SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the third quarter of the 49ers’ irrelevant Week 17 game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
3:09 Tony Jerod-Eddie returns the kickoff to the Niners’ 26.
3:13 Alfonso Smith drops a screen pass on third-and-13 from the Niners’ 39. Andy Lee’s punt bounces to the Cardinals’ 13.
3:27 Ryan Lindley throws a pick right to Chris Culliver on third-and-6 from the Niners’ 47. Looks like Lindley expected John Brown to cut in and Brown kept running deep. Niners’ ball at their 18 after an illegal block by Dontae Johnson.
3:34 Kaepernick throws a touchdown pass to Boldin on third-and-goal from the 9, but Marcus Martin is flagged for a chop block. Rough rookie season for the third-round pick. Third-and-goal from the 24.
3:36 Next play, Tommy Kelly is flagged for illegal hands to the face. Automatic first down.
3:38 On first-and-goal from the 3, Harbaugh calls timeout before Alfonso Smith scores a touchdown. Good timeout, Jim.
3:40 Kaepernick play fakes, rolls right and hits a wide open Bruce Miller in the back right corner of the end zone. 20-17 Niners.
3:44 Ted Ginn trips on the grass and falls down at the Cardinals’ 15 on the kick return.
3:45 Wilhoite tackles Marion Grice for a three-yard loss on first down, and the third quarter ends.