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.