49ers vs. Texans: Houston Hammers Niners, 30-7

The San Francisco 49ers are hosting the Houston Texans for the ever-important third game of the NFL Preseason. The 49ers will be looking to get Colin Kaepernick and the backup running back time against the Texans starters, while Houston is installing a new defense. For more on the game and the team in general, head over to Niners Nation, SB Nation's 49ers blog.

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San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans, NFL Scores: Niners Struggle To Find Footing In 30-7 Loss

Down 24-7 at the half, the San Francisco 49ers had to come out of the locker room with a new mentality to start a rally against the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, the team continued to struggle on offense in the second half, and the Niners fell 30-7 to the Texans on Saturday evening at Candlestick Park.

Second string quarterback Colin Kaepernick had trouble throughout the game and completed only 6 of 16 passes for 52 yards. Alex Smith did not make an appearance in the second half, as coach Jim Harbaugh wanted to see what Kaepernick had to offer.

Running back Kendall Hunter played well, picking up 40 yards on eight rushing attempts. Frank Gore suited up and was available on the sidelines, but he did not see any game action.

The second half was bereft of offense on either side, as both the Texans and Niners were unable to find the endzone. Matt Leinart played quarterback for the Texans in the second half, completing 7/10 passes.

Harbaugh used this game to take a look at his depth, and it's difficult to determine if his evaluation process was successful at this juncture. The lack of playing time for Alex Smith is quite puzzling, as the third preseason game is usually reserved for playing the starters as much as possible.

Head on over to Niners Nation to discuss the game and the 49ers.

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Houston Texans Off To Fast Start, 49ers Struggle To Find Consistency In First Half, 24-7

The Houston Texans got off to a slow start against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, but a costly mistake was quickly erased by an overwhelming offensive attack. At the half, the Texans lead the 49ers 24-7.

Things couldn't have started any better for the Niners, as linebacker Ahmad Brooks intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass attempt of the game and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. With only ten seconds off the clock, the home team was already seven points up.

Before the game, head coach Jim Harbaugh made it known that he wanted to see how his second string QB, Colin Kaepernick, would look against the first string defense of the Texans. Harbaugh was hoping to see just how deep his squad is, and the results were not what he desired.

Kaepernick was erratic, completing only 1 of 5 passes, throwing a 73-yard interception returned for a touchdown by former Arizona State safety Troy Nolan.

Starting quarterback Alex Smith did not fare much better, going 2 for 6 on pass attempts in limited duty. Expect to see more from Smith in the second half, as Harbaugh cannot be satisfied with the production he has seen thus far.

Both sides of the ball struggled to find their footing in the first half. Schaub was able to complete 14 passes for 170 yards, showcasing his fantasy upside while taking advantage of top flight wide receiver Andre Johnson and erstwhile tight end Owen Daniels.

The Niners offense only converted three first downs, one of which was from a penalty. Between Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon, the running game managed 31 yards on ten rushing attempts. Without Frank Gore, this is an entirely different team.

On defense, linebacker NaVorro Bowman collected five tackles, while 2011 first round pick Aldon Smith added three of his own.

For more Niners coverage (and to join in the commiseration) head on over to Niners Nation.

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