49ers vs. Cowboys: Score, Stats & Highlights

Final Score: 49ers 28, Cowboys 17

Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys


San Francisco came out firing against Dallas, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter in a 28-17 win over the Cowboys.

After the dominant first quarter, Dallas’ defense stiffened to keep the 49ers to only one more touchdown but San Francisco’s defense also kept Dallas out of the endzone until the game was well in hand.

Here’s how it happened.

49ers Defense Returns Fumble for TD

Less than a minute into the game, Dallas running back Demarco Murray fumbled the ball, and San Francisco capitalize, as cornerback Chris Culliver returned the fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.

Cowboys Respond With FG

Tony Romo, Justin Smith, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers


Dallas kicker Dan Bailey capped off a long Dallas drive with a field goal to cut into San Francisco’s lead.

The Cowboys had the ball at the 2-yard line on second-down, but San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith sacked Dallas quarterback Tony Romo for a loss, (pictured) and Romo’s third-down pass fell incomplete.

49ers Offense Strikes Fast

So much for San Francisco not being a quick-strike offense.

Just three plays after Dallas scored its field goal, San Francisco capped off an 80-yard drive when quarterback Colin Kaepernick somehow stayed on his feet and avoided falling down after being tripped by a blitzing Dallas defender. Once Kaepernick got his balance, he hit a wide-open Vernon Davis in the end zone to extend the 49ers’ lead to 14-3.

On the play before that, Kaepernick found Anquan Boldin for a 37-yard pass.

Romo Throws Interception, 49ers Capitalize

Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys


San Francisco has only run four offensive plays, and Dallas is already in trouble.

Eric Reed picked off Romo and ran it back to the Dallas two-yard line before Kaepernick hit Davis for the duo’s second-touchdown play.

On the play before Reed’s interception, San Francisco appeared to return a second fumble for a touchdown when they stripped Dallas tight end Jason Witten on the first play after the 49ers last score, but Witten’s knee was ruled down after a replay.

Dallas’ offense is getting rocked by the 49ers’ defense though, including in this video.

49ers Add One More TD Before Half

Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys


San Francisco added to its big-lead with just 39 seconds left in the first half when running back Carlos Hyde scored his first career touchdown from two yards out.

Earlier in the second quarter, Dallas nearly scored, but Romo’s pass to the back of the end zone was picked off by Patrick Willis (pictured).

Cowboys Score First TD

DeMarco Murray, who has rushed for 118 yards, scored Dallas’ first touchdown of the game on 4th-and-1 from the two-yard-line for the Cowboys’ first touchdown of the game.

At the end of the third quarter, San Francisco leads the Cowboys 28-10.

Cowboys Add Late TD

With less than two minutes in the game, Tony Romo hit Terrance Williams across the middle of the endzone for a touchdown pass. But despite scoring 14-unanswered points, it’s too little, too late for the Cowboys.

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