SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers Exhibition Season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. I will update this with information and analysis from the Levi’s Stadium press box.
5:27 I’m eager to see what the 49ers pass rush will do tonight. It has been terrific in training camp, but has been facing the 49ers offensive line, which may or may not be any good. Tonight, it will face the Cowboys offensive line, which is fantastic.
5:50 Here are the 49ers who will not play tonight:
- DL Arik Armstead
- G Jonathan Cooper
- LB Brock Coyle
- OL J.P. Flynn
- G Joshua Garnett
- S Marcell Harris
- CB Richard Sherman
- WR Trent Taylor
- LB Fred Warner
- TE Cole Wick
- CB K’Waun Williams
6:00 Warner is out with a chest injury he suffered last week in training camp. He took a shot from undrafted running back Jeff Wilson during one-on-one blocking drills.
7:03 The 49ers win the toss and defer. Smart choice. Increases their odds of winning this critical game.
7:12 On second-and-7 from the 49ers 30-yard line, Dak Prescott throws a long touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup, who beat cornerback Jimmie Ward. When Prescott threw the pass, Ward turned to find the ball and stopped running. Strange technique. Cowboys lead 7-0.
7:14 Earlier in the drive, DeForest Buckner beat rookie left guard Connor Williams instantly off the snap and hit Prescott. Thomas finished the play and took Prescott down. Thomas and Buckner split the sack.
7:21 On third-and-16, Garoppolo completes a 7-yard check down pass to Jerick McKinnon, and the 49ers punt on the next play.
7:22 Malcolm Smith has a hamstring injury and his return is questionable.
7:29 Solomon Thomas took a helmet to the knee. He just walked straight to the locker room.
7:34 Matt Breida just took a knee to the helmet, and now he’s injured.
7:35 Thomas has a head injury and is questionable. George Kittle has a shoulder injury and is questionable.
7:57 Garry Gilliam has a head injury as well. Five injuries in less than one half. What a nightmare.
8:15 Bo Scarborough runs up the middle for one-yard touchdown, and the Cowboys lead 14-0.
8:30 Joe Williams powers into the end zone from one-yard out, and the 49ers trail 14-7.
8:53 Pettis makes a 53-yard catch that would have been a touchdown had C.J. Beathard not underthrown the pass. The play was a play-action roll out. Pettis was running the clear-out route. The corner covering him stopped covering him and ran at Aaron Burbrige, who was running the crossing route, and left Pettis wide open.
8:54 Robbie Gould makes a 26-yard field goal, and the 49ers trail 14-10.
10:28 The 49ers won 24-21. Stay tuned for my game story, which I will post tonight, and my grades, which I will post first thing in the morning.