ARLINGTON, Texas — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ week 1 game against the Cowboys. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the Cowboys’ press box.
1:05 The 49ers inactives are Josh Johnson, Quinton Patton, Chris Cook, Anthony Davis, Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine and Marcus Martin.
1:06 The Cowboys’ inactives are Dustin Vaughan, Korey Toomer, Jack Crawford, Donald Hawkins, Darrion Weems, Anthony Spencer and Terrell McClain.
1:09 The Raiders lost 19-14 and Derek Carr averaged just 4.7 yards per attempt. He had no running game — the Raiders gained 25 yards on 15 carries. That’s a big reason the Raiders converted just 3 of 12 third downs. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson called dinks and dunks all game. You can’t move the ball consistently with a bunch of dinks and dunks if you don’t put a little fear of the deep ball in the DBs’ minds. Olson should have used more max protection schemes and made Carr take some calculated shots down the field without fear of pressure or blitzes.
1:23 The Cowboys wins the toss and elects to receive. Good choice. They don’t want their defense on the field. Dan Skuta forced the fumble.
1:25 Chris Borland and Demarcus Dobbs tackle Dwayne Harris at the Cowboys’ 20 on the kickoff.
1:27 DeMarco Murray fumbles and Chris Culliver returns it for a touchdown on the third play of the game. 7-0 Niners.
1:30 Touchback Dallas.
1:39 The Cowboys take a 30 second timeout at the 49ers’ 2 yard line facing second and 1. Ahmad Brooks has been flagged three times on this drive and has missed a tackle, too.
1:41 The Cowboys forget to block Justin Smith on second down and he sacks Romo for a 10-yard loss. Next play, Romo throws to Jason Witten in the back of the end zone and Antoine Bethea breaks up the pass. The Cowboys make the 29-yard field goal and it’s 7-3 49ers.
1:42 Murray rushed four times for 24 yards on that drive — a seven-yard run, two six-yard runs and a five-yard run.
1:43 Perris Cox replaced Tramaine Brock at LCB halfway through that drive.
1:44 Touchback. 49ers’ ball at their 20.
1:44 Joe Looney is in the game at right guard, not Alex Boone.
1:45 Brock just got carted off the field. He seems to have hurt his leg.
1:48 Three-play TD drive. Kaepernick took a shot as he completed a 37-yard pass to Anquan Boldin. Next play, Kaepernick rolls out of the pocket and hits a wide open Vernon Davis in the end zone for a 29-yard TD pass. 14-3 Niners.
1:52 Brock has a toe injury and his return is questionable.
1:59 Third play of the drive. Romo play fakes and throws deep over the middle to Terrance Williams. Eric Reid picks off the pass and returns it 48 yards to the Cowboys’ 2 yard line. Dez Bryant is shaken up on the play.
2:00 Kaepernick play fakes, rolls right and hits a wide open Vernon Davis in the end zone. 21-3 Niners with 4:25 left in the first quarter. Everyone except the Las Vegas odds makers expected this.
2:09 Chris Culliver is lying on the ground injured. The Niners’ cornerbacks now are Perrish Cox and Dontae Johnson.
2:10 Culliver gets up and walks off.
2:11 The first quarter ends. The Cowboys face first and 10 at the 49ers’ 24 when the second quarter begins.
2:12 The Cowboys are averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
2:16 On first and goal from the 5, Romo decides not to throw to a wide open Harris in the end zone. Instead, Romo holds the ball, rolls out, throws it up to Jason Witten and Patrick Willis picks it off in the end zone. The Cowboys are giving this game to the 49ers.
2:17 Culliver has an injured head and neck and his return is questionable.
2:28 The 49ers punt after a 10-play drive. Jimmie Ward downs the punt at the Cowboys’ 1.
2:29 Frank Gore popped a 20-yard run up the middle on the first play of the drive. Greg Roman called three read-options on that drive and none of them were particularly successful. Kaepernick got sacked on the drive when Bruce Carter blitzed up the middle. Kaepernick is taking shots he shouldn’t be taking a blowout.
2:32 Culliver has a concussion. He’s out.
2:36 Romo play fakes and throws deep for Dez Bryant. Perrish Cox picks it off. Romo has completed 12 of 13 attempts. Unfortunately for him, 3 of those completions have been to 49ers.
2:38 49ers start at their 36.
2:47 Carlos Hyde runs up the middle for an easy 4-yard TD run. The play before, Hyde busted through the middle for 13 yards. 28-3 with 39 seconds left in the half.
2:48 When Romo is hot, he’s unstoppable. When he’s bad, he’s bad. Today, he’s bad. Tough to win a game when you turn the ball over 4 times in a half.
2:52 Halftime. Call me crazy but I think Jason Garrett lost his locker room.
2:56 The 49ers have 200 total yards. The Cowboys have 194.
2:57 The 49ers have 12 first downs. The Cowboys have 14.
3:06 Touchback. 49ers’ ball at their 20.
3:08 Kaepernick throws over the middle to Vernon Davis on third-and-10 and Barry Church knocks the ball away. The 49ers go three-and-out. Kaepernick’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage on first down and Frank Gore carried the ball for no gain on second down.
3:12 Dontae Johnson breaks up a pass intended for Terrance Williams on third-and-9 and the Cowboys go three-and-out. Bruce Ellington makes a fair catch with no one around and the 49ers are flagged for holding. They will start at their 10.
3:16 Kaepernick tries to change the play at the line of scrimmage on third-and-4 from the 16 but Crabtree doesn’t hear him so Kaepernick calls timeout.
3:17 Kaepernick goes after Morris Claiborne and completes a 9-yard pass to Boldin on third down.
3:22 Kaepernick gets decked as he throws and Justin Durant picks it off but fumbles before anyone touches him and Michael Crabtree recovers. First and 10 at their 42. The refs are reviewing the play.
3:25 The refs rule the pass is incomplete because he didn’t complete the catch. Third and 10 at the 49ers’ 47.
3:27 Kaepernick throws left into double coverage and is lucky the pass isn’t picked. Andy Lee punts. Harris makes a fair catch at the Cowboys’ 13.
3:29 Worth noting: Kelvin Benjamin has 6 catches for 92 yards and a TD against Tampa.
3:32 Craig Dahl is flagged for illegal contact on third-and-21. Automatic first down.
3:37 Ward is flagged for illegal contact on third-and-7. Automatic first down.
3:38 On third-and-18 Romo throws deep for Harris who jumps and catches the ball over Cox at the 49ers’ 11 yard line.
3:42 Murray runs into into the end zone on fourth-and-1 from the 2. Romo raises his arms and pumps his fists. 28-10 Niners with 29 seconds left in the third quarter.
3:45 Touchback. 49ers’ ball at their 20.
3:48 Kaepernick completes a 7-yard pass to Boldin over the middle on first down and the third quarter ends.
3:50 Joe Looney is flagged for holding on second and 3.
3:54 Brandon Lloyd is flagged for holding on third-and-7 for creating an illegal pick.
3:55 Roman calls a QB draw on third-and-17 and Kaepernick gains 8 yards up the middle.
3:55 Harris drops the punt and the ball bounces out of bounds at the Cowboys’ 9 yard line.
3:59 Dontae Johnson breaks up a deep pass intended for Terrance Williams on second down and now it’s third-and-three.
4:02 Romo throws the ball 5 feet over Cole Beasley’s head and the Cowboys go three and out. Ellington returns the punt to the 49ers’ 41.
4:07 Phil Dawson misses a 37-yard field goal. That’s the opening the Cowboys needed.
4:14 It’s clear that Hyde is the best running back on the team right now. He’s been terrific today.
4:16 Ward is shaken up and he walks off the field. The 49ers have just two corners left.
4:17 It’s the two-minute warning. Cowboys face first and goal from the 2 when play resumes.
4:19 Brock is back in.
4:20 Romo completes a 2-yard TD pass to Terrance Williams. Dontae Johnson gave up the catch. 28-17 Niners with 1:52 left.
4:24 The 49ers are examining Ward for a head injury.
4:25 Boldin recovers the onside kick. I’m headed down to the locker room. Back at you shortly with my grades.