SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the 49ers’ irrelevant Week 17 game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
2:00 Anquan Boldin makes a one-handed catch for a gain of five yards on third-and-2.
2:04 Marcus Martin is flagged for holding on second-and-10 from the Cardinals’ 37. Three plays later, Phil Dawson makes a 53-yard field goal. 10-7 Niners.
2:12 John Brown beats Marcus Cromartie for a 19-yard catch on third-and-9. Two plays later, Michael Floyd makes a 27-yard catch near the left sideline. Jim Harbaugh is challenging that play. He think Floyd was out of bounds.
2:15 The officials confirm their ruling. It’s a catch.
2:15 Tank Carradine sacks Ryan Lindley on first-and-10 from the Niners’ 24. Loss of 8.
2:17 Two plays later, Michael Wilhoite picks off Lindley at the Niners’ 25.
2:23 Colin Kaepernick throws the ball away on second-and-11 and third-and-11. Phil Dawson will attempt a 37-yard field goal.
2:24 It’s good. 13-7 Niners.
2:25 Two good plays on that drive — a 20-yard completion to Michael Crabtree on third-and-8, and a 35-yard completion to Quinton Patton on first-and-10. On the throw to Patton, Kaepernick rolled out to his right and threw deep to his left. That’s a John Elway throw.
2:27 The Cardinals are flagged for holding during the kickoff. First-and-10 from their 10.
2:28 Lindley almost throws another pick on the first play of this drive, but Chris Culliver drops the ball.
2:29 Next play, Dontae Johnson gives up a 12-yard catch to Michael Floyd. First down.
2:30 Next play, Rob Housler catches a 20-yard pass over the middle. He was wide open.
2:32 Five plays later, Chris Culliver gives up an 18-yard catch to John Brown on second-and-8 from the Niners’ 33.
2:34 In case you missed it, Alax Flanagan, who spoke with Jed York for 20 minutes on the field before the game, is reporting that Justin Smith will retire after this game.
2:38 Marcus Cromartie breaks up a pass intended for Floyd in the end zone on third-and-12. The Cardinals make a 36-yard field goal and the score is 13-10 Niners.
2:41 Holliday returns the kickoff to the Niners’ 30. There is 1:29 left in the half.
2:42 Mike Iupati is flagged for holding on first down. Man, is he overrated or what?
2:46 The Niners go three-and-out. The Cardinals get the ball back at their 25 with 58 seconds left.
2:47 First play, Lindley completes a 21-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald, who runs out of bounds. Bruce Arians and Tom Moore are relentlessly aggressive.
2:48 Two plays later, Dontae Johnson gives up a 13-yard catch to John Brown.
2:49 Next play, Dontae Johnson bites on a double move and gives up a 41-yard touchdown catch to Floyd. Craig Dahl was late getting over. The officials are reviewing the play to see if Floyd went out of bounds at the 1-yard line.
2:51 The officials confirm the ruling on the field — touchdown. 17-13 Cardinals, 36 seconds left in the half.
2:53 Holliday returns the kick to the Niners’ 25.