SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ preseason game against the Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
10:44 I’m looking down at the new field and I see faint lines in the grass about a yard apart. It looks like the 49ers laid down the new sod in strips.
11:28 I’m standing ten feet away from the new field. Chunks of sod and sand are flying into the air as players plant and cut. Footing does not look good.
11:33 Anquan Boldin just cut hard and almost fell. The grass gave out under his feet. Now there’s a big divot. Boldin walked over to Kaepernick and pointed to the divot. Kaepernick shook his head.
12:23 I passed Jed York when I was walking to the field. Janie McCauley asked him how the field is. York said, “Awesome!” and gave a thumbs up.
12:33 Patrick Willis, Tramaine Brock and Aldon Smith are in uniform and warming up with the starting defense.
12:37 Anthony Davis is not in uniform.
12:38 Patrick Willis is the starting Jack and Michael Wilhoite is the starting Mike.
12:39 Chris Borland is the backup Jack and Nick Moody is the backup Mike.
12:54 There’s an ice cream sundae station in the press box. I repeat: There’s an ice cream sundae station in the press box.
1:08 Brandon Lloyd is not in uniform.
1:09 The 49ers’ captains today are Ray McDonald, Mike Iupati and Kassim Osgood.
1:09 The 49ers win the toss and choose to receive the opening kickoff.
1:11 LaMichael slips and falls on the opening kickoff. His left foot slipped on the grass. Bruce Miller returns the kickoff to the 21.
1:14 The 49ers’ go three-and-out. Frank Gore loses two yards on a sweep to the left side on first down. Kaepernick throws high and behind Vance McDonald down the middle of the field on second down. Kaepernick scrambles and fumbles and the Chargers recover on third-and-12. The officials rule Kaepernick down by contact and the Chargers challenge.
1:17 The officials rule that it was a fumble but there was no clear evidence of which team recovered the ball, so the 49ers punt. Eddie Royal returns it to the Chargers’ 24.
1:21 Eric Reid makes a nice tackle on third-and-two. Ryan Matthews caught a pass in the flat and Reid tackled him after gaining only one yard. Chris Culliver gave up a catch to Keenan Allen and missed a tackle on the same play during that drive. The 49ers’ offense will start drive No.2 from their own 15.
1:26 Kaepernick drops back on second-and-nine, gets blind-sided, fumbles and the Chargers recover at the 49ers’ 14. Mike Iupati got beat by Corey Liuget who forced the fumble. That’s Kaepernick’s second fumble in two drives.
1:29 Philip Rivers hands off to Ryan Matthews on fourth-and-1 and Michael Wilhoite tackles him for no gain. 49ers’ ball at their 5.
1:32 Kaepernick drops back on first down and takes a hit as he throws downfield for Vernon Davis. The passes misses him by 20 yards and falls incomplete. Joe Staley gave up the pressure. Kaepernick has taken three big hits already in this game.
1:33 The 49ers are trying to run Carlos Hyde up the middle and getting nowhere. Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney are getting no push against the Chargers’ starting defensive line.
1:34 The Chargers’ starting nose tackle, Kwame Geathers, is injured. He’s about to get carted off but he’s not on a stretcher. Third-and-8 from the 49ers’ 7 yard line when play resumes.
1:37 Kaepernick hits Boldin on a slant for a 10-yard gain. First down.
1:38 Kaepernick drops back on third-and-nine and gets blasted again by Liuget mid-throw. Iupati gave up the pressure. Chargers’ ball at their 29 after the punt.
1:45 Rivers completes an 11-yard pass to Antonio Gates on third-and-five. Michael Wilhoite got beat. The 49ers are challenging because they feel Gates dropped the ball.
1:46 Aldon Smith has missed two tackles so far.
1:46 Chris Culliver broke up a deep pass intended for backup tight end Ladarius Green on this drive.
1:47 The officials uphold the catch and charge the 49ers with their first timeout.
1:50 Philip Rivers calmly rolls out of the pocket to his left and throws a 25-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Ryan Matthews, but Keenan Allen was flagged for a block in the back at the goal line so the Chargers face first-and-goal at the 10.
1:53 Next play, Rivers hits Gates who was wide open in the end zone. Easy. Craig Dahl got beat on the play. 7-0 Chargers. Rivers threw two TD passes on that drive.
1:54 Now the 49ers have been outscored by 61 points in the preseason.
1:55 James slips on the grass during the kick return and is tagged down at the 24.
1:56 James gains three yards up the middle and the first quarter ends.
1:58 Adam Snyder replaced Joe Looney at RG.
2:05 Kaepernick gets his pass knocked down at the line of scrimmage on first-and-10 from the 18 and then two plays later on third-and-14 from the 22. Phil Dawson makes the field goal and the score is 7-3 Chargers. Kaepernick was 5-for-5 on the drive before he got to the red zone. In the red zone he was 0-for-2.
2:07 Daniel Kilgore got beat by Corey Liuget on second-and-10 from the Chargers’ 18. Liuget tackled James for a loss of four.
2:10 Kaepernick completed two passes to running backs on that drive.
2:11 The 49ers’ second-string defense is on the field. Chargers ball at their 20.
2:14 Mike Purcell tackles Donald Brown for a one-yard loss on third-and-1 and the Chargers go three-and-out. 49ers’ ball at their 21 after the punt.
2:15 Blaine Gabbert is in the game with the starting offensive line minus Iupati. Gabbert’s receivers are Stevie Johnson and Quinton Patton.
2:19 Gabbert throws to Patton on third-and-1 and Patton isn’t looking. Incomplete. Craig Dahl downs Andy Lee’s punt at the Chargers’ 21.
2:23 Perrish Cox breaks up a pass intended for Dontrelle Inman and the Chargers go three-and-out again. Corey Lemonier beat King Dunlap around the edge and hit Kellen Clemens’ arm on first-and-10.
2:26 Gabbert throws a pass behind Vance McDonald on third-and-2 from the 49ers’ 40. McDonald spins around and catches the pass for a 6-yard gain.
2:28 Iupati and Looney are in at guard and Marcus Martin is in at center.
2:33 Gabbert throws a 6-yard TD pass to Vance McDonald. 10-7 Niners. McDonald caught three passes on that drive, and Gabbert completed 6 of 7 pass attempts.
2:35 Bubba Ventrone has a hamstring injury and is out for the rest of the game.
2:36 End of the first half.
2:38 Kaepernick’s passer rating was 64.2. He completed 6 of 12 pass attempts. Rivers’ rating was 135.4. He completed 9 of 10 pass attempts.
2:40 According to Joe Buck, Phil Dawson started limping after his plant foot slipped on the grass.
2:47 About 26 people give or take remain in the stands.
2:48 Dawson is on the field taking practice kicks. Does not seem injured.
2:51 Colton Schmidt kicks a touchback.
2:54 Chris Borland blitzes and sacks Brad Sorensen on third-and-6 from the Chargers’ 34. The 49ers’ four-man rush has generated very little pressure today.
2:56 49ers’ ball at their 25 after the punt.
2:57 Gabbert still is the QB.
3:00 The 49ers go three-and-out. Both of Gabbert’s pass attempts get batted down by defensive backs. Chargers’ ball at their 28 after the punt.
3:03 Aaron Lynch bats down a pass on second-and-7.
3:04 Sorensen overthrows an open Ladarius Green on third down. Moody was covering him. Who is this Sorensen guy? He’s awful. 49ers’ ball at their 40 after the punt.
3:05 Gabbert’s still in.
3:08 Gabbert fumbles the snap and recovers it for a loss of five on first-and-15.
3:09 Gabbert completes a 3-yard pass to Kassim Osgood on third-and-18. The Chargers get the ball at their 20 after the punt.
3:11 Sorensen throws a pass 5 yards over Inman’s head on third-and-two.
3:12 Kenneth Acker is flagged for holding on the punt return. 49ers’ ball at their 9.
3:13 Josh Johnson is in the game.
3:19 Johnson stares down David Reed and throws him a pass that is too high on third-and-6. Chargers’ ball at their 11 after the punt.
3:24 Jimmie Ward picks off a pass that was tipped first by Aaron Lynch and then by Dontae Johnson. 49ers’ ball at the Chargers’ 23. The officials are reviewing the previous play.
3:26 Will Tukuafu is being evaluated for a possible concussion.
3:27 The officials confirm that the pass was intercepted.
3:30 The 49ers face second-and-goal from the 10 when the fourth quarter begins. Johnson completed an eight-yard pass to Bruce Ellington on third-and-4 from the 17.
3:31 Lynch has batted down two passes at the line of scrimmage in this game.
3:33 Crezdon Butler knocks away a pass intended for David Reed in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 10. Dawson makes the short field goal. 13-7 Niners.
3:37 Sorensen holds the ball forever in the pocket and Lynch slaps the ball out of his hands as he’s throwing on third-and-7. The officials are reviewing the play to see if the ball was coming out of Sorensen’s hand before his arm started to move forward. Looks like a fumble to me.
3:40 Not a fumble. The 49ers have no more challenges.
3:48 Marcus Martin is down on the field after a six-yard run up the middle by Glenn Winston.
3:50 He’s getting carted off. He appears to have injured his left knee.
3:55 The call is Sprint Right Option. Johnson hits Lance Lewis to convert the 2-point attempt. 21-7 Niners.
3:53 Glenn Winston bursts threw the line and runs untouched into the end zone for a 27-yard TD. He rushed 6 times for 57 yards on that drive. 19-7 Niners and they’re going for 2.
3:59 Martin has a knee injury and is out for the game.
4:00 On first-and-10, Lynch bats down his fourth pass of the game.
4:00 Tukuafu has a concussion and is out.
4:03 Lynch sacks Sorensen on second-and-6. The Chargers punt two plays later. Lynch is having an excellent game.
4:04 McLeod Bethel-Thompson is in.
4:08 Bethel-Thompson throws deep for David Reed and Reed runs a comeback route on third-and-four. Chargers ball at their 15. I’m heading down to the locker room. Back at you shortly.