49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack

August 13, 2011, 2:34 am
Share This Post

Follow @MaioccoCSN
Matt MaioccoCSNBayArea.com
NEW ORLEANS -- After a scoreless third quarter, the New Orleans Saints held onto a 17-3 lead against the 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams.Third quarter recap
Rookie Colin Kaepernick remained at quarterback through the entire third quarter. The 49ers did not get much going, as one drive ended when Kaepernick's pass attempt on a fourth-and-3 from the Saints' 45 fell incomplete.The 49ers' best play of the third quarter came when Kaepernick hit receiver Kyle Williams on a third-and-9 play. Williams turned into the middle of the field was brought down after a 25-yard gain. Williams, Ronald Johnson and Lance Long saw action at wide receiver in the third quarter.Through three quarters, Kaepernick completed five of 12 passes for 74 yards. He also led the 49ers with three rushes for 36 yards.Defensively, Aldon Smith recorded a sack, as he received credit for the being the one closest to the play after Saints quarterback Chase Daniel lost the ball and recovered it for a 6-yard loss. Smith was credited with four tackles through three quarters.After giving up a big play on special teams earlier in the game, the 49ers looked as if they'd gotten one back in the third quarter. Undrafted rookie Kenny Rowe broke through to block a punt. But the play was wiped out, as the 49ers were penalized for having 12 men on the field.