I’m all set up in the pressbox awaiting the 49ers 7:00 CT kickoff against the Dallas Cowboys. The fans are just now starting to pile into this huge stadium. They’re playing photos on the video screens of the construction which are very impressive.
Stay tuned to this blog throughout the game. I’ll try to keep you updated on the scoring drives, an injury news and stats.
The 49ers allowed one first down, and got a second on third down as Tony Romo completed a pass to Kevin Ogletree over the middle. Get pressure from Takeo Spikes on the next first down, forcing Romo from the pocket who then threw it out of bounds. On 3rd and 10, Romo found Jason Witten over the middle but was stopped short of the marker. Nick Folk came on and connected on the 49-yard attempt, but the Cowboys were called for holding and brought out the punting unit.
On first down, Hill found Frank Gore out of the backfield who picked up about 8 yards. Gore then picked up the first down running up the right side. The 49ers picked up another first down thanks to a run by Gore and a short pass to Michael Robinson. Offsides by NT Jay Ratliff gave the 49ers their third first down out to the Cowboys 44-yard line. The 49ers tried to run with Gore on 3rd and 10 but picked up only 4 yards. Lee came on to punt.
After the Cowboys picked up a first down on their second run behind the legs of Marion Barber, Justin Smith pressured Romo who wasn’t able to hook up with the receiver thanks to blanket coverage by Clements. 3rd and 10, Romo has all day to throw and finds Miles Austin deep down field in the middle of the zone. The 49ers only rushed 3 linemen. INTERCEPTION by Mark Roman who returned it into Dallas territory.
The 49ers offense couldn’t get anything going and was forced to punt. At the end of the first quarter, the game is still scoreless.
Romo started the 2nd quarter with a quick strike to Crayton. Haralson was called for illegal hands to the face and the Cowboys will have a first down at their own 46. On third and short, it appears that the 49ers defense was able to hold, but Dallas went for it on 4th and Barber picked it up. Play by Romo who found Austin on the left sideline just past the sticks. Cowboys are now down to th 30. Barber carried for another 1st down, breaking tackles straight up the middle. Great play by Kentwan Balmer who dragged down Barber in the backfield. Dallas is now 6 of 7 on3rd down with the completion to Witten. 1st and goal for the Cowboys at the 5. The Cowboys get on the board first on a draw to Felix Jones.
Cowboys 7 – 49ers 0
The 49ers will start their drive at the 18-yard line. I apologize but I lost internet connection, but the 49ers went three and out. Dallas returned the ball to the 15 and tacked on another five yard because of a penalty on the 49ers. The defense was able to hold and force the field goal.
Cowboys 10 – 49ers 0
The 49ers were only 1-4 on third downs but gained 19 yard on a pass to Battle on third down to keep the chains moving. the 49ers couldn’t get in the end zone but did get on the board with a field goal.
Cowboys 10 – 49ers 3 (That’s the score at half)
Michael Spurlock fielded the opening kickoff in the secon half and took a knee for the touchback. Hill will start the second half at QB. A nine yard pass from Hill to Coffe will give the 49ers a first down at the 34. The 49ers are now 4-8 on third down conversions. Electing to pass on third and short, Hill was under pressure but was able to throw it away. Andy Lee came on to punt. The 49ers were called for a false start on the kick, which really could have gone either way against the offense or defense. Crayton returns the punt to the 23-yard line.
Tarell Brown made a nice pass breakup on first down and nearly picked it off as he went out of bounds. In at RB, Tashard Choice carried for 4 yards on 2nd down. Martellus hauled in the pass from Jon Kitna to pick up the third down conversion. The Cowboys are now 5 of 9 on third downs. No such luck for Kitna on the next third down, missing badly on a pass intended for Miles Austin.
The 49ers will begin their drive at the 21-yard line. The 49ers will start with a new offensive line of Boone, Howard, Spanos, Toledo and Bender from right to left. Huard is in at QB. Huard finds Battle for a pretty completion on the right sideline. The 13-yard gain gives them a first down. Anthony Spencer sacked Huard for a loss of 4. Huar’d next pass went off the hands of Walker who looked like he was held. Walker wanted the flag but no such luck. The third down pass missed Walker wide and the 49ers will have to punt. Crayton returns the punt to the 45-yard line where the Cowboys will take over.
The 49ers defense held strong, forcing the punt. They will take over at the 12.
Nate Davis is now in the game at QB. Kory Sheets is now in the game at RB and picks up the first down. Screen pass to Sheets who gets out close to the first down marker. It will bring up a third and short. Play action pass from Davis, who finds Delanie Walker across the middle He is forced out of bounds after breaking a tackle for a gain of 20 yards. Davis scrambles up the middle for a decent gain of 6 yards. Sheet’s will take the handoff and plunge straight up the middle for a 5 yard gain and the first down. Davis fakes the handoff, rolls right and finds Spurlock on the right sideline for the first down at the 20. Davis hits Finley on a crossing route who slides down near the 1-yard line. An illegal contact penalty is declined and the 49ers will have a first and goal from the 1. Kory Sheets wastes no time getting in, hurdling the pile at the line of scrimmage and tumbling end over end for the score.
49ers 10 – Cowboys 10
Diyral Briggs made a possible TD saving tackle on the kickoff, bringing down Stanbach at the 31. Chioce carries for a gain of 2, but that’s the end of the third quarter. Big hole on the draw for Choice up the middle. the 12-yard gain gives Dallas the first down. Kitna found Bennett on first down for a gain of 2. Bennett was met quickly by Tarell Brown. More success on the draw play as Choice had another huge hole to get the first down. Another draw and another big gain for Choice to the 9-yard line. The 49ers held strong on 3rd and 1 as Mitchell made a nice stop. The Cowboys are just a few chain links short and the fans at Cowboys stadium are letting it be know that they wanted to go for it. Folk comes on to give the Cowboys the lead with a 26-yard boot.
Cowboys 13 – 49ers 10
Spurlock returns the kick to the 23. Delay in the game as Dallas CB Alan Ball is down on the field. It was a pretty violent collision on the kickoff and Ball is being attended to by the training staff. Ball was able to walk off on his own. a facemack penaly on Dallas give sthe 49ers a first down at the 36. Good improvisation by Sheets who was initially stuffed at the line but broke it wide for a good gain. The run was negated because of a block in the back by Jason Hill. That will make it 1st and 15. An illegal snap will back them up 5 more yards. A sack by Jason Hatcher won’t help and it’s now 2nd and 24. Sheets picks up 5 yards, but it will still be 3rd and 19. Davis tries to find Sheets for a screen pass, but he can’t hang on and the 49ers will have to punt.
Great hit by Carlos Thomas who lit up DeAngelo Smith who would have been wise to signal for the fair catch. I’ll have to run down to film Singletary’s postgame presser in not too long so don’t forget to follow the end of the game action on Twitter. Eric Green forced a fumble after a catch by Stanback. Reggie Smith recovered and the 49ers will take over at the Dallas 31.
Under pressure, Davis rolled out and hit Brit Miller who dove to make the catch. The defender never touched him and Miller got up and picked up a few more yards and the first down. Davis fins Miller again in the left flat, but this time he’s met quickly for a gain of just 3. Spurlock enters at QB and hands off to Sheets for a nice gain. He’s stopped short and the 49ers will kick the FG.
49ers 13 – Cowboys 13
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