SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the 49ers’ Week 16 game against the Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
6:08 On second-and-16, Colin Kaepernick draws the Chargers offside for the second time. Next play, Frank Gore gains 8 yards on a stronside lead run. Third-and-3 from the 14.
6:09 Next play, Kaepernick fakes a handoff to Ellington on a fly sweep, then runs around the right side for six yards. First and goal at the 8.
6:10 Kaepernick play fakes, rolls left and hits a wide open Ellington. Touchdown. 14-0 Niners. Great play call by Greg Roman. It’s always a good idea to call play-action roll-out passes for Kaepernick. Making him to roll to his left in that situation was clever. The Niners usually roll him to his right. That play was the first time they rolled him to his left in this game.
6:19 Rivers throws another perfect pass to a 49er, this time Antoine Bethea. Hehe jogs into the end zone. 21-0 Niners.
6:21 The defense did just fine the first series without Reid.
6:27 Antonio Gates beats Dontae Johnson for a 28-yard catch on third-and-4.
6:30 Eddie Royal finds an open window in the Niners’ zone defense and Rivers hits him for an easy touchdown. 21-7 Niners. Craig Dahl was slow to get over to Royal.
6:33 Ellington returns the kickoff to the Niners’ 36.
6:33 If Reid has a concussion, it would be the third of his two-year career.
6:52 Ellington scores from 1-yard out on a fly sweep. 28-7 Niners.
6:53 Reid has a concussion and is out. That’s the third concussion of his career.
6:59 Ellington is explosive. Michael Crabtree is not. The Niners should have benched Crabtree months ago.