Exhibition 3: 49ers at Cowboys

Exhibition 3: 49ers at Cowboys 

 

After getting lost in some secret passageway here at the new $1.15 billion Cowboys Stadium, I’ve settled into my seat to watch the video board. (I’m assuming it’ll be showing the 49ers-Cowboys game a little later.)

 


Picture302.jpgHere’s what’s going on pregame:

 

–Backup center Cody Wallace is sick and not expected to play tonight. Eric Heitmann, of course, will start and probably play the first half. Matt Spanos will play the remainder of the game.

 

–The 49ers are in the market for a backup tackle after Marvel Smith’s retirement. They have not arranged for any visits yet. They’d like to sign (or acquire in a trade) a player who will be with the team for more than a week. The 49ers must cut down to 75 players on Sept. 1, and to the 53-man limit by Sept. 5.

 

–At 5:38, 49ers punter Andy Lee proved definitively that he can reach the 90-foot high video board with one of his efforts. He drilled the underside of the massive structure that hangs from 20-yard line to 20-yard line.

 

–And what a video board it is. How big? Along both sidelines, the screen size is the equivalent of 5,000 TV screens of 52 inches.

 

FIRST QUARTER

 

–Patrick Willis stops Jason Witten after a 2-yard completion. Willis hasn’t lost it.

 

–All kinds of time for Tony Romo to throw. He hits Kevin Ogletree vs. Nate Clements for 15 yards and a first down.

 

–Ogletree with another third-down conversion against Clements for 21 yards.

 

–Takeo Spikes come free on first-down blitz, but Romo sidesteps him and throws incomplete.

 

–No pressure on second down. Romo had Ogletree open against Clements, but overthrew him.

 

–Dre’ Bly makes the stop of Witten for 5 yards on third-and-5.

 

–Cowboys lose points from Nick Folk’s field goal because of a holding penalty. Mat McBriar’s punt goes into end zone. 49ers take over at the 20.

 

–Shaun Hill hits Frank Gore on a swing pass for 8 yards.

 

–Michael Robinson enters on fourth play and catches 11-yard pass.

 

–On third and 10 from 43, Micheal Spurlock runs the “Taser.” Looked like he made the wrong choice to hand to Gore with DE Anthony Spencer crashing down off left end. It’s stopped for 3 yards. Niners punt.

 

–INJURY UPDATE: Safety Michael Lewis took a knee to his helmet. He went into the locker room to get checked out.

 

–Dashon Goldson makes nice open-field tackle of Marion Barber after 6-yard gain to set up third-and-2 from the Dallas 28.

 

–Barber picks up first down on a run around left end, where he met Bly and Goldson near yard-marker and pushed forward.

 

–Justin Smith with good pressure on Romo to force incomplete pass.

 

–On third downs, Mark Roman and Shawntae Spencer enter. It’s third-and-10 . . . three-man rush . . . all kinds of time. Complete to Miles Austin for 22 yards and a first down.

 

–The 49ers just spent their second timeout of the first half on defense.

 

–Oh, heck, I just noticed . . . there’s a football game being played underneath the big video board here at Cowboys Stadium.

 

–Mark Roman. That’s right, Mark Roman with the interception and a long return into Cowboys territory. Parys Haralson got pressure on Romo and hit him as he was throwing on a stunt.

 

–That Roman return was for 57 yards.

 

–Robinson is running the Taser now. He hands off to Gore for a short gain. Niners stopped on third down, too.

 

–Roman with a heck of a play to trip of Felix Jones after 13 yards. He would’ve taken it to the house if it weren’t for Roman.

 

SECOND QUARTER

 

–Clements’ rough day continues. He gave up 19-yard pass to Patrick Crayton. Clements struggled last year when the 49ers came to play the Cowboys, too.

 

–Lawson was taken down with a chop block. Ahmad Brooks replaces him for one play. Lawson hobbles back onto the field to replace Brooks.

 

–Lawson and Isaac Sopoaga help stack up Julius Crosslin on third-and-1 short of the first down. It’s fourth and less than 1.

 

–Barber gets the yardage, and the drive continues.

 

–Barber with a big gain through a hole that Lawson occupied. It’s a 12-yard gain and another first down.

 

–Looks like Dre’ Bly just faked an injury so the 49ers wouldn’t have to use another timeout. He goes off the field.

 

–The 49ers say Bly had a “cramp.” OK. The next play, Bly returned.

 

–Jones with the inside handoff and scores from 3 yards out. It’s COWBOYS 7, 49ERS 0 with 7:27 left in the half.

 

–It’s Coffee time. He’s in the game in place of Gore, and Battle replaces Isaac Bruce.

 

–On third down, Jay Ratliff beats Chilo Rachal for the sack of Hill.

 

–Andy Lee’s punt does not hit the video screen. Maybe he should’ve have tried. The punt is returned deep into 49ers territory. Cowboys take over at the 49ers’ 9.

 

–Third and goal at the 4 . . . false starts pushes it back to the 9 . . . Cowboys settle for a short field goal. That makes it COWBOYS 10, 49ERS 0 with 2:53 remaining in the half.

 

–Arnaz Battle with two third-down catches of 17 and 19 yards. Ball on the Dallas 35. That guy has to make this team.

 

–Battle with another third-down reception. The 49ers have the ball on the 24 with :11 remaining in the half.

 

 

–Joe Nedney is sent out for a 42-yard FG with :11 remaining. He makes it. It’s COWBOYS 10, 49ERS 3 with :07 left in the half.

 

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And, as is our custom for exhibition games, that’ll be a wrap for the live blogging. I have to write my newspaper articles.

 

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