SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the second quarter of the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
1:48 Frank Gore gains nothing on first down, Kaepernick throws the ball away on second down and gets sacked on third down. Marcus Martin and Mike Iupati whiffed. Rams’ ball at their 25 after the punt.
1:50 Next play, Davis rolls out and throws a pick right to Antoine Bethea. Why is Little Schotty calling passes on first down? Too cute. 49ers’ ball at the Rams’ 35.
1:53 On third and 2, Kaepernick play fakes and rolls right. Rookie cornerback Marcus Roberson follows Kaepernick and leaves his man, Anquan Boldin. Kaepernick spots Boldin wide open and hits him for an easy touchdown. 10-3 Niners. Davis’ interception took the wind out of the Rams’ sails.
1:56 Jimmie Ward tackles Bennie Cunningham at the Rams’ 32 on the kick return.
2:01 Davis scrambles on first and 20 near midfield and spots Kenny Britt wide open down the right sideline. Davis underthrows him by 10 yards, throws the ball right to Perrish Cox. Pick. 49ers’ ball at their 39. Put in Shaun Hill.
2:09 Robert Quinn beats Joe Staley and sacks Kaepernick on third-and-3 from the Rams’ 43. Andy Lee punts. Touchback. Quinn beat Staley and sacked Kaepernick earlier on this drive as well.
2:12 Austin Davis still is in.
2:14 Davis scrambles and gets sacked by Aaron Lynch on third-and-14 from the 16. Davis overthrew an open Jared Cook over the middle on second-and-9. 49ers’ ball at their 41 after the punt. 2:39 left in the half.
2:17 Quinn beats Staley, sacks Kaepernick and forces a fumble on second-and-2. Rams recover at the 49ers’ 36. Roman called an empty-backfield pass on that play. Why go empty backfield when the offensive line cannot pass protect? Bad play calling by Roman. Five sacks already.
2:21 Davis completes a pass to Kenny Britt in the left flat and he jogs into the end zone untouched for a 21-yard TD. 10-10 with 1:04 left in the first half.
2:23 Ellington returns the kick to the 49ers’ 33.
2:27 Eugene Sims beats Marcus Martin and sacks Kaepernick for a 3-yard loss on second-and-10 from the Rams’ 35.
2:29 Dawson misses the field goal short. Tavon Austin catches the ball in the end zone, runs the ball out of the end zone with no time on the clock and gets tackled right at the goal line. How stupid can you be? All he had to do was down the ball. The officials ruled Austin down at the 1. They’re reviewing the play. Both teams are in their locker rooms.
2:31 The officials rule Austin’s forward progress had been stopped at the 1 yard line. Makeup call for earlier when the officials ruled Frank Gore’s forward progress had been stopped before he fumbled. Should have been a safety.
2:37 49ers played ugly football in the first half. Hard to explain. They’re coming off a Bye. They should be fresher, more crisp.