SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the 49ers’ Week 2 game against the Bears. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
6:20 Cutler fakes a handoff to Holmes on a jet sweep and pitches the ball to Forte who gains seven yards and a first down around the left side of the Bears’ offense.
6:21 Cutler has forever in the pocket to throw and overthrows an open Marshall. Cutler looks scared.
6:21 Next play, Cutler stares down Marshall and throws to him late on a comeback route and Perrish Cox easily breaks up the pass. Third and 10.
6:22 Next play, Cutler floats a perfect pass over Patrick Willis to Martellus Bennett for a 22-yard gain. Harbaugh is challenging the ruling.
6:26 Call reversed. Bennett was juggling the pass when he had his feet in bounds.
6:27 The Bears punt the ball into the end zone. Touchback.
6:29 Gore gains 7 yards on a weak lead on first down and gains two yards on a trap play on second down. Bruce Miller gains nothing on a third down run up the gut. The 49ers commit a delay of game penalty on fourth down.
6:30 The Bears are flagged for holding during the punt return. Bears’ ball at their 13.
6:35 Justin Smith sacks Cutler on third-and-9 from the 14.
6:36 Raise your hand if you expected the Bears to score more than 13 points.
6:36 Ellington fumbles the punt and recovers it at midfield.
6:38 This game is painful to watch. Zero continuity or flow. Over-officiating and ticky-tack calls.
6:38 First play, Kaepernick stares down Boldin who’s running a deep post. Kaepernick throws to Boldin and Chris Conte makes a diving interception. Bears’ ball at their 32.
6:41 The Bears gain one yard and punt.
6:42 The Bears committed three fouls on the punt return. The 49ers accept the holding penalty. The Bears have to re-kick. Wow, this game.
6:44 Borland is flagged for holding on the return. Niners start at their 15. Every play there’s a penalty.
6:45 There have been 125 yards of total offense between the two teams in this game.
6:48 Boldin is flagged for holding, which brings back a 54-yard touchdown run by Gore.
6:50 Kaepernick fumbles and the Bears recover at their 20. Kaepernick kept the ball on a read-option, ran left, took a shot and coughed it up. He has turned the ball over two possessions in a row. He played better the last game against the Bears.
6:53 Cutler fumbles the snap. Lynch could have fallen on the ball at the Bears’ 3 yard line but he tried to pick it up and run it and missed it. The Bears fall on it at their 2. Third and 28.
6:54 Cutler throws deep for Jeffery and Cox dives and drops the interception. The Bears punt from their end zone, but not before they commit a delay of game penalty. Fourth and 29 from the 1.
6:55 Ellington catches the punt at the Bears 48 and returns it to the Bears’ 30.
6:58 Gore cuts back a read-option carry into a wide open hole and scores an 8-yard TD run. 17-0 Niners with 2:22 left in the first half.
7:00 Vance McDonald has a knee injury and his return his questionable. Derek Carrier made a tough 22-yard catch in the middle of the field during that drive. He took a shot from Charles Tillman as he caught the ball.
7:01 Touchback. Bears’ ball at their 20. They lave fewer than 40 yards of total offense.
7:02 Cutler completes a 10-yard pass to Bennett in the middle of the field on first down and it’s the two-minute warning.
7:08 Cox is flagged for illegal contact on third and 10 from the 49ers’ 40. Automatic first down.
7:09 Next play, Forte is flagged for illegal touching. Next play, Quinton Dial is flagged for roughing the passer. Flags three plays in a row.
7:12 Brandon Marshall makes a falling one-handed 17-yard touchdown catchcatch over Jimmie Ward. 17-7 Niners with 13 seconds left in the half.
7:17 Kaepernick throws a deep line drive behind Ellington and the half ends.
7:29 17 penalties and 3 reviews in the first half. Disgusting.