I just found my seat in the press box at Reliant Stadium. I looked up at the press box from the field and it looked incredibly far away because it’s so high. The set up is very nice, but I’m glad I don’t have a fear of heights. The picture above was taken from my seat actually.
As always, I’ll post the inactives when the PR staff gives them to me around 90 minutes before the start of the game. You can view the injury report for both teams and once the game starts, make sure to view our gameday section for live play-by-play information and stats.
Inactives for San Francisco: QB Nate Davis, WR Micheal Spurlock, S Reggie Smith. S Michael Lewis, C Cody Wallace, WR Brandon Jones, WR Jason Hill, DE Ricky Jean Francois
Houston: QB Dan Orlovsky (3rd), WR Glann Martinez, S Nick Ferguson, CB Fred Bennett, LB Jamie Winborn, G Tutan Reyes, TE Anthony Hill, DT Frank Okam
Andre Davis took a short opening kick out to the 31 where the Texans will start their drive. Parys Haralson flushed Matt Schaub from the pocket on first down and was stopped by Patrick Willis for a short game. Schaub scrambled again on 3rd and 5 but was one yard short of the sticks. Houston punted and the 49ers will begin from the 20.
Michael Crabtree was in the game for the 49ers on their first play. Shaun Hill was sacked by Mario Williams on first down for a loss of 6. On 3rd and 14, Hill threw a screen to Vernon Davis who couldn’t hang on to the ball and the 49ers quickly go three and out. A holding call will back the 49ers up half the distance to the goal. They’ll punt from the 8. Great coverage by Delanie Walker who timed his hit on Davis up perfectly and the Texans’ second drive will begin from their own 43.
Steve Slaton moved the chain on 3rd and 1 for the Texans as they move into SF territory. Slaton reversed his field several times, but was stopped for a 5 yard loss on 1st down. Justin Smith tipped Schaub’s pass on 2nd down and on 3rd, Schaub was under a ton of pressure by Haralson and threw the ball away.
Hill hit Gore for a gain of 6 on first down and then Gore ran for a gain of just 1 on 2nd. On 3rd and 3, Hill’s pass was nearly intercepted along the sideline by Glover Quin. The pass was intended for Davis. Good coverage once again by the 49ers punt team as Michael Robinson brought down Jacoby Jones at the 39.
Schaub hit Owen Daniels for a gain of 31 as he ran a skinny post down the middle. Schaub then hit Kevin Walter for a gain of 9 over the middle. Slaton was stopped for a loss as Spikes and Evans closed on him on 2nd down. On 3rd and 5, Schaub hit Daniels on a crossing route and was brought down by Hudson after a gain of 12. On 3rd and 9, Schaub hit Slaton on a quick swing pass and Slaton got down to the 1 for the first down. Slaton then ran wide right and cut through the defense for the first score of the game. It was an 8 play, 61 yard drive.
Texans 7 – 49ers 0
Robinson returned the kickoff out to the 25. Gore gained just 1 yard on a 1st down run. Jeff Zgonin went past Rachal on 2nd down and brought down Hill. Hill found Crabtree on 3rd and 15, but was stopped for just a 3-yard gain. The 49ers have yet to pick up a first down. A false start on the punt will back them up 5 more yard. Jacoby Jones ran the punt back for a would-be touchdown, but the Texans were flagged for holding and a block in the back. The block in the back call was enforced and will back the Texans up 15 yards. That also brings an end to the first quarter.
The Texans will back up to the SF17 after a false start penalty. Schaub hit Daniels wide left, who was puched out by Goldson after a gain of 6. Spencer continues his strong play, knocking down a pass deep down the left side intended for Slaton. Bly was called for illegal contact on 3rd down and that will bail Houston. I looked up at the replay on the TV and I can’t say that it was a blatant penalty. Schaub tried to hit Joel Dreesen on 2nd down but overshot him. On 3rd and 12, the 49ers rushed just three and Schaub had plenty of time to hit Andre Johnson for the first down. Harlson got in the backfield and stopped Slaton for no gain. Schaub tried to hit Davis deep over the middle, but it was knocked away by Clements. The 49ers stopped the Texans on 3rd down and will force the punt. They won’t get the ball back however as Battle fumbled the punt and the Texans recovered the ball at the 10. On 2nd down, Willis was held and brought down by one of the Texans lineman. No call on the play and it was an easy touchdown for Slaton. Correction, Willis wasn’t held, he was tackled.
Texans 14 – 49ers 0
Hill hit Davis on a short out route for a pickup of 6. Gore lost a couple yards on second down as he searched for a hold to the left. A false start will make the conversion even more difficult as Rachal was called for a false start. On 3rd and 11, Hill hit Crabtree for the first down and a gain of 18. So Crabtree gets the 49ers first 1st down of the game. Gore dragged a defender as he bounced the ball out left for a gain of 5. Hill hit Walker who was brought down quickly by Pollard. Wow, another call goes against the 49ers. I though for sure the Texans would be called for PI against Isaac Bruce, but the call instead went against the 49ers receiver. After Lee’s punt, the Texans will get the ball at the 22.
Schaub hit Walter over the middle to pick up a quick first down. THe 49ers defense was called for a delay of game and I can’t say I’ve seen that penalty called that often. Slaton bounced the ball out left, running very hard through some tacklers and was brought down by Willis. On 2nd and 1, Chris Brown hit a big hole in the middle and got into SF territory down to the 42. On the next play, the 49ers bit big on a play fake and Owen Daniels was wide open behind just about everybody. It couldn’t have been easier and the 49ers go down by three scores.
Texans 21 – 49ers 0
On 1st down, Hill faked to Gore and then found him over the middle for a gain of 9. Glen Coffee moved the chains, going up the middle for a short gain. Coffee was met hard at the line of scrimmage by a wall of defenders for a gain of 1 on 1st down. The 49ers will get a first down thanks to a PI call this time against the man defending Bruce. on 1st down, Hill handed the ball to Morgan on the end around. Morgan raced left and was tripped up after a gain of 6. Hill’s 2nd down pass was incomplete intended for Crabtree. Hill scrambled for a gain of 2 and that will bring up 4th and 2. On 4th down, Hill was pressured and tried to get the ball away as he was dragged down. the ball was nearly intercepted and the 49ers will turn it over on downs.
Manny Lawson got to Schaub on 2nd down for a 9-yard loss. Justin Smith tackled Slaton on 3rd down and forced a fumble which was recovered by Clements. Every review I saw was not conclusive, but that was good enough to convince the officials that Slaton was down. Another call goes against the 49ers and Nedney will not get the chance to get the 49ers on the board before halftime.
*** Injury update: T Tony Pashos has a left shoulder contusion and his return is questionable.
Two lineup changes to start the 2nd half as Alex smith is in at QB and Barry Sims is in at RT. Smith hit Crabtree over the middle for a first down conversion on 2nd down. Houston was called for encroachment and Gore was stopped for no gain to bring up 2nd and 5. Gore bounced out left behind a block by David Baas and picked up 9 for the first down. Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis for a 29-yard touchdown. Houston was called for offsides and the penalty was declined. Great opening drive by Smith in the second half.
Texans 21 – 49ers 7
*** Injury update as Tony Pashos has been ruled out for the game. Also, Vernon Davis had the wind knocked out on the touchdown pass.
Steve Slaton had one of his best ruuns of the day, hitting a big hole to the right for a gain of 12. On 1st down, Manny Lawson tracked down a shifty Slaton who caught a pass underneath from Schaub. On 3rd down, Schaub hit Anderson who was stopped by Hudson short of the first down marker. Battle called for the fair catch and the 49ers will start their drive from the 12.
On first down, Gore picked up three up the middle. On 3rd and 6, the 49ers were slow to break the huddle and the play clock hit 0. They’ll back up 5 yards and have a 3rd and 11. Smith hit Davis over the middle, but only for a gain of 4. The 49ers were called for holding which will be added to the end of the run. The Texans will begin their drive from the SF47.
McKillop tracked down Schaub who was scrambling on first down, bringing him down after a gain of 2. Schaub ran for the first down on 3rd and short. Slaton coughed up the ball on the next play. The fumble was forced and recovered by Goldson. 49ers ball at their own 34.
Smith shrugged off a would-be sack on first down and raced out just past the 1st down marker to move the chains. A nice run by Gore as he slithered up the middle for a gain of 7. Gore took the snap in the wildcat formation, going up the middle for a gain of 4 and a first down. Smith hit Crabtree for a nice gain, but SF was flagged for illegal motion. Smith hit Davis on a crossing route left for a gain of 8. Smith hit Brice wide right, but for a minimal gain of 1 after he was wrapped up quickly. That’s the end of the third quarter.
On 3rd and 6, Smith hit Crabtree right by the sticks on a comeback and picked up the first down. On 3rd and 7, Smith hit Morgan crossing over the middle. morgan was wide open and picked up 17 down to the HOU14. Smith hit Davis on a double move, slant inside for the score.
Texans 21 – 49ers 14
Houston will begin their drive from the 15. Big play by Andre Johnson who streaked down the middle of the field and somehow came up with the ball between 2 defenders. On 3rd and 6, Schaub hit Daniels for the 1st down. Schaub then found Daniels again down to the SF 11. Justin smith stopped Brown for no gain on 1st down. On 2nd and 10, Ahmad Brooks came off the left edge and dropped Schaub for a loss of 9. On 3rd and 19, Slaton picked up a couple, but Houston was called for a personal foul after the play, making it a 50-yard field goal attempt. Brown hits the field goal anyways and Houston goes up by two scores.
Texans 24 -49ers 14
Robinson fielded the kick out to the 27. Smith was under pressure on first down but was able to avoid the sack and throw the ball away. Smith hit Morgan on the right sideline who got past the sticks after a gain of 12. The 49ers were called for a delay of game and will have 1st and 15 from the 34. Smith hit Davis who found a hole in the zone over the middle for a gain of 9. On 3rd and 6, Smith hit Crabtree just past the sticks. I have to run down for postgame now, but stay tuned to Twitter for updates.
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