third and 15. Gabbert did the same thing on first and 10. That was the first three-and-out of the game for either team.
5:24 Chris Borland makes a terrific tackle on the punt return.
5:25 Quinton Dial forces another fumble and this time the 49ers recover. He is earning himself a key role on this team.
5:30 Gabbert just got picked on second-and-eight. He stared down Derek Carrier who never got open.
5:35 Jimmie Ward was all over Jacoby Jones on third-and-seven and the pass falls incomplete and the Ravens punt. The 49ers’ run defense instantly improved the moment Quinton Dial entered the game. He’s playing Ray McDonald’s position.
5:39 The 49ers just went three and out again. Hampton gained just two yards on first down, Chuck Jacobs dropped a pass on second down and Gabbert threw a pass behind Jacobs on third-and-eight. Jacob caught the pass but gained just seven yards. The 49ers had to punt. Hampton and Gabbert have been horrible so far.
5:43 Nick Moody tackled Justin Forsett after a gain of just one yard. Nice tackle by Moody.
5:50 The Ravens just kicked another field goal and they’re winning 13-3. Lawrence Okoye tackled Justin Forsett after just a one-yard gain on second-and-three from the 49ers’ five. Tyrod Taylor threw a fade pass into the end zone on third and two and Chris Cook never found the ball, but the receiver caught it out of bounds.
5:54 The first half just ended. Blaine Gabbert was 3-for-11. Jim Harbaugh said that Carlos Hyde “ran extremely well.”
6:10 Chris Cooks intercepts a pass while playing zone coverage. He had his eyes on the quarterback all the way and never had to turn and find the ball. Still, good catch.
6:20 Bad first series for Josh Johnson. He misses a deep throw to David Reed, then he throws into triple coverage for Derek Carrier. The 49ers punt.
6:23 Dontae Johnson breaks up a deep pass on third-and-7. He turned his head and found the ball and dropped the interception.
6:31 Josh Johnson fumbles the snap and the Ravens recover. The play before, Bruce Ellington caught a pass in the flat and gained 16 yards.
6:37 Justin Tucker makes a 55-yard field goal and it’s 16-3 Ravens. The 49ers gave up an 8 yard run and a 10 yard run, and Darryl Morris gave up a 5-yard catch and a 17-yard catch on that drive.
6:42 The 49ers go four-and-out and will punt once the fourth quarter begins. Jewel Hampton missed a block on third-and-3 and Josh Johnson got sacked. That’s the second block Hampton has missed in this game. He has been terrible.
6:52 Corey Lemonier sacks Tyrod Taylor. Lawrence Okoye is injured on the play.
7:00 Tyrod Taylor throws a 7-yard TD pass to Jeremy Butler who was being covered by Kenneth Acker. The Ravens have possessed the ball almost two times longer than the 49ers. The Ravens lead 23-3.
7:06 Chuck Jacobs appeared to injure his right knee on the kick return. He’s being carted off the field.
7:11 Bethel-Thompson throws a pass right to Ravens’ CB Dominique Frank and he intercepts it. Bethel-Thompson threw a pass to Frank a few plays earlier but he dropped it.
7:15 It’s the two-minute warning and the 49ers’ defense has given up 230 rushing yards.
7:17 Game over. 49ers lose 23-3. Carlos Hyde was the only offensive player on the 49ers who showed any explosiveness or excitement in the first half.