SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the first quarter of the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
1:03 The Rams win the toss and defer.
1:05 Bruce Ellington takes a knee in the end zone.
1:12 Colin Kaepernick uses the 49ers’ first timeout to avoid a Delay of Game penalty on third-and-10 from the Rams’ 21. The play before, Kaepernick threw a pass right to Lamarcus Joyner but he dropped it. Vernon Davis was open but Kaepernick was locked on Anquan Boldin.
1:15 Kaepernick throws deep into double coverage for Michael Crabtree on third-and-10. The pass sails out of bounds. Incomplete.
1:16 Phil Dawson makes a 34-yard field goal and the score is 3-0. Kaepernick completed three passes on that drive — one to Ellington on a bubble screen, one to Crabtree on a square in and one to Carlos Hyde on a check down. Frank Gore rushed thrice for 10 yards.
1:19 Bennie Cunningham returns Dawson’s short kickoff 19 yards to the Rams’ 25.
1:21 Austin Davis scrambles and throws the ball away on thrd-and-6 and the Rams go three and out. Little Schotty didn’t call one run for a tailback on that series.
1:22 Ellington returns the punt to the 49ers’ 23.
1:25 Anthony Davis gives up a sack on first down and Kaepernick almost throws a pick on second down. Third and 17.
1:27 Kaepernick scrambles up the middle for 2 yards on third down. Alex Boone is flagged for illegal hands to the face but the Rams decline it. Andy Lee’s punt rolls out of bounds at the Rams’ 25.
1:38 Austin Davis throws the ball away on third-and-7 from the 49ers’ 19. Greg Zuerlein makes a 37-yard field goal and the score is tied at 3. The Rams’ biggest play on that drive was an 11-yard scramble by Davis on second-and-13. The officials added a 5-yard holding penalty on Jimmie Ward to the end of the run.
1:41 Ellington returns the kick 24 yards to the 49ers’ 20.
1:43 Hyde gains 4 yards on first down, Gore gains 11 yards on second down and the first quarter. First and 10 from the 49ers’ 35 when the second quarter starts.