This is the live blog for the third quarter of the 49ers’ Week 10 road game against the Saints. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
11:48 Carlos Hyde returns the kickoff to the 49ers’ 22-yard line.
11:53 Colin Kaepernick sprints to his right and throws a rocket to Boldin running a three-yard out route on third-and-three from the 49ers’ 49. The pass is high and away from Boldin. He lunges for it and but can’t catch it. The 49ers punt. Saints’ ball at their 16.
11:59 Perrish Cox tackles Jimmy Graham two yards short of the first down marker on third-and-9 from the Saints’ 40. 49ers’ ball at their 20 after the touchback.
12:04 Boldin drops a deep pass down the middle of the field on third-and-15 from the Niners’ 15. Andy Lee punts. Colin Kaepernick took a sack on first down. Roman called a play-action deep shot. Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis were the only receivers in the pass pattern and they were covered. Instead of throwing the ball away, Kaepernick tried to scramble and took a 10-yard loss.
12:10 Eric Reid is down holding his right ankle. He misses one play.
12:16 Reid and Michael Wilhoite blitz on third-and-6 from the 49ers’ 11. Drew Brees spins and makes both of them miss. Then he throws a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham. Unbelievable. 21-17 Niners.
12:21 Boldin runs a slant on third-and-5. Kaepernick throws it to him and Keenan Lewis knocks the pass away. Niners go three and out.
12:24 Quinton Dial and Chris Borland stop Mark Ingram for no gain on third-and-1 from the Saints’ 33, and the third quarter ends.