49ers vs. Cowboys live blog

SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 7 game against the Cowboys. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.

1:03 The 49ers win the toss and defer to the second half. The Cowboys will receive the opening kickoff.

1:08 DeForest Buckner knocks down passes on second down and third down, and the Cowboys go three-and-out.

1:08 Trent Taylor fumbles during the punt return, and the Cowboys recover at the 49ers 20-yard line. You have to admire the 49ers’ sheer commitment to making mistakes.

1:12 Elliott runs for 14 yards, then five yards, then a one-yard touchdown. The 49ers defense provided zero resistance. Not a good look. 7-0 Cowboys.

1:20 On third-and-9, Beathard has time in the pocket, but he floats a deep pass over Pierre Garcon’s head, and the Niners go three and out.

1:25 On third-and-7 from the Cowboys’ 42, Rashard Robinson commits a 17-yard pass interference penalty. That kind of play is one reason the Niners defense is so bad on third down.

1:28 On first-and-10 from the 25, Ezekiel Elliott runs for an easy touchdown. Eric Reid was playing linebacker on the play and he got blocked at the point of attack. Robert Saleh’s game plan isn’t working. 14-0 Cowboys.

1:37 Robbie Gould makes a 42-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 14-3. Beathard extended the drive with a 16-yard zone-read run on third-and-1 from the Cowboys 42. But on third-and-8 from the Cowboys 24, Beathard overthrew George Kittle at the goal line. That’s twice Beathard has overthrown an open receiver on third-and-long.

1:42 On third-and-9 from midfield, the 49ers blitz, and Dak Prescott throws a quick pass to running back Rod Smith, who gains only five yards. Cowboys punt. Good play call by Robert Saleh.

1:45 On the first play of the drive, Beathard completed a 48-yard pass down the middle of the field to Marquise Goodwin. But three plays later on third-and-12, Beathard holds the ball too long and takes a sack.

1:51 Dak Prescott gains 13 yards on a zone-read play on second-and-10. Once again, the 49ers cannot contain the quarterback on that play. That has been an issue all season. Where are the adjustments? The Cowboys will face first-and-10 from their 27 when the second quarter begins.

2:03 On third-and-7 from the 49ers 18, Jason Witten makes a one-handed touchdown catch. He beat Jaquiski Tartt on the play.

2:04 The Cowboys go for the two-point conversion. Prescott throws to Brice Butler, but Rashard Robinson breaks up the pass. Cowboys lead 20-3.

2:11 On third-and-5 from the 49ers 30, Beathard completes a 16-yard pass over the middle to George Kittle. Two plays later, Beathard takes an eight-yard sack. Tyrone Crawford beat Garrett Celek and Carlos Hyde on that play. The Niners punt on fourth-and-14.

2:16 The Cowboys run on first down and second down, and Prescott throws the ball away on third down. The Cowboys go three-and-out. Seems like they already are milking the clock halfway through the second quarter.

2:26 On second-and-goal from the 6, Demarcus Lawrence beats Joe Staley around the edge and knocks the ball out of Beathard’s hands as he was winding up to throw. The Cowboys recover at their 19-yard line.

2:30 The Cowboys let the clock run out on the first half. That was the worst half of the season for the 49ers. They’re not getting better — they’re getting worse. And Beathard is getting pummeled. My body aches watching him get hit over and over.

2:50 The 49ers go for it on fourth-and-4 from the Cowboys 28. Beathard throws to Kendrick Bourne, who falls down. Incomplete. Niners turn the ball over on downs.

2:53 On the first play of the drive, Prescott dumps the ball to Elliot in the flat, who runs 72 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Eric Reid, who was playing linebacker, got blocked out of the play near the line of scrimmage. 27-3 Cowboys.

3:01 The Cowboys bat down two of Beathard’s passes at the line of scrimmage and almost intercept another pass along the sideline. The Cowboys coaches prepared their defense well for Beathard.

3:17 Prescott runs a QB draw and scores a touchdown from two yards out. Reuben Foster injured himself during the play. He seemed to re-aggrivate a right side injury he sustained earlier in the drive. The Cowboys miss the extra point, and lead 33-3.

3:23 C.J. Beathard fumbles while getting sacked by Jaylon Smith, who blitzed up the middle. No one blocked him. Cowboys ball at the 49ers 29.

3:29 On third-and-goal from the 3, Dez Bryant beats Rashard Robinson for the touchdown catch. 40-3 Cowboys. What a disgraceful performance by the home team.

3:45 On second-and-goal from the four-yard line, Beathard runs a QB draw and scores. 49ers trail 40-10.

3:45 Trent Brown is out with a concussion.

3:54 Cooper Rush throws the ball away on fourth-and-11 from the 49ers’ 15. Beathard gets one more drive with 2:57 left.

3:57 On fourth-and-1 from the 49ers 24, a Cowboys defender knocks down Beathard’s pass at the line of scrimmage. That was the fourth Beathard pass the Cowboys have batted back into his face.

4:03 Cowboys win. Stay tuned for my postgame Periscope, news story and grades.

This article has 213 Comments

      1. But I thought you were a 49ers fan and would root for them to win regardless? True colors or is that seb’s deciple?

  1. Titans were pre-season favorites of a lot of prognosticators. They’re really kind of ‘meh.’ They’re tied with the Browns (9-9). They may lose.

  2. Would the Colts be temped if we offered Carlos Hyde , our 2018 1st rounder and 3th rounder and a 2019 2nd rounder for Andrew Luck?

  3. Its been my experience, if I don’t take the team too seriously the game has far better entertainment value.

  4. “You have to admire the 49ers’ sheer commitment to making mistakes.”

    Not sure if to laugh or cry. I think I will do both.

  5. this team is pitiful. If robinson is the best you can put out there then you need to reevaluate your talent scouting

  6. 49ers should consider going with a two tight tend set for the entire game give CJB an opportunity to stay up right and cut down on the offensive lines propensity for penalties.

  7. Tartt had good coverage but his right arm got locked under Whitten’s left arm. Shi* luck! Nice one handed grab though

  8. Game going about as expected. Is anybody surprised?

    Juanhunglo says:
    October 22, 2017 at 9:30 am

    It’s going to be a long day out there today. C.J. will look like a rookie with slightly more than a half of NFL football under his belt. Dallas will manhandle the overmatched offensive line and Dak will torch the depleted defensive backfield. It’s ok. Nobody picks the Niners to win this game right? Sure love to see it! Dallas makes my skin crawl. I’m taking Dallas to cover (6) and the under (48 1/2)

    Dallas 31 SF 15 (5 field goals)

    My buddy is at the game, says he’s surrounded by Dallas fans. Sad.

  9. Tough 1st down by Hyde. He’s running with power and speed. He has got back to the line or past it when no lanes were present. Breida put it on the ground.

  10. Everyone is taking turns today…. Sadly LOL at the two Niners defenders who just tackled each other while trying to tackle Dak :/

  11. Damn, can you penalize the o line for unnecessary roughness against their own QB? I mean their blocking should draw criminal charges.

  12. Why do I feel we are still in this game and I’m sober? It must be Fools Gold…Time for some alcohol

  13. We need to copy Dallas and draft some stud offensive lineman, especially with a young QB…Whoever that may be next year.
    Prescott usually gets plenty of time to throw.

    1. He probably can’t decide weather to laugh or cry.
      I don’t know what FA linemen are available next year but they had better bring them in. We need at least 3 new starters next year.

  14. If Dallas scores again before the Niners do, they’re going to pin their ears back and completely overwhelm the over matched offensive line. I worry for the safety of Beathard. As for him, and it’s early, and he hasn’t played enough to make a final determination, but my initial instinct from what I have seen is that I don’t see him as anything more than a perennial backup.

  15. Carlos Hyde can run the ball well, but our
    running backs must be able to pass protect. He does not seem to be able.

  16. That’s absolutely pathetic. The defense quit today. I don’t care what anyone says. The defense and the coaches all need to be held accountable.
    They all quit.

  17. Grant. Will you please just rip into the team this week in your grades?

    Also releasing Narvorrow Bowman was a massive mistake.

  18. I’m simply happy to see a competent QB playing behind center for the 49ers, even if the OL should be charged with criminal incompetence. At least the root of the problem isn’t coming from behind center for a change!

    Baby steps.

  19. They should put in Hoyer now and let him be the sacrificial lamb. I’m sure he’s hiding under the bench! I don’t blame him!

  20. With all the hype of the very close losses put to bed at the start of the 3rd Qtr, how bad are these 49ers?

  21. Teams that win Super Bowls have great offensive lines. Do the math. That should be their number one priority, followed by quarterback, and defensive backfield. Hyde is the best Forty Niner on the field today by ten miles, and probably for the season. Why would anyone want to get rid of your best player? Build around him. The Billy Bean philosophy rarely works.

  22. Foster down again… He had one nice stop today but comparisons to Willis seem quite premature. Not like Saleh knows how to put his guys in positions to succeed though.

      1. 3rd overall pick and he takes weeks off. One good, 2 bad.
        We needed a corner or safety. Not him.
        Poor drafting by Lynch and co. Foster is a China doll. Always hurt.

        As for Shanny, his team quit today. That’s on him.

  23. Darn, stop scoring. I can win some serious money here if they stay under 48 1/2. LOL, as #80 would say, PHUCK!!!

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