This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason game against the Texans. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
4:41 Who thinks Anthony Davis will play?
5:06 Colin Kaepernick is not playing and neither is Frank Gore.
5:07 Kaepernick finishes the 2014 preseason having scored zero touchdowns.
5:07 Texans get the ball first. Case Keenum is their QB.
5:09 The only starting defender who’s playing is Ian Williams.
5:16 The Texans punt after getting just one first down on their first drive. Case Keenum completed a 14-yard pass to Keshawn Martin in front of Darryl Morris on third-and-11. Jim Harbaugh challenged the play thinking Martin got just one foot in bounds, but he got two and Harbaugh’s challenge failed.
5:17 Chase Thomas stood out on that drive. He made two tackles in the backfield on direct hand offs to the offense’s left.
5:20 Blaine Gabbert misses Stevie Johnson on third-and-5 from the 49ers’ 25. Johnson ran an out route and Gabbert threw too high and led him too far. Johnson dove and the pass tipped off his fingers.
5:24 Chris Cook bats away a pass intended for Martin on third-and-8. Cook touched Martin a few times beyond the five-yard mark but the officials didn’t call illegal contact. Maybe they’re dialing back how often they call that penalty.
5:25 Nick Moody made a nick tackle on a first-down draw play, stopping the running back after a two-yard gain.
5:29 Gabbert throws too high for Vance McDonald on third-and-2 and Chris Clemons drops the interception.
5:37 Keenum looks to throw deep into Kenneth Acker’s coverage on third-and-12 but Acker’s all over the receiver, so Keenum looks back to his right and throws over the middle to his second read and Dontae Johnson knocks the pass away. The Texans make a 41-yard field goal and it’s 3-0 Texans.
5:44 The first quarter ends as the 49ers go three-and-out. Daniel Kilgore was flagged for holding on first down. Joe Looney made a nice pulling block in the hole on a strong-side direct hand off to the left on third-and-24 from the 49ers’ 3 yard line. LaMichael James ran through the hole for 17 yards but the 49ers have to punt.
5:51 The Texans go for it on fourth-and-5 from the 49ers’ 35. Tank Carradine beats his man and hits Tom Savage as he completes a short pass to Devier Posey. C.J. Spillman and Shayne Skov tackled him before the first-down marker.
5:54 Nick Moody and Jimmie Ward made nice tackles on that drive. Tank Carradine was flagged for illegal hands to the face on third-and-three.
5:57 The 49ers go three-and-out again. Gabbert runs into a sack on third-and-six.
5:59 Gabbert has completed one of 5 pass attempts for 11 yards. Big night for him.
6:03 Savage badly overthrows a receiver on third-and-6. The Texans make a 53-yard field goal and it’s 6-0.
6:04 Savage has been Gabbert-bad, by the way. Who liked him before the draft?
6:21 Gabbert throws a 14-yard touchdown pass to Asante Cleveland. 7-6 Niners. Cleveland ran a quick out to the right, caught the ball near the sideline, a defender whiffed and Cleveland walked into the end zone. Gabbert converted a third-and-six by throwing a prayer into double coverage. Derek Carrier caught it for a 32-yard gain. Gabbert also converted a third-and-3 with a 4-yard scramble.
6:26 Jimmie Ward blitzes and forces Case Keenum to throw before his receiver turns his head. Chris Cook intercepts the pass and returns it to the Texans’ 13. Josh Johnson is the new QB.
6:27 Johnson completes a pass to a wide open Bruce Ellington in the left flat. Ellington sprints and dives into the end zone. 14-6 Niners.
6:30 The Texans run a couple of draws and the first half ends.
6:33 Cleveland’s catch was the catch of the half. It looked like Michael Crabtree’s catch to beat the University of Texas a few years ago.
6:34 Gabbert’s first-half line: 4 of 11, 60 yards (5.5 ypa), 1 TD, 0 INTs, 85.4 rating. The touchdown throw was a good short throw across the field.
6:43 Quinton Patton played well the first two weeks of training camp and mostly has played poorly since then. Anyone think he won’t make the team?
6:51 Johnson throws low and behind Lance Lewis on third-and-5 from the Texans’ 10. Phil Dawson makes a 28-yard field goal and the 49ers lead 17-6.
6:53 If the 49ers waive Josh Johnson would any team pick him up?
6:57 First play of the Texans drive, Savage drops back and telegraphs a pass to his tight end. Chris Borland, playing the Jack position, jumps the route, picks off the pass and returns it for a touchdown. 24-6 Niners.
7:03 Chase Thomas hits Ronnie Brown in the backfield on second down and the 49ers gang tackle him for no gain. Thomas pressures Savage on third down and Savage throws incomplete and the Texans go three and out. Thomas may not make the 49ers’ final roster, but another team probably will claim him if the 49ers waive him.
7:11 Josh Jonson drives the 49ers to the Texans’ 28 and then throws too far in front of L’Damian Washington on a comeback route. Andre Hal picks off the pass and returns it for a touchdown. 24-13 Niners.
7:17 The 49ers go three and out. Johnson overthrows Washington deep on third-and-4.
7:18 Kassim Osgood is the first one down on the punt coverage unit. He forces a fair catch.
7:19 The third quarter ends. The Texans face third-and-5 when the fourth quarter begins.
7:23 Ellington picks up the punt off the bounce and returns it 44 yards. Ellington is a better returner than James. No question about it.
7:27 Johnson play fakes, rolls left and throws an accurate pass to Kyle Nelson while taking a hit for a 5-yard touchdown. 31-13 Niners.
7:34 The Texans go three-and-out. Nick Moody blitzes and pressures Savage on second down, then Moody tackles Ronnie Brown for a loss.
7:35 Kassim Osgood blocks the punt and the ball bounces out of the back of the end zone. 33-13 Niners. If the Niners cut Osgood wouldn’t some team pick him up? He’s still so good on special teams.
7:38 Johnson throws a perfect 49-yard pass down the right sideline to Lance Lewis on the first play of the drive.
7:40 Johnson play fakes, rolls right and hits Kyle Nelson for a 2-yard TD pass. 40-13 Niners. Johnson has completed 14 of 17 passes and his passer rating is 114.8 despite throwing a pick-6.
7:42 Obvious that Johnson is better than Gabbert. What are the chances Johnson makes the final roster?
7:47 The Texans go three-and-out again. Savage tries to scramble on third-and-2 and Mike Purcell runs him down and sacks him.
7:50 Is Glenn Winston a better running back than LaMichael James. Looks that way to me.
7:55 Josh Johnson takes a knee, the clock hits zero and the 49ers win 40-13.
8:21 Jim Harbaugh just said Blaine Gabbert is having his shoulder x-rayed.