SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
4:55 NaVorro Bowman will play tonight, so the 49ers must feel the grass isn’t an issue. We’ll see.
4:59 Monitor the Colin Kaepernick-Torrey Smith connection. They linked up only eleven times during 11-on-11 drills in training camp. Kaepernick seems more comfortable throwing to other receivers, like Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Quinton Patton.
5:04 Dallas wins the opening toss and chooses to receive.
5:05 Punter Bradley Pinion kicks the kickoff, and the ball bounces through the end zone for a touchback.
5:08 Bowman stops Darren McFadden after a one-yard gain on first-and-10. On third-and-10, Tony Romo completes a swing pass to running back Lance Dunbar, who slips on the grass.
5:09 Jarryd Hayne returns the punt 27 yards.
5:16 Colin Kaepernick throws a back-shoulder fade to Torrey Smith on third-and-goal from the 7, and cornerback Corey White slaps the ball out of Smith’s hands. Phil Dawson makes a 25-yard field goal and the score is 3-0 Niners.
5:18 Kaepernick completed two of four pass attempts on the drive. He had one completion to tight end Vance McDonald for seven yards, and one completion to running back Carlos Hyde for six yards.
5:18 The first two plays of the drive were stretch zone runs to the right. Carlos Hyde gained five yards on the first carry and six yards on the second carry. Later during the drive, Hyde took a stretch zone run to the left, cut it back to the right and gained 17.
5:19 Brandon Weeden replaces Tony Romo at quarterback.
5:21 Shayne Skov replaces Bowman at inside linebacker.
5:23 Tight end Gavin Escobar drops a pass on third-and-three and the Cowboys go three-and-out.
5:23 Hayne gets tackles by the punter after a 34-yard punt return. This guy is making the team.
5:28 On second-and-6, Marcus Martin and Erik Pears get beat almost immediately, Kaepernick scrambles around in the pocket, eventually gets taken down by Randy Gregory for a 14-yard loss and the Niners go three-and-out.
5:34 The Cowboys go three-and-out again, and Hayne returns the punt 23 yards.
5:35 Vance McDonald has an ankle injury and is out. Tank Carradine has a leg injury and is questionable to return.
5:36 Blaine Gabbert replaces Kaepernick.
5:40 End of the first quarter.
5:41 Running back Mike Davis loses a yard on third-and-1, and Phil Dawson makes a 33-yard field goal. 6-0 Niners.
5:47 Eli Harold and Quinton Dial sack Weeden on third-and-11, and Dallas goes three-and-out.
5:51 Backup right tackle Trent Brown falls over on third-and-7, Gabbert gets sacked for a two-yard loss and the Niners go three-and-out.
5:59 Third-string quarterback Dustin Vaughan just threw a pick-six to Mike Purcell. 13-0 Niners. How much do you think the Niners could get for Purcell in a trade?
6:06 Outside linebacker Eli Harold hits Vaughan on second-and-9, and the Cowboys punt two plays later.
6:11 On third-and-14, Quinton Patton catches a short pass and runs backward for a loss of 12. Horrendous.
6:12 On the first play of Dallas’ drive, slot cornerback Keith Reaser gives up a 21-yard catch over the middle to….A.J. Jenkins. Ooof.
6:16 Craig Dahl intercepts a pass over the middle thrown by Dustin Vaughan. Dahl is having a good game. Vaughan is not.
6:20 Blaine Gabbert gets sacked on third-and-11. Justin Renfrow gave up the sack.
6:24 End of the second quarter.
6:38 On third-and-1, Gabbert keeps the ball on a read-option play, loses five yards and the Niners go three-and-out.
6:43 Dontae Johnson and L.J. McCray fight over a gimme interception on third-and-8 and both of them drop it. Bailey misses the field goal. Still 13-0 Niners.
6:46 Dylan Thompson replaces Gabbert.
6:51 Hayne bursts through a hole on a stretch-zone run to the left, stiff arms a defender and gains 34 yards. I told you this guy is making the team.
6:51 Corey Acosta makes a 38-yard field goal and the Niners lead 16-0.
6:59 A.J. Jenkins makes a downfield as he takes a big shot from Jaquiski Tartt. Gain of 19. I always knew Jenkins could play.
7:04 After a Dallas punt, the 49ers have the ball at their 17.
7:11 End of the third quarter.
7:15 Marcus Rush sacks Vaughan on third-and-5, the Cowboys punt from their end zone, Quinton Patton blocks the punt and recovers in the end zone. 23-0 Niners with 12:46 left.
7:30 L.J. McCray blitzes up the middle and crushes the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback.
7:31 On first down, Dylan Thompson rolls to his right and hits rookie tight end Busta Anderson for a gain of 29.
7:43 Marcus Cromartie gives up an 8-yard touchdown catch to wide receiver Nick Harwell. Dallas goes for two, and rookie undrafted safety Jermaine Whitehead intercpets Jameill Showers in the end zone. The Niners lead 23-6.