This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason game against the Houston Texans. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
4:45 These players will not play tonight:
WR Dres Anderson
ILB Nick Bellore
ILB NaVorro Bowman
RB Reggie Bush
TE Vernon Davis
DE Darnell Dockett
WR Bruce Ellington
RB Kendall Hunter
C Daniel Kilgore
OLB Aaron Lynch
WR DeAndre Smelter
DB Jimmie Ward
ILB Philip Wheeler
ILB Michael Wilhoite
4:51 Why will 34-year-old Anquan Boldin play tonight and 31-year-old Vernon Davis will not?
4:57 Shayne Skov will start at inside linebacker in place of NaVorro Bowman, according to Jayson Braddock of ESPN 97.5 Houston.
5:04 Here’s what you need to watch during tonight’s game.
5:06 Houston receives the first kickoff.
5:13 On third-and-8, Texans quarterback Bryan Hoyer completes a pass over the middle to wide receiver Cecil Shorts, who runs through San Francisco’s zone defense for a 58-yard touchdown. The Texans go for the two-point conversion and Hoyer throws a fade pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who beats cornerback Shareece Wright for the score. 8-0 Texans.
5:17 Nick Moody gave up a 9-yard catch to tight end Garrett Graham on that drive. The run defense also gave up a 14-yard run to Alfred Blue on a draw.
5:20 The Niners start at their 5-yard line after an illegal wedge penalty.
5:22 Colin Kaepernick overthrows a deep pass to Torrey Smith on first-and-10 from the Niners’ 18. On third-and-7 Kaepernick scrambles to the sideline and throws the ball away.
5:23 On that drive the Niners ran twice, both times to the left. The results: First, a holding penalty by tight end Vance McDonald. Second, a three-yard gain by Carlos Hyde.
5:26 Ryan Mallett in at quarterback.
5:31 Running back Alfred Blue gains eight yards on a stretch run to the right on third-and-1, then gains 34 yards on a stretch run to the left on first-and-10.
5:33 Nose tackle Mike Purcell tackles Blue for a three-yard loss on second-and-goal from the 1.
5:33 The Niners blitz on third-and-goal, Mallett throws the ball up to a receiver in the end zone and Tramaine Brock is flagged for pass interference.
5:35 Nick Moody makes back-to-back tackles at the line of scrimmage on second- and third-and-goal.
5:38 The Niners run defense stuffed five runs from the one-yard line just now.
5:38 Make that six runs. Shayne Skov tackles Blue at the one-yard line on fourth-and-goal. Unbelievable goal-line stand.
5:40 Blaine Gabbert in at quarterback.
5:42 Kendall Gaskins gains four yards on a lead run to the right on first down, and Jarryd Hayne gains just two yards on a stretch run to the left on second-and-6.
5:46 Jarryd Hayne runs through a huge hole on a stretch run to the left and gains 53 yards.
5:47 Two plays later, tight end Garrett Celek catches an underneath pass, breaks a tackle and runs into the end zone. The extra point is good. 8-7 Texans.
5:56 Mallett tries a quarterback snake on third-and-three, and gains only 2. Seriously? Houston punts to Hayne, who gains 11 yards.
6:03 Phil Dawson makes a 43-yard field goal and the score is 10-8 Niners. Jerome Simpson had a 25-yard catch-and-run on that drive, and Hayne rushed three times for eight yards.
6:07 Gabbert’s in rhythm against Houston’s second-string defense. Getting plays off quickly and throwing the ball on time.
6:10 Tank Carradine flagged for roughing the passer on second-and-9.
6:11 ILB Desmond Bishop tackles running back Jonathan Grimes for a three-yard loss on second-and-five.
6:14 Hayne makes two defenders miss and gains 13 yards on the punt return.
6:19 The Niners go three-and-out after Hayne drops a pass on first down, and Gabbert runs into a sack on second down.
6:20 Rookie defensive end Arik Armstead gets pressure on first-down. He already seems better than Tank Carradine, who’s beginning to seem like a bust.
6:25 The 49ers’ pass defense gave up 10.5 yards per attempt in the first half. Poor coverage and an ineffective pass rush.
6:35 Hayne returns the kickoff to the 26.
6:38 On third-and-15, Gabbert throws a two-yard pass to running back Mike Davis, who drops the ball.
6:45 Jaelen Strong beats Marcus Cromartie for a 10-yard touchdown catch on third-and-7. 15-10 Houston. They have completed 14-of-18 passes in this game.
6:48 DeAndrew White returns the kickoff to the Niners’ 15-yard line.
6:48 Dylan Thompson in at quarterback.
6:52 Thompson takes a sack on first down, then takes a sack in the end zone on third down. 17-10 Texans.
7:00 Slot cornerback Keith Reaser blitzes and knocks down Tom Savage’s pass on third-and-four.
7:03 Thompson takes another sack, this time on second down, and the Niners go three-and-out.
7:07 Savage throws out of bounds on fourth-and-2.
7:11 Thompson throws a five-yard pass on third-and-6, and the Niners go three-and-out.
7:25 The Texans make a 41-yard field goal. 20-10 Houston. Texans’ quarterbacks have comebined to post a passer rating of 116.8.